[Download] The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal By Jared Diamond

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

By: Jared Diamond
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 15 hours
Release date: Apr 3, 2012
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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.
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48 Responses to “[Download] The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal By Jared Diamond”

  1. Neville B.

    Success of One Spesies, Means the Lose of Another
    A superb exploration of how our growing population is mindlessly committing environmental subside, for want of a memory. Assigning our collective”willful blindness” to our utter inability in learning from history, the author builds his obvious case for including forethought in decision making processes, he concludes with an ambivalent stance for our species sustained existence.

  2. Linwood Carlow

    Not his best, but good still
    Any additional comments?

  3. Oscar Heany

    Everyone should read Jared Diamond
    As always Jared Diamond is impressive in his vast knowledge of various fields and his articulation of ideas.

  4. Rochel P.

    unparallelled and worth repeated listening
    A brilliant book. Its depth and breadth of knowledge are exemplary.

    Unfortunately, its cautious optimism that we had learnt the lessons of our destructive tendencies may be unwarranted. The Trump regime demonstrates human selfish greed and ignorance. perfectly, appointing environmental wreckers to head the Depth of the Environment. The money of GOP supporters has been poured into getting rid of all regulation, combined with the ignorant Religious Right’s belief in a God who put the earth there for their pleasure and exploitation (being “superior whites”). These uneducated and morally primitive people have lost for the USA any credibility as a world leader. As the most powerful nation with the most money and the greatest unwillingness to share it’s wealth and power the Us seems morally bankrupt in these depressing days.

    I have lost hope for future generations. if the USA can vote such a creature into power for the sake of money (a creature whose own son loves big game hunting as a great “way of life” for him, which sadly he can afford to pursue as often as he likes), we are indeed a plague species, and the sooner the Sixth Extinction — of mankind–rrives, the better it will be for our planet and any remaining species we have not yet butchered. It will not be “a rapture”.

  5. Lanny Roberson

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  6. Shani Colling

    Getting a little dated, but still an exceptional read/ listen
    If you ever wanted to know why people do what they do, this is an exceptional book that provides some insight. Even though it was written years ago the basic premises remain the same, why do people do what they do, are there examples of such behavior in the animal world. Some of the terms may have changed and there may be more research available, but until more evolution of the species occurs, why people do what they do will not change. I was a little concerned because so much has been observed and researched since this book was first published, fortunately the core concepts have not changed and the authors first hand observations remain valid. If you are an anthropology student then you might want to checkout amore recent source, but for the average reader just wanting to understand the basic concepts this is an exceptional thought provoking read. The first hand experiences of the author emphasise the concepts he is trying to convey very well. In the audio version the authors narration is clear and we’ll spoken. Very enjoyable and thought provoking book on an interesting topic.

  7. Robt Schamberger

    surprisingly contemporary
    I didn’t realize until the narrator read the original publish date at the end that this book is from 1992. often times, books like this show their age in the shadow of a changing word–not this book… well worth the read/listen.

  8. Diana Uddin

    Out standing
    As important today as when first published in ’92. A must read. Is there still hope?

  9. Paige Gambone

    Fantastic listen
    Another fantastic book by Jared Diamond, but chronologically it is one of his earlier books and several chapters in this one one are definitely the inspirations for his future books – particularly “Guns, Germs & Steep” and “Collapse” – so this is the nucleus of some amazing follow-up books!

    Here, he makes a very thorough (albeit slightly dated – this book WAS written in 1991 after all) analysis on evolution of our species and how genetically similar we are to our two closest living ‘cousins’, the common & pygmy chimps. I found this section of the book the most fascinating and interesting. The book goes on to how societies developed, proposing a very interesting thought at some point about whether we as humans were better off as hunter-gatherers than when we developed agriculture, society and so on (well, perhaps we wouldn’t be prosecuting or exterminating people different than us, but I personally quite appreciate that we developed writing and I can read/listen to books like this). Other parts of the book then continue on to make the arguments which he has fleshed out in follow up books (why Eurasians society/language conquered the ‘new world’, and how some older societies collapsed) , before ending the book on chapters related to how we are really causing the destruction of our own future due to illogical actions.

    Either way, if you are a fan of Jared’s other books obviously I do not need to recommend this book. But I also highly recommend it especially if you liked the more ‘up-to-date’ (albeit in my opinion, not as well researched) ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari.

  10. Blake Haymond

    A must read.
    Overwhelmingly persuasive. Give some of the deepest insight into our place on earth and the future of our species.

  11. Darell Shands

    good book. i had to read it for school. my anthropology class. some of the speculation is a little off but its still interesting

  12. Dillon T.

    A must read
    Where does The Third Chimpanzee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  13. edge

    lots learned. Yet only some of it forgotten.
    So rich with knowledge of peoples and societal comparisons and insight, I wish I had a way to easily pause the audio reading and view the underlying text to look up definitions and names of places or events he so casually drops into his explanations or stories… Great stuff!

  14. Murray Juza

    new favourite book
    I think this book should be read by all high school students. everyone actually.

  15. Kasha Willey

    Great Book
    This book is great detailing the history and evolution of mankind. Highly informative… if you are looking at this book just get it.

  16. Lorie Zuidema

    A very interesting and meaningful read.
    After having read Guns, Germs and Steal as well as Collapse I decided to read this earlier work. I was not disappointed.

  17. Olinda Haxton

    good info. his latest books cover info
    don’t get me wrong its a good book. however you have to be interested in this topic.

  18. Morton Caughorn

    Bleeding Heart book on Evolution
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  19. Gracia Elwonger

    A full review of humankind with empirical evidence
    Would you listen to The Third Chimpanzee again? Why?

  20. Chantel Klines

    exquisitely interesting and informative
    A very well written and narrated book overall. Eye opening in its conclusions the author takes on some daunting subjects and while not dumbing down the science he explains in it a simpler prose often walking the reader through his own thought process and then explaining his conclusions. The book is a bit dated but surprisingly even more relevant because of it when dealing with issues of extinction and war/genocide. Well worth the credit

  21. Alfonso Cruise

    Good, but not his best
    I don’t regret the time or money I spent on this book, but I can certainly see why it’s not as famous as his _Collapse_ or _Guns, Germs and Steel_. Part of the problem is that some of his points here are also made, more convincingly and intriguingly, in those other books.

    Another problem is that some of his arguments here seem shaky even to a non-expert like me. For example, Diamond suggests that menopause evolved to help women survive to care for their first few children by preventing death in childbirth later on. If so, why does menopause not occur until AFTER most of a women’s children are old enough not to need care by the mother? He also argues that the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances arose from the desire to show off one’s strength and health by poisoning oneself and surviving. This is not convincing either: why wouldn’t most societies use more toxic and less enjoyable chemicals if showing toughness was the main result?

    His chapters that focus on comparing humans to other animals are much stronger, and the sections on language and art are the high points of the book. The section on the advantages of hunter-gatherer over agricultural societies will be nothing new to anyone who knows ancient archaeology or the “paleo diet”, but is still enjoyable.

    Bottom line: If you haven’t read or heard Diamond’s other books first, start with _Collapse_ (the unabridged version) and then _Guns, Germs, and Steel_. They’re much, much better. But this one is still better than most of what’s out there.

  22. MM

    Jumping too quickly to conclusions
    I was really interested in reading/listening to a book about how evolutionary biology explains current human behavior… I think this book does address the topic but I wished it organized the supporting data more clearly and was less glib about the conclusions reached.

    It is clear the author is well versed in the topic. However his extrapolations seemed rather extreme at times – in one case going from an example of a friend he has to a statement regarding general mate selection preference for all humans…

    It could be that his general conclusions are well supported in other studies he did not cite or cited elsewhere in the book, but the way the material is presented made the conclusions seem very capricious… As a result, reading the book feels very uncomfortable as I feel a lot of facts are missing…

  23. PC Burke

    works well in audio
    Still a compelling read even though some of the intonmation is out of date (Eg we share Neanderthal dna).’ if you liked Guns Germs and Steel this is a nice complement.

  24. Gayle Uppinghouse

    2/3 phenomenal read….
    Gripping, persuasive, well-researched, and compellingly woven. Why don’t we teach science this way in grade school? It read as your favorite professor in college was providing you a front work lecture full of almost everything you’ve ever wondered about in evolutionary biology, the missing link – not any more, species extinction and even a moving case for conservation… we know why the Neanderthals became extinct so quickly after cromagnon entered the scene and hasn’t much changed in the nature of man since. This story contains wonder love sex tragedy murder and hope! Love it…. The last third was a bit more technical and not in my sweet spot as much as say why chimps have larger testes than man and man larger than a gorilla or why rather than the Frostian 2, 5 roads diverged in a wood and we became the dominant species on earth, but it was no less insightful. Why have we only been able to domesticate not tame – there is a difference, but domesticate such a few large mammal species? Zebras? Aren’t they just striped horses? Not so fast…. and is more to do with family structure than temperament…. Love it…

  25. Vladimir Kushnir

    Is this about science or politics?
    If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

  26. Joan Axman

    Great Listen
    I have read other Diamonds books. This one equally as well researched and written.

