How Sex Works

  • by Sharon Moalem
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why are women biologically driven to find Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome? Can more sex help ensure a safe pregnancy? What effect does pornography have on a man's fertility? In this compelling follow-up to the New York Times best seller Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem takes us on a trip from prehistory to the forefront of cutting-edge medical research, and through a bedroom or two, to tell the story of how human sexuality has developed over time. How Sex Works challenges common perceptions about our bodies and provides astonishing discoveries from the frontiers of science as it traces the transformation of sex across species and through time to its current role in human societies. Find out the answers to such provocative questions as:

Can the birth control pill influence the type of men women are attracted to?
What do men and honeybees have in common when it comes to sex?
Why do hourglass-shaped women tend to be especially fertile?
When are women most likely to cheat?
Can twins have different fathers?
From the composition and function of human sex organs to the fascinating biochemistry behind sexual attraction, How Sex Works presents captivating new ideas and surprising answers to questions about contraception, fertility, circumcision, menopause, STDs, homosexuality, orgasms, and more. This is an entertaining, comprehensive exploration of culture, biology, and history that takes us far beyond our common understanding of sex.


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Customer Reviews

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An interesting and easy listen

I like this the way this book was delivered. Seriously interesting subjects from the XY female, accessory nipples and nasal erections. Yep, erections in the nose, and more info about birth control than you ever wanted to know. Easy to follow for anyone. If you're interested in human biology you'll like this one.
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- colleen

Much Better Than Expected

I was interested in learning more about the physiology, but found the information on current sociological research to be thought provoking. This is worth reading, even if you think you know everything there is to know about how sex works.
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- Cliff B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio