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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, read by Derek Perkins. 

From the author of the multimillion copy best seller Sapiens.

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. 

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? 

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

©2018 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Grow your mind

Yet another master class, after reading all three of his books “Sapiens”,” Homo Deus” and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” I am left wondering how one man could possibly cover so much. To understand where we are, where we came from, and where we could possibly be heading, A true trilogy for the mind. Seekers you need look no further for enlightenment. For an inquiring mind, you have a feast on your hands here. I have yet to be educated in a more entertaining way. So many ideas to contemplate, you will never look at things in quite the same way. In a word enriching.

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Great book, good as the previous ones.

Recommend to everyone who seeks more true in their lifes. Recommend previous books as well.

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Brilliant mind

What an introspection and observation at the mean time. A brilliant book and will recommend.

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  • LK
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  • 17-09-18

10/10

‘Sapiens’ will stand out in history as a clearly mapped out record of the evolution of human beings from apes to modern day.
Fuelled by passion and intellect,
organised and delivered for any curious human of under average intelligence to genius to absorb and understand.

‘Homo Deus’ is my favourite non fiction book in years, an all time favourite. I have uncountable positive comments I could make about the wisdom it shows and issues it raises. My only critique, was that I sensed a slightly biased hidden agenda from Harari, portrayed as an informative ‘on the fence’ summary of life in the modern age and what may follow.

This considered ‘21 Lessons’ is the perfect follow up, he clearly and honestly opens up to the audience, expressing his personal views amongst the pleather of facts.

I am very fond of the conclusion, where he voices the importance and value of practicing a daily non biased observation of the self without judgement or agenda.
It is amazing to me that clearly right now, human beings main problem is our relationship with our own feelings, a subject rarely considered or discussed.
I love how this man thinks and teaches by example.

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21 lessons

Another insightful audio book from Yuval. Fantastic narration. A concise and easy tone.
As with all his other audiobooks I will be listening again within a few months.
Highly recommended.
Keep up the fantastic work. Bravo

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Thinking well

His clarity and acknowledgment of bias reveals a number of truths. The performance by Perkins is also excellent.

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Blown away!

Based on Yuval’s 2 previous books I pre-ordered this audiobook and couldn’t wait to start listening. As I expected it blew me away with the its clarity and Yuval’s outstanding ability to explain in simple language, what in his assessment are the important lessons of history. A must listen.

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This book will make you smarter.

Each 'lesson' makes you think. His purpose isn't to convince you or to enlighten you to his point of view. But to make you consider your point of view and to weigh it's validity.

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An clear look at the big questions of our time

Clearly structured, well written look at many important topics that define our global era. A part of me wishes there was a big solution at the end, but I guess that's the whole point - the solutions are yet to reveal themselves, and to see our challenges clearly and soberly is a the necessary first step.

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  • Phillip
  • Johannesburg South Africa
  • 13-09-18

Phenomenal from start to finish

Must read or listen only with an open mind :) loved this book as much as Sapiens and Homo Deus. Derek Perkins is wonderful to listen to! I thoroughly enjoy hearing Yuval's opinions and thoughts :)

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  • knaan
  • 01-09-18

Zealots beware!

To me, Sapiens was easily the best book I ever came across, and it marked the beginning of my journey through a lot of scientific books. I couldn't finish Homo Deus, I found it to be too speculative.
Now, the 21 Lessons are easily the best book I listened to in years. There's a lot to learn, not just about the 21st century.
Check it out!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

A thought provoking read

Makes you reassess and rethink what you know and why you and others do what they do. Loved it and would highly recommend it to all

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  • Lucas
  • 06-11-18

Excellent reading, wonderful narrator and very clear ideas

Similar to his other books, this one is a masterpiece, with his analytical view of the world and the matters around it, he manages to talk about the deepest questions with an creative look. I totally recomend this book.

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  • issimo
  • 05-11-18

Insightful

Just sublime, as per usual from both the author and the narrator. Recommended to man woman and child alike.

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  • Dhiren Mansingh
  • 04-11-18

Brilliant!!

Another magical and thought provoking piece of art by Yuval. Excellent...a must read along with his 2 previous books.

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  • Charaf
  • 01-11-18

Joy!

After enlightening our past (Sapiens) and our possible future (Homo deus), Harari brings us back to here and now in another masterpiece. Concise, funny, courageous and uncompromising, this book unveils many mirages of modern life that we have built around ourselves or that others are building for us. A call to mankind to wake up and act, now!
Derek Perkins’ narration is also splendid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-18

really thought provoking.

listened to it twice. will be listening to it again at some point. like his other books he says a lot in few words. the beginning bored me a bit after homo deus but on the 2nd listen i got more out of that too. so happy and grateful to be able to read great works like this.

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  • victorluis
  • 28-11-18

A very clear and lucid book I enjoyed listening it

Noah Harari is an inquisitive person that knows how to conmunicate his ideas and conclusions.
Derek Perkings is an excelent reader and speaker.
The contents is very important, interesting and clear

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  • PANKAJ DESAI
  • 27-11-18

The Trilogy Is Complete

After Sapiens and Homo Deus, this third from their brilliant author Yuval Noah Harari appears to complete his messages to the world. Diligence in researching, deep understanding of ideas and drawing sensible conclusions is Harari's forte. His humility lies in not attempting to answer each and every point raised and leaving it to the readers to draw their own conclusions is strong point of this man. The final chapter on his personal experiences with Vipasana is very much necessary to give a great closure to what according to me is one of the most brilliant trilogy of modern times. The only places where he swaggered was when the same points got repeatedly repeated. Absolutely loved it but won't read a fourth one of the same genre from the same author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-18

Master piece

Off the back of my number 1 book Sapiens, this is a master piece. The points he brings up are important and the correlations he makes are profound. A must read, but you will need to give it another read to really appreciate it. Enjoy