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Publisher's Summary

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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Great!

Listened to twice now and will do again in the near future. I am tired of taking a screen shot of the cover and sending to others. I think both Audible and Kindle should think about how one can share such things - yes at a discount. Yuval would surely agree with me - not only for the $ but how that fits in the with world we are now in. Over to you Audible.

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He's done it again

A truly insightful, thought-provoking, and meditated tackle at some of life's biggest unknowns.

By far one of the best book series by one of the best authors to date.


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Brilliant!!!

A brilliant eye opener!!! You won’t see the world the same way after reading this book. I wish I read this book when I was 15 (yes, even before it was written).

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Ok, but not Harari's Best Book by a long shot

Harari raises some interesting points however his arguments are not as well structured and supported as in his previous works. Feels slightly underresearched and unpolished.

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A+ must read for everyone

I’ve read all three of Yuval’s books - multiple times. Highly thought provoking, easy to read and understand. These books will give you a different perspective on the world. While a DNA test might give people a more open minded perspective on their own bloodlines, other people and cultures, Yuvals books will do the same - just in a different way. The saying that life is short and make the most of it has even more importance for me now. Thank you Yuval for opening my mind to a new way of thinking. The narrator - Derek Perkins is outstanding. Highly recommend.

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Disappointing

After the truly epic "Sapiens" and the very good "Home Deus" Harari has completely missed the mark with this book. Instead of theorising and philosophising Yuval get's caught up in his own bias' and politics. If it were any other author you'd say it was a break through bit for Harari it is a complete and utter disappointment. 3/5 Stars.

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Grear book<br />

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Very open mind. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the world and the people.

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Good not excellent as Sapiens!

This book looks like was collection of detailed notes which the Author used for writing Sapiens and Homodeus. Except for few sections, I enjoyed the book overall.

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An existential crisis in every chapter!

An existential crisis with a glimmer of hope in every chapter!
Every shelf needs this book.

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chillingn and thrilling

A must for all scientists and humanists alike. It's inspirational and keeps on the edge

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  • knaan
  • 01-09-2018

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
  • 09-11-2018

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
  • 06-11-2018

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
  • 05-11-2018

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
  • 04-11-2018

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
  • 01-11-2018

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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  • Saskia
  • 15-11-2018

Quite shocking

I was surprised by the quite shocking message of Harari. His writing is humorous, fascinating and his message is globally useful. After reading this book I realised our nowadays world is much more complex than I thought. It gives possible answers what courses wars, about globalization and the impact of technological revolutions. #globalpolitics #antropology #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • LEANNE NOWELL
  • 13-11-2018

Thank you

At last, proper explanations and a practical guide. Thanks to Yuval Harari for writing it down and sharing it.

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  • Rene De Paula Jr.
  • 06-11-2018

illuminating!

I wish I had read this book when I was 18, but I am glad that now, at 54, I can read it and identify so much with the author's lucidity and perspective.

read it.

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  • klara gustafson
  • 30-10-2018

Another fantastic journey.

Don't know what else I could say that others haven't. In my library of paradigm shifting books, his books stand alone. Like Homo Deus, I didn't want this one to end.

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 07-09-2018

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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  • Lukas
  • 06-09-2018

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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  • Nagarajan
  • 08-09-2018

Brilliant mind

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

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  • Jason Flaherty
  • 09-09-2018

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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  • George
  • 09-09-2018

Thinking well

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

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  • Tiago Lazaro
  • 11-09-2018

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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  • Gary Shavit
  • 01-09-2018

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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  • shania
  • 23-10-2018

Disappointed

I really enjoyed sapiens and found a lot of useful and interesting ideas contained therein (though, towards the end of the book, I disagreed with quite a lot of Mr Harari's analysis of contemporary society). I heard the author interviewed on a podcast and thought he was interesting and intelligent. I saved this audiobook 'til I could give it due consideration. I found the writer's ideas vague and his reasoning unconvincing. He made massive assumptions and generalisations and produced a narrative that felt incompatible with my understanding of history. This was followed by what felt like an inane and poorly researched portrayal of emerging technