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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,958 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jared Diamond Narrator: Rob Shapiro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780449013496
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The Development of an Extraordinary Species
We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet -- having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art -- while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins? In this fascinating, provocative, passionate, funny, endlessly entertaining work, renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning author and scientist Jared Diamond explores how the extraordinary human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world . . . and the means to irrevocably destroy it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1992 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ceilidh Lerwick | 2/20/2014

    " Mostly good. I think his knowledge of anthropology is about 30 years out of date. I also got a bit sick of his soap-box preaching and I started hearing "this one time--at band camp" everytime he said "when I was in New Guinea". Most of his theories were quite interesting, even if I didn't agree with all of them. Worth the read if you can wallow through the repetetive politicks. I couldn't quite make it, myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia Wilson | 2/7/2014

    " Diamond's disregard for the likelihood of pre-Clovis culture in the Americas is outdated, but I found the rest of the book engaging and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Housley | 2/5/2014

    " Quite interesting but seemed to repeat too much from "collapse" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint | 1/22/2014

    " Great insight as to how Humans evolved and took over the world. Seems to suggest we will not last long. definitely worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conor Farrell | 1/21/2014

    " thought provoking book "

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

    " i learned a lot about man as an animal. he's a great science writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella | 1/18/2014

    " Not as good as Guns, Germs and Steel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting facts re the differences and similarities of our nearest ancient ancestors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 1/17/2014

    " Want to understand human sexuality and how evolutionary processes converged to explain the way that we act EVERY day? Yeah, just read this. Mr. Diamond is a wonderful teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Fu | 1/2/2014

    " You have to read this book. Especially if you're a human being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn Crouse | 12/2/2013

    " Fascinating and highly readable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miguel | 10/31/2013

    " Finished about 1/3 of book, then lost it on a flight. First 1/3 was pretty good, but not good enough for me to buy again. :-) In a way, I was relieved to lose the book and move on ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BB | 9/13/2013

    " Very good but why must ever jared diamond book include chapters about the spread of language? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/23/2013

    " It's been a few years so I'm reading this one again so I can share it with someone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 meghan | 1/13/2013

    " A great companion book to Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond utilizes his diverse background and interests (evolutionary biology, linguistics, anthropology) to analyze the differences between humans and our closest relatives, the chimpanzees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Hansen | 1/4/2013

    " It is truly amazing to realize that human evolution is such an elegant explanation for not only our anatomy but our behavior, as well. I would not have realized that without this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kc | 10/8/2012

    " I liked it, but I wish his science was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 9/12/2012

    " This is Diamond's first book and it touches on what he develops much more fully in Guns Germs & Steel and especially in Collapse, both of which I loved. Here he is following the development of humans through history in a provocative way. It is somewhat dated and I'm hoping he revises it soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azmat | 6/23/2012

    " An account of why humans have turned out the way they have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 5/25/2012

    " I gave up. I really liked Guns Germs and Steel but Collapse... not so much. I guess this ended up between. There are too many books to read to spend time on something that's just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flint | 4/20/2012

    " Instead of this, read Frans de Waal's Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are. "

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About the Author
Author Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Among Dr. Diamond’s many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than two hundred articles and his book Guns, Germs, and Steel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Rob Shapiro is a musician, writer, voice actor, and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He performed several seasons of radio comedy on Minneapolis Public Radio and voiced the titular lion in Leo the Lion. He is a musician and composer with his critically acclaimed band Populuxe. He is also a business consultant and software system designer.