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Sapiens Audiobook

Sapiens

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Publisher's Summary

Opening up a controversial topic with spirit and thoroughness, Sapiens will challenge your preconceptions, provoke discussion and, most importantly, push you to think for yourself.

The Sunday Times best seller.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us.

We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens?

In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. For more, visit www.ynharari.com.

©2011 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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What the Critics Say

"It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!" (Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel)

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    Robert 27/05/2015
    Robert 27/05/2015
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    "Scares the hell out of me"

    Sapiens is easily one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. It has caused me to doubt the our whole human endeavour while at the same time made me want to be a better person. loved it.

    38 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Jan W. H. Schnupp Oxford, England 24/09/2015
    Jan W. H. Schnupp Oxford, England 24/09/2015
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    "Thought provoking but overconfident"

    I enjoyed this book a great deal, and found many ideas expressed in it quite thought provoking and insightful. In particular, the idea that the apparent drive of our species to form common narratives, stories, concepts, narratives, may have evolved because it facilitates spontaneous, loosely organized but highly effective cooperation among large numbers of individuals was interesting and very compellingly argued.
    Nevertheless, the author does have a tendency to present his ideas not so much as interesting ideas that might be true, but as facts. His style is very engaging and persuasive, so you often don't even notice the hidden questionable assumptions, or the fact that, in his wide, sweeping arguments, the author often roams through several disciplines that he can't possibly all be expert in.
    Overall a very enjoyable intellectual journey, but to be enjoyed with a healthy dose of skepticism.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Worsley, United Kingdom 08/07/2015
    Craig Worsley, United Kingdom 08/07/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Sapiens?

    Engaging narrative and the themes were spun together very imaginatively.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sapiens?

    The narrator brought the whole to life (for me the quality of narrator makes or breaks the audiobook....i have returned 3 previously that I am sure are great reads but are murdered by a poor narrator)


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Engaging, never aggravating...no mean trick!


    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    F Gibb Dumfries 12/05/2016
    F Gibb Dumfries 12/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "More Manifesto than History"

    I gave it four stars because I quite liked the things that he was saying, and I agreed with his view of the way the Sapiens species has inflicted itself on the world. But if you are expecting a 'proper' history book- devoid of opinion, and trying to tell things as they happened, but without bias, then this is definitely not for you.
    It's an editorial rather than a report.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    David 28/05/2015
    David 28/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Well balanced and original"

    A fascinating read about the human story to date. I really enjoyed the way Harari takes ideas back to basic principles and then applies reason on top. He is clearly a man who thinks for himself so there is a lot of original ideas contained within the book. He also doesn't take too many liberties where stating what we do and don't know about human history which is always refreshing. To top it all off it is a great performance by the narrator.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    NP LEE 31/07/2015
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    "Blinding"

    This book equals Jared Diamonds' Guns, Germs and Steel in terms of making us ask ourselves questions about who, why and where we are and opens up life in a way that should make sense to at least a child of not a Neanderthal. Enjoy people!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ella 01/10/2015
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    "fascinating"

    So interesting. Would recommend this to anyone. Very dry humour in parts and very good narration

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Crispin 27/09/2015
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    "The Most thought provoking book for years"

    This is really easy to listen to, covering current thinking on so many diverse and complex topics. They are brought together in a way that made me think about so many aspects of life in a new light.

    With a book like this it is unlikely that everyone will agree with, or understand, all the points but most readers should come away from it stimulated.

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    haluk 06/07/2017
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    "Nice opening but completely became something else in the second half."

    It started off as an exciting journey into our origins. Then, began analysing and questioning everything we modern humans believe in. Even ideas that we hold very dear like human rights. It was refreshing and great so far and I was already recommending the book to people around me. Then, I began noticing how he criticises some ideas more harshly whilst being gentle to American ideologies. Then, he claimed believing in a religion, believing companies and governments exist and believing in human rights are the exact same thing. Then, he was asking what would happen if we stopped believing in these. I don't know how he answered that. If you want to hear more of it go on. I'm just happy to have tried Audible's perfectly working return policy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 08/02/2016
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    "Excellent and though provoking."

    A real expose on who we are, where we came from and an astonishing view on where we're going.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Bradley Janse van Rensburg
    13/06/17
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    "Life changing book"

    It's hard to clearly articulate how profoundly this book (and it's sequel, Homo Deus) has changed my life. I have a much firmer understanding of the history of our species, the origins of our religions and our belief systems, and our possible futures. Anyone who wants to think deeply about life's important questions and be involved in our destiny should read or listen to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shyam
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    "Brilliant Macrohistory"

    A sweeping narrative of the history of mankind. The author perches himself in a vantage that summarises millennia of biological and historical evolution. The concept that everything is a product of human imagination was dealt with convincingly. The enquiry into happiness and the role of biochemistry in the evolution of man was valuable. An objective analysis of various forces that have and are shaping the world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lauri
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    "One of the best "histories" around"

    A must read/listen for anyone with a scientific outlook and interest towards history. This book has an exceptionally objective approach towards mankind and its habits, cultures and beliefs. The approach might even offend some people as the book is for example unapologetically atheist

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ram Anvesh Reddy
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    "A modern masterpiece"

    This is a modern master piece. Succinct, unbiased, extreme coverage of time and space. Just a marvellous read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leo Saumure
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    "The subtitle says it all"
    What did you love best about Sapiens?

    I liked that it gave a good foundation of various disciplines when it comes to dealing with humanity: Biology, Sociology, Psychology, History, and even a bit of conjecture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that it pretty much covered everything from Darwin's theory of evolution to speculation about where we are heading as a species that can alter our own destiny.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Good reader, and able to convey both the finer points as well as the humour of the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diane Simpson Page
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    20/08/15
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    "Mind blowing"

    Incredible journey into the past and future of human beings. So much fascinating information and insights. I loved it. Wow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vivek
    New York
    07/07/15
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    "A fresh and unique lens to view the world"

    It has made me re-evaluate almost everything I thought I knew! And it does so in vivid prose, bringing history to life. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marius Vetrici
    Bucharest, Romania
    23/08/17
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    "A comprehensive book with surprising angles"

    The book takes you from early development of humankind up to the nowadays scientific breakthrough.

    It is full of insights and explains in very simple terms the development of such concepts as money, religion, empiers, science and the linkage between them.

    I truly enjoyed this insightful book full of aha moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • redthambo
    21/09/15
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    "History meets philosophy"

    Good thought evoking listening. Many subjects covered but lack of facts makes you wonder how much is subjective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Nash
    13/05/15
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    "Everything we already know, in one story"

    This book is amazingly easy to follow and enjoyable right through to the end. It has vastly enhanced my big picture view of the world. If you enjoyed it I would also recommend the Coursera free online course. Although maybe, like me, you're here because you're already done that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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