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Sapiens

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Publisher's Summary

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

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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    George Broadfoot 15/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "so good"

    This is a vast and insightful work that does what all great non-fiction should do- it makes you feel smarter after hearing it. But also, you feel a bit dirty because lets face it, we are a terrifying species when viewed from certain angles.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ivanbreks Burwood, Victoria, Australia 27/08/2016
    ivanbreks Burwood, Victoria, Australia 27/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for anyone who thinks."

    Think you know something about anything? Read this and then think again. Harari often states the obvious, but these statements a mind blowing because we've all just taken them for granted, not even being aware that it's something worth thinking about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. George Sabados 20/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Revelatory!"

    This was a fascinating take on the evolution of Sapiens and prediction of unshackling humanity from the bonds of the body!
    I was riveted and could not get through this audiobook fast enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting"

    Understand some of the forces that shaped humanity, and how humanity shaped the world. The perspective gained in reading this book is simply awesome. The best book I've read in a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darcy 16/06/2016
    Darcy 16/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional "

    Cannot recommend this book more highly. A transformative experience that will encourage you to question everything

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 17/11/2015
    Aaron 17/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Great. Brilliant A must read to help understand us modern humans. Great history explained easily.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Cohalan 09/12/2016
    Louis Cohalan 09/12/2016
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    "Excellent History of humanity"

    Harari takes us from the earliest hominids through the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions to today and ends with speculations about the future by extrapolating from the current trends in science. I expecially liked his analysis of what social and psychological mechanisms led to the West expanding and colonising so much of the rest of the world (it's science!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 02/12/2016
    Angela 02/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite possibly the best book I've ever read/listened to"

    Yuval has written such an incredibly captivating account of the history of human, perhaps the best book ever

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    Amazon Customer 29/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wide ranging, thoughtful and knowledgeable"

    Blemished only by occasional sneers this book has a great deal to offer those interested more in the progress of humanity than country or creed. Not entirely satisfying to the more spiritually minded like myself but well worth the read. A real education.

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    Ali Farahanirad Australia 21/11/2016
    Ali Farahanirad Australia 21/11/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "the best big picture view of who we are"

    listening to this book was absolutely joyful. this book has beautifully bundled the study of many aspects of Sapiens in one logical package.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Leo Saumure
    20/01/16
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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.


    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
  • Diane Simpson Page
    Western Cape
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivek
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    7/07/15
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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!

    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
  • Amazon Customer
    7/12/16
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    "A must for all who love to learn. "

    Fascinating account of the sapien journey. The author puts a story filled with complication into something much more simpler to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book junkie
    19/11/16
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    "A brilliant tour-de-force"

    A deeply engrossing tour-de-force. Yes, one could poke holes in the cogency of argument here and there - one has the impression that, in some respects, one is being served the author's own conclusions: I remained either unconvinced or unsatisfied with his account of or interpretation of some aspects of our history and was just itching to raise my hand and ask Mr Harrari a question at the end of the lecture. However, in the context of the breadth of scope and depth of insight the work affords on us as a species and our history, and the wonderfully engaging manner in which Mr Harrari tells the tale, this seems a petty criticism. The narration is outstanding. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    New Zealand
    10/11/16
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    "Everything you need to know about humanity"

    Fascinating, thought provoking, intelligent, well informed, well researched, educational. The perfect book as far as I am concerned, I came away knowing so much more, questioning so much more. This is my second reading ( listening) and it was just as good the second time round. If you want an easy to comprehend overview of our history from all perspectives - economic, religious, geographical etc including moral and ethical perspectives, this is the book for you. Everyone should read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • yoav
    26/10/16
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    "This is an incredible book"

    I just finished listening to it and am lost for words to adequately describe how important this book has been to me. It is really just an open an concise history of humanity... and more..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saloni
    7/10/16
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    "Brilliant"

    This is by far the best and the most enlightening book I have ever read/heard. The level of clarity of thought of the author and the systematic manner in which it has all been written and explained is astounding.
    I have never read something of emphatic and it has managed to change the way I look at things.
    The book is mostly pragmatic but is philosophical too without being preachy.
    Love the strong feminist under current of the text.
    If at all, I can complain about anything, it would be that it doesn't seem as Anti Nazism as I expected it to be. But that might just be me.
    The way the author puts forth all the angles and viewpoints on every topic is so satisfying and something that is rarely represented in a book.
    I'm definitely going to read the next book by the author.
    Thank you Yuval for writing such a Brilliant book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Robert
    27/05/15
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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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Worsley, United Kingdom
    8/07/15
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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!


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • David
    28/05/15
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • vectisdodge
    24/01/16
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    "A well constructed description of the Species"

    This book describes in great detail the development of our species from the earliest humans to the present day and beyond. I found it easy to listen to and understand .
    There is a wealth of detail and probably needs to be listened to again.
    It is clearly narrated but I was hugely irritated by the English accent pronouncing words as by North Americans e.g. Aluminum not aluminium, data ( datta!)not dayta and many other examples. The narrator is English so why use American pronunciation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tanveer Raja
    22/05/15
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    "Essential listening, well read."

    Great history with interesting questions raised and viewpoints offered. I particularly liked the different lenses of human progression.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ella
    1/10/15
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    "fascinating"

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    27/09/15
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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • NP LEE
    31/07/15
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    8/02/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    7/02/16
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    "unique insight into many interesting big questions"

    this book was a great breakdown of the human evolution, touched on religion and also the growth of communities since the world began. it is very thought provoking and I found myself seeing connections between subjects that is rare today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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