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Humans

A Brief History of How We F--ked It All Up
Narrated by: Nish Kumar
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)
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Summary

An exhilarating journey through the most creative and catastrophic f--k ups in human history, from our very first ancestor falling out of that tree to the most spectacular fails of the present day. Perfect for fans of Sarah Knight and Giles Milton. 

This is Humans.

In the 70,000 years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we've come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we're real winners. But, frankly, it's not exactly been plain sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we've managed to really, truly, quite unbelievably f--k things up. 

From Chairman Mao's Four Pests Campaign to the sinking of the Titanic; from the American Dustbowl to the world's leading superpower electing a reality TV mogul as President...it's pretty safe to say that, as a species, we haven't exactly grown wiser with age. 

So next time you think you've really f--ked up, this book will remind you: it could be so much worse....

©2018 Tom Phillips (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Loads of facts and history but very funny too

Extremely entertaining and depressing in equal measure. Do you enjoy history, quirky stories, and social sciences? Well, this could be the book for you. As one would expect from a former Buzzfeed writer, ‘Humans’ has is written in a very informal, conversational style. Tom Phillips packs his book with well researched eclectic examples from human history of our desire to make disastrous mistakes. He presents these in no particular order, and turns the oft-used narrative upside down. By touching upon only the critical elements needed to construct the mental final picture of each historical event, he enriches the text by adding lots of examples to send a compelling message in each chapter. Nish Kumar narrated, which helped to convey the grim sarcastic humour. Whether we learn from these errors or not is a different matter entirely and as this book illustrates, it's not always as easy or black and white as it seems.

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5* to the narrator &author

I’ve bought a few audiobooks (I mean a lot) but Nish Kumar takes this book to a whole new level.

It’s live and the pages are are literally jumping at at you. Very witty laugh out loud with interesting historical facts that are bound to be repeated (or not as the Tom suggests)

Absolutely amazing!!!
Thank you for money well spent.

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  • Jack
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  • 01-12-18

Not the topic I thought it was.

The story and narration was perfect but the subject I thought it was going to be was biology of humans and physics of Earth, but it was more of a brief history of human civilisation and big mistakes that we made that may or may not have changed our current lives for the better.
If you’re looking for more scientific details, this book may not be for you.

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Sumed up in a word Hubris

Well, how many ways can you think of, on how to F*** it up? This book covers some of the big ones. A warning to those who have just the right answer to that nagging problem. No good deed goes unpunished and all that, although those punished may not have anything to do with anything.

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Nish was the perfect choice

Nish was the perfect choice to give the tone I think fits this book. There was nothing overly educational about the book but it was entertaining. Perfect for two long motorway journeys.

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A perfect thing to listen to

I loved this. Great content - excellent narrator for the subject matter and even though I knew about some of the things mentioned, it was great to learn new stuff in an entertaining way. It's the sort of thing I may well come back to in a years time to listen to again.

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Excellent book

Very informative and entertaining book. Totally worth a buy. The narrator is quite good if a bit overexcited at times. This book, to me, is a bonkers flip side to Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (another must-read).defiantly worth your time and a few pounds.

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  • Lawrence Shelton
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Deeply troubling, but humorously told.

we should spend more time learning from history, rather than charging headfirst into the mistakes of the future. Well written, excellent performance and well researched. Listen, think and learn.