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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jena Pincott Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400178254
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Cosmopolitan meets Scientific American in this entertaining and informative question-and-answer book on human attraction. Based on the latest studies in science, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? answers more than 100 wild, weird, and very pressing questions, including:

  • Why do some men smell better to you than others?
  • Are good dancers also good in bed?
  • Why are more women than men bisexual?
  • Can your genes make you adulterous?
  • What can you tell about your date by looking at his or her hands?
  • Why aren’t there more male muses?
  • Why do blondes seem to attract the most attention from men?

All of these questions have answers that are based in science, and author Jena Pincott explains the reasons for love and attraction, and to what extent our dating and mating lives are controlled by urges and instincts. Organized into three sections, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? provides useful, funny, and accessible answers to these questions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Witty, captivating, scientifically sound, and great fun. Every curious man and woman will love this book.”

    Louann Brizendine, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Female Brain

  • “Playfully written.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This book puts together a tremendous amount of potentially useful information in a well-written, entertaining, and easy-to-understand format.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/9/2014

    " Very entertaining. Even tough there are a lot of details and scientific fact, it doesn't read like a science book, the author uses humor to make this a very enjoyable read. It makes a great coffee table book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/5/2014

    " I am fascinated with behavioral economics, stimulated by Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Ariely's excellent contributions. This book continues the discussion from yet another viewpoint. It is not as scientifically written as the others but is very accessible and compelling. There are several revelations not found elsewhere. If you're interested in what drives human behavior and decision-making, this is a fine read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 1/22/2014

    " Mildly amusing, but definitely the People magazine version of science writing. Instead of taking one topic and researching it in depth, as Mary Roach does, this author glosses over a myriad of topics related to sex, love, and attraction. Each one gets at most 2 pages and every entry ends with a "funny" quip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 1/22/2014

    " It was an interesting exploration of human attraction. I enjoyed it but I'm about 20 years older than the target audience- most of the Q&A was skewed toward those who haven't yet bred. A little fluffy, which fact was telegraphed by the purple type throughout. But fun. Worth a look, especially if you're twenty-something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/20/2014

    " Very interesting and well written. Sometimes science books are written too dry and poorly, which is a shame since they do not do justice to their topic (which is not saying that the style should dumb down the way information is conveyed -- just keep it interesting!). This book was a great read with lots of information that was not only interesting, but quite useful if you are wanting to maximise your tips as a waitress or scientific explanations for attraction! I definitely recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/16/2014

    " I was hoping for a more scientific look at physiological responses to sex and attraction. What I found was more of a beginners guide to your body. I thought the author was also so specific about her audience that she ended up alienating some readers. Female, 18-25, Heterosexual. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher Litsinger | 1/11/2014

    " While this books claims to be about the neuroscience and physiology of love and sex it reads more like a self-help book targeted to single women. My reaction to the book is no doubt colored by that, but overall it was pretty meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 1/9/2014

    " I didn't finish this book because of the sexist remarks and terrible puns! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charise | 1/7/2014

    " I picked this book up on a whim. It was actually very interesting, and had a few tests you could do to rate your own "matability" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalía | 12/22/2013

    " The evolutionary reasons behind male and female behavior is fascinating. Whether you are male, female, heterosexual or not, you're bound to enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indivisibler | 12/14/2013

    " totally fascinating book on science of attraction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Keener | 12/6/2013

    " This book was engaging and filled w/fascinating studies! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lola | 12/5/2013

    " Lots of great conversation starters in here. Fun! Some of the information seems questionable and inaccurate, but I get that it's not necessarily a "hard science" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Decker | 5/14/2013

    " Answers to a lot of good questions "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/6/2013

    " Lovely. Sex and the human brain: taking it apart, seeing how it works, and putting it back together again. We really are just big dumb animals, folks. Some of us bigger and dumber than others... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jenn | 8/23/2012

    " This was a lot of fun to read. I picked it up because I thought it would help me better portray things like flirtation and relationships in my own writing. It's written in a conversational tone, and not very science-y, but it was quick and informative for my purposes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willa Grant | 2/17/2012

    " I loved this book! Every question & answer was fun & interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hopemontier | 10/30/2011

    " LOVE this book! It gets into all the subconscious reasons we're attracted to certain people, and what happens when we fall in love. Clue: smells, shapes, hormones, genes, and body language have a lot to do with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom prigg | 10/18/2011

    " This was an excellent book that went into the biology of attraction. The author used both psychological and neurological studies to explain differences in attraction and sex among the sexes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BLACK CAT | 9/24/2011

    " REALLY INTERESTING AND FUN TO READ. THE BOOK EXPLAINS SOME OF THE MOST COMMON BEHAVIORS DURING ROMANTIC DATES. THE AUTHOR EXPLAINS THE SCIENCE OF ATTRACTION WITH TRUE FACTS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaDonna Burns | 8/6/2011

    " I learned so much reading this book about how science ties into who we love. There were a lot of things I knew instinctively, so it was nice knowing that I wasn't just imagining things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 3/22/2011

    " A very enjoyable read! The author deals with the science behind sex, love, and attraction. She explores ~100 questions that were driven by her somewhat insatiable curiosity with science, sex appeal, and the subconscious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/10/2011

    " Basic book of facts with minimal valuable commentary, frequently informative and sometimes surprising. Worth a look for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/16/2010

    " This was an excellent book that went into the biology of attraction. The author used both psychological and neurological studies to explain differences in attraction and sex among the sexes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 12/15/2010

    " I can always enjoy a psychological look at sex and gender. Some of it seemed a little far reaching to me but still full of good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 10/8/2010

    " Basic book of facts with minimal valuable commentary, frequently informative and sometimes surprising. Worth a look for sure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 9/13/2010

    " While this books claims to be about the neuroscience and physiology of love and sex it reads more like a self-help book targeted to single women. My reaction to the book is no doubt colored by that, but overall it was pretty meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaDonna | 4/6/2010

    " I learned so much reading this book about how science ties into who we love. There were a lot of things I knew instinctively, so it was nice knowing that I wasn't just imagining things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logo | 3/30/2010

    " Some slightly skewed research interpretation but tons of interesting things to think about.
    Chemicals and hormones and genetics, oh my! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/19/2010

    " This book was a fascinating look at the science between attraction and love. It covered everything from brain chemistry to hormones to body language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelley | 1/4/2010

    " I really expected more from this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/5/2009

    " This book was engaging and filled w/fascinating studies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 12/5/2009

    " Interesting, a little depresseng until I remembered that statistics only apply to populations and not individuals. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 10/1/2009

    " I didn't finish this book because of the sexist remarks and terrible puns! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mllec | 8/17/2009

    " Some of the information was interesting, but if you regularly read Cosmo, Glamour, et. al., then very little will feel new to you. "

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About the Author
Author Jena Pincott

Jena Pincott has a background in biology and was once a production assistant for science documentaries at PBS. She is a former senior editor at Random House and the author of Success: Advice for Achieving Your Goals from Remarkably Accomplished People and Healing: Advice for Recovering Your Strength and Spirit from the World’s Most Famous Survivors. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.