Wild Sex by Carin Bondar audiobook

Wild Sex: The Science behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom

By Dr. Carin Bondar
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10.62 Hours 08/01/2016 Unabridged
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A brilliantly engaging guide to the reproductive habits of creatures great and small, based on the author’s popular web series Wild Sex, which has received over fourteen million views Birds do it, bees do it―every member of the animal kingdom does it, from fruit flies to blue whales. But if you think humans have a tough time dating, try having to do it while being hunted down by predators against a backdrop of unpredictable and life-threatening conditions. The animal kingdom is a wild place—and it’s got mating habits to match. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied, often incredibly violent—and absolutely fascinating. In Wild Sex, Dr. Carin Bondar takes listeners on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the diverse world of sex in the wild. She looks at the evolution of sexual organs (and how they’ve shaped social hierarchies), tactics of seduction, and the mechanics of sex. She investigates a wide range of topics, from whether animals experience pleasure from sex to what happens when females hold the reproductive power. Along the way, she encounters razor-sharp penises, murderous carnal cannibals, and spontaneous chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes. The resulting book is titillating, exhilarating, amusing, petrifying, alluring―and absolutely guaranteed to make you think about sex in a whole new way.

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Summary

Summary

A brilliantly engaging guide to the reproductive habits of creatures great and small, based on the author’s popular web series Wild Sex, which has received over fourteen million views

Birds do it, bees do it―every member of the animal kingdom does it, from fruit flies to blue whales. But if you think humans have a tough time dating, try having to do it while being hunted down by predators against a backdrop of unpredictable and life-threatening conditions. The animal kingdom is a wild place—and it’s got mating habits to match. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied, often incredibly violent—and absolutely fascinating.

In Wild Sex, Dr. Carin Bondar takes listeners on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the diverse world of sex in the wild. She looks at the evolution of sexual organs (and how they’ve shaped social hierarchies), tactics of seduction, and the mechanics of sex. She investigates a wide range of topics, from whether animals experience pleasure from sex to what happens when females hold the reproductive power. Along the way, she encounters razor-sharp penises, murderous carnal cannibals, and spontaneous chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes.

The resulting book is titillating, exhilarating, amusing, petrifying, alluring―and absolutely guaranteed to make you think about sex in a whole new way.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bondar’s witty writing style packs a lot of fascinating information into easily digestible essays that are extremely thought-provoking.” Booklist (starred review)
“A good combination of everyone’s two favorite topics―animals and strange sex stuff.” Jezebel
“In this chatty and engaging account, science communicator Bondar takes readers on an encyclopedic tour of sex across the animal kingdom…Stories about sex are fun to read, and Bondar makes them informative, too.” Publishers Weekly
“Biologist Bondar breaks down mating rituals in short, comprehensive chapters…that are a treat to read…A fascinating and entertaining read for amateur biologists that reminds us that as humans we are not alone in our sexual propensities and prowess.” Library Journal
“A lively exploration of ‘the nitty-gritty of the diverse sex life of animals’…A fascinating peek into the intimate behavior of our animal cousins that provides new insight into the benefits of being human.” Kirkus Reviews

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Reviews

by Odin 12/1/2017
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Fascinating Study

For those looking for jump in the hay good time, this is not your book. For those interested in the animal kingdom’s mating habits, this will fascinate and give you a chuckle now and then. Mr Bondal has shared with us a little know science and presented it in a way that both informational and entertaining. There are, however, parts of the book where the everyday layman listener is sacrificed to the scholarly gods. Some points can feel tedious and overdone, but for the most part, the writing is reader/listener friendly. One will be exposed to some pretty bizarre mating practices, but then, what did we expect. Of special interest to most listeners will be the rituals associated with the mating and the revealing of which gender is the dominant one .

Author

Author Bio: Dr. Carin Bondar

Author Bio: Dr. Carin Bondar

Dr. Carin Bondar received a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia and has since hosted a variety of online and television programs, working with Scientific American, PBS Digital Studios, and the Science Channel. She is currently the lead presenter on Discovery World’s Brave New World with Stephen Hawking. Her independent web series Wild Sex has engaged over fourteen million viewers and was the subject of a presentation given at TED Global in Edinburgh in 2013 which received over 1.5 million views. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 10.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English