- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: October 24, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009W4HQSE
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The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction Audiobook – Unabridged
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For the most part, this was all riveting stuff. If you've read more than a few biology books, some sections will seem a little repetitive - you can start predicting what the human experiments will be like (and their results) while you're still reading about slugs or voles, but I think the approach was necessary to show to what extent the animal experiments map over to human experience, with our rather more complex brains.
For me, the biggest irony of the book was in the last chapter, where the authors claim that science can't answer the 'big questions' - that those are better left to religion and philosophy. It's ironic because the book just finished giving a better answer to one of the biggest questions of all - 'what is love?' - than any religion or philosophy I've encountered. It seemed like a bone thrown to a largely religious audience in an attempt to make their findings more palatable. Why do I think the authors were insincere here? It might have to do with their flippant analogy of the child who endlessly asks 'why?' and the speed at which the parent collapses into an answer like 'Because that's God's plan' or 'Let's go watch Sponge Bob!'.
Despite these minor quibbles, I found the book delightful and informative and recommend it to anyone getting started in a scientific study of human sexuality. (Also good, with surprisingly little overlap in the studies covered: Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation.)