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
"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)
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.
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.
This is by far the best book I have ever read.
It moves at the pace of mankind's development getting faster and faster as it goes.
It will change your perspective on so many things at so many levels. This book is a must for anyone who wants to think deeply about where we come from and how that impacts the way we live today.
If you ever wondered what your (human) place is in the universe, read this. Find out how we humans began, how homo-sapiens conquered the Earth, and why you have all of those problems in life. It's like a weight is gradually lifting from your shoulders, the further you read/listen.
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.
Writing a book on the history of mankind is never going to be easy, it started off well but it was a struggle for me finish. It tries to be nuetral in its analysis, but how can you be when you start commenting on things like the social order, governance, markets, and climate change... that's when the book lost me.
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.
"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
"A modern masterpiece"
This is a modern master piece. Succinct, unbiased, extreme coverage of time and space. Just a marvellous read.
"The subtitle says it all"
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.
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.
Good reader, and able to convey both the finer points as well as the humour of the book.
"History meets philosophy"
Good thought evoking listening. Many subjects covered but lack of facts makes you wonder how much is subjective.
Incredible journey into the past and future of human beings. So much fascinating information and insights. I loved it. Wow.
"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!
"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.
I was missing a more clear way from origin to now. Gave up after 2 chapters.
"Sequence of words worth the time spent enjoying"
Need personally to get used to Audiobooks. Took longer time according to the calendar than expected. Really pleasant experience listening to such thoughtful work. Would like to see how mass of living wild animals was approached, given the annual catches of fish reported by FAO. Now one needs to figure out what one wants to want.
"Brief yet comprehensive"
This is one of the greatest books in summarizing the history of humanity.
Should be taught in all schools from an early age!! Brilliant insights.
"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.
Engaging narrative and the themes were spun together very imaginatively.
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)
Engaging, never aggravating...no mean trick!
"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.
So interesting. Would recommend this to anyone. Very dry humour in parts and very good narration
"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.
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!
"Essential listening, well read."
Great history with interesting questions raised and viewpoints offered. I particularly liked the different lenses of human progression.
"Excellent and though provoking."
A real expose on who we are, where we came from and an astonishing view on where we're going.
"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.
"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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