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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Moalem, Sharon Moalem MD Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061768705
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“Read this book and discover sex again, but from a scientific perspective, and see why it evolved. It’s almost as much fun, and needs less energy.”
— Peter Macinnis, author of 100 Discoveries: The Greatest Breakthroughs in History

"How Sex Works manages to inject science writing with the prurient thrill of a gossip rag."
O magazine

Medical maverick and New York Times bestselling author of Survival of the Sickest Dr. Sharon Moalem presents an insightful and engaging voyage through the surprising history and evolution of sexual reproduction. Fans of Freakonomics, Blink, You: The Owner’s Manual, and Why Do Men Have Nipples will find many engaging insights in How Sex Works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moalem makes evolution sexy and sex astonishing. If you’ve ever been surprised by either your body or your heart, this book will probably tell you why.”

    Kinney Zalesne, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Microtrends

  • How Sex Works is a must-buy for anyone interested in the ins and outs of why, psychologically and biologically, sex is about much, much more than the mere birds and bees.”

    Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama 

  • “Packed with trivia about the evolutionary history, intricate mechanics, and nitty-gritty mysteries of sex, sexual organs, and desire, Sharon Moalem’s How Sex Works manages to inject science writing with the prurient thrill of a gossip rag.” 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Sharon Moalem’s new book goes far beyond the typical ‘birds and bees’ sex talk. The neurogeneticist delves deep into human sexuality and comes to some surprising conclusions.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Read this book and discover sex again, but from a scientific perspective, and see why it evolved. It’s almost as much fun and needs less energy.”

    Peter Macinnis, author of 100 Discoveries: The Greatest Breakthroughs in History

  • “An engaging synthesis of scientific research on why we humans experience our sexuality the way we do.”

    Rachel P. Maines, PhD, author of The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction 

  • “Moalem writes fluidly for the general reader, and when he necessarily goes into graphic detail, he does it gracefully.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A volume stuffed with information that avoids getting bogged down in difficult medical terms or complex biological concepts...An accessible presentation of sex not just as a necessary means to protect our species but also a vital part of a culture structured around love and pleasure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 2/18/2014

    " A good overview of sex and things related to sex. It did suffer from being too much of an overview. The book isn't long and is in larger print. Besides all that, it was an interesting and humorous book that still managed to be informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ocha | 2/13/2014

    " This was a very interesting short book on the subject of sex. While some of the newest research I have already read before thanks to the news media, there was enough in there that was new or obscure to keep my interest. A good coffee table book or something to check out from the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/11/2014

    " A bit of a slow read, as it is full of scientific jargon, but fascinating nonetheless. Full of interesting tidbits and information, written in a style that is both scientific and medical, but also easy to understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/25/2014

    " Fascinating stuff on why we're attracted to some people and not others (often for genetic reasons); and all this other cool genetic stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iroquois | 1/19/2014

    " meh. if u've seen the tv shows on Discovery Health and TLC channels, then this is all that exact information, and the same studies but in print. still interesting, but it was much more fun to watch the tv science programs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/9/2014

    " "It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 12/31/2013

    " Enjoying it so far. Fascinated by how our bodies process chemicals and hormones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Travis | 12/13/2013

    " This book was a pretty interesting summary of research into human sexuality through the lens of evolutionary biology. Very scientific and matter of fact discussion of one of the most basic human functions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/12/2013

    " Stuff I didn't learn in sex ed, and new stuff unknown in my days of sex ed. A fascinating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/6/2013

    " Unfortunate title, and not really what the book is about. It is all about reproductive biology (mainly human.) Though you learn lots of interesting tidbits, the author never really delves too deeply in any of the many subjects covered in each chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 trina | 11/27/2013

    " a fun, fast read about the evolutionary biology of sex. like, 'the red queen' with less science and more titillation and pop culture references. really useful stuff on fertility, etc., in here. i can see myself referring to this should i ever catch the baby bug. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/10/2013

    " Cleverly written and amazingly enlightening! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Peterson | 10/4/2013

    " It was very informative on different animals and the weird and creepy things that they do. Definitely one that is a good reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 7/12/2013

    " I had previously taken a Health and Sexuality class in college. A lot of the information in the book was covered then, but the author did a good job of presenting the material and keeping the tone light and easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/9/2013

    " I thought this book was very interesting and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guthrie | 2/10/2013

    " Fascinating book that relates human sexuality to the world beyond human society. Evolutionary biology has the potential to help us understand our own inclinations as a species. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susie | 1/3/2013

    " A few interesting facts hidden in meandering and pointless chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mazen Loujami | 11/3/2012

    " Excellent scientific book for public education "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 6/7/2012

    " Enjoyable and easy to read. Plus, you'll learn an interesting thing or two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darya | 12/25/2011

    " A collection of (almost) random scientific (or quasiscientific) facts about sex arbitrary divided into chapters. Not to mention, nothing new. If you're following popular science news don't waste your time on it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/30/2011

    " Despite some funny and interesting parts, the author (who I discovered was a 'he' and not a 'she' about half-way through the book) liked to play fast and loose with statistics - lost a lot of credibility, so much so I had a hard time finishing the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/20/2011

    " Part of my reading series: Marriage: A History and Birth... not as good, though.... next I'm trying Mary Roach's version, Bonk, which I am certain will be far more entertaining... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 7/11/2011

    " A really fascinating read about the evolution of humans and why we are the way we are. I highly recommend this, it had great examples and I learned a lot of interesting theories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamiko | 6/5/2011

    " Very interesting read. Sex, attraction, monogamy, puberty, etc. are all approached from a purely clinical and research based perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catharine Zivkovic | 5/27/2011

    " A quick, easy and interesting read. Especially interesting was the discussion about female ejaculation. Worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darya | 3/13/2011

    " A collection of (almost) random scientific (or quasiscientific) facts about sex arbitrary divided into chapters. Not to mention, nothing new. If you're following popular science news don't waste your time on it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Travis | 11/4/2010

    " This book was a pretty interesting summary of research into human sexuality through the lens of evolutionary biology. Very scientific and matter of fact discussion of one of the most basic human functions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 10/23/2010

    " Enjoying it so far. Fascinated by how our bodies process chemicals and hormones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 8/16/2010

    " I had previously taken a Health and Sexuality class in college. A lot of the information in the book was covered then, but the author did a good job of presenting the material and keeping the tone light and easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 7/11/2010

    " A good overview of sex and things related to sex. It did suffer from being too much of an overview. The book isn't long and is in larger print. Besides all that, it was an interesting and humorous book that still managed to be informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 trina | 6/28/2010

    " a fun, fast read about the evolutionary biology of sex. like, 'the red queen' with less science and more titillation and pop culture references. really useful stuff on fertility, etc., in here. i can see myself referring to this should i ever catch the baby bug. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Petr | 6/25/2010

    " Docetl jsem již dávno a nic si z toho nepamatuju - nezaujalo. Snad je to, jaká nuda se dá udelat z tématu, které, co si budeme povídat, zajímá každého. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 6/23/2010

    " the interesting and informative portions of this book would have been better conveyed through a 1-page bulleted memo. too long and full of dickensian filler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 4/28/2010

    " This is an excellent starter book on the subject. Dr. Moalem has a great talent for communicating complex ideas in a way that make them not at all intimidating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/9/2010

    " Cleverly written and amazingly enlightening! "

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