  27. pablo

    A primer to Diamond’s other works?
    This broad ranging book reads to me like a an overview of Jared Diamond’s other books, covering each of his pet topics: Our similarity to chimps, a circumstantial (rather than racist) explanation for the success of European conquerors, the breadcrumb trail that is Proto-Indo-European linguistics, Papua New Guinea anecdotes, bird taxonomy, man’s long history of environmental degradation and species eradication.
    Mr. Diamond seems less assured as a writer here, and there are some rather daft tangents, (warning, at one point, of the existential danger of searching for alien life.) but overall it is a fun and enlightening book and may be a helpful primer anyone not steeled for the epic slog through Guns, Germs, and Steel or Collapse.

  28. Aron Schutze

    Loads of interesting ideas
    This book contains lots of interesting material on many topics. While it would perhaps have benefited from being more focused, it is extremely informative and stimulating

  29. Sharyl Scavo

    Caution: Huge Political Agenda
    What disappointed you about The Third Chimpanzee?

  30. Robbie Thiboutot

    Great subject and synthesis coupled to excellent insights based in part on first hand field experience by Jared Diamond. However, at times the writing is too extensive leaving the impression that the subject could have been dealt with as effectively in a more succinct fashion.

  31. Onita Gramlich

    some interesting learnings but outdated
    a lot if the theories he puts forward have been proven wrong for example Neanderthal dna is proven to exist in Europeans. other than this it gives good insight into scientific method in anthropology.

  32. Bradley Sisney

    The title is perhaps a bit misleading
    The author is a very talented and insightful writer due to his extensive knowledge about a myriad of subjects and his frequent first hand research of ancient cultures,modern man and animals.For fans of environmental protection and preservation of our resources he has a lot to say.There are plenty of people here who don’t believe in global warming or man’s eventual demise,but I think he has proven how man,despite his talent for language and his ability to stand upright and do amazing things with his hands,is not really that far removed from his ape ancestors.The evolution from ape to man took quite a long time and the resulting characteristics that differentiate man from ape are well substantiated.He also points out how man has many shortcomings compared to his animal counterparts,such as elephants generating up to six sets of teeth in a life time or lizards that can regrow lost tails for instance.Furthermore,man’s ability to proliferate and reproduce may not be as good as a rabbits or rats,but we have done so much to out live nearly every other species that we are becoming the planet’s number one danger.

  33. Rochel Pafel

    Pseudo intellectual tripe
    Would you try another book from Jared Diamond and/or Rob Shapiro?

  34. Paul

    Jared Diamand is nearly always amazing…
    If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

  35. Gilbert F.

    Nothing learnt, everything forgotten?
    Loved the story. Found so many answers about our origins and got many clues about our future. Highly recommend to all intellectually curious people.

  36. Ian Perry

    A painful must read
    This book is the compelling story of the rise and possible fall of humanity. Well thought out and articulately written, this. Book brings together many facts from a surprising diversity of disciplines to bare the the side of human progress that we would rather not see.

  37. G-Man

    Finally on service! Awesome Book.
    Any additional comments?

  38. Rosina S.

    Though experiments are fine but….
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

  39. Glen F.

    I should have read this 20 years ago!
    Better late than never! Really well done, with clear explanations for his conclusions. It was written in 1992, so I am looking forward to his next books, in chronological order. I liked the narrator, too.

  40. Velvet Shilo

    Absolute rubbish.
    Cliche filled misinformation based on little beyond assumptions and generalizatiomn. I hope none of my anthropology professors have this inflicted on them.

  41. Brant Muddaththir

    All humans should read this book
    If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

  42. Anonymous User

    Too cool!
    Awesome, another Jared diamond gem. A must read for anyone who loves his analitical style.

  43. CosmicRay

    Great book, well read
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  44. Dylan Becker

    Just buy Guns Germs and Steel
    I bought this book hoping it would be a prequel to guns germs and steel, which I loved. In the early chapters, I thought it may have been just that, with a more biological approach. I soon realized however, that much of the content in the middle of the book is just abridged content from guns germs and steel. Worse yet, the last portion of the book seems totally unrelated, in that it’s basically a very long and drug out cry for conservationism. it almost seems like the author changed his mind about what he wanted the book to be about.

  45. Ira V.

    very good
    although written some 25ish years ago its lessons and alarms are just as applicable and important today as it was back then.

  46. Adolph Jay

    A Precursor to Guns, Germs and Steel
    The book was apparently the first that Jared Diamond wrote, and is excellent. It is about 25 years old, however, and some of the information is out of date.

    Some of the information was elaborated in Guns, Germs and Steel.

  47. Dorian Skora

    Very Compelling
    A very compelling listen.

    The story sucked me in and I found myself listening much longer than I had meant to several times.

    Fascinating topic that is well researched, backed up with logical thought, and presented in a fashion that is easy for an non expert to understand.

    If you have any interest in evolution and the effects that it had on making who we are now, I would highly suggest this book to you.

  48. Dominique Schilk

    a new perspective
    Would you listen to The Third Chimpanzee again? Why?

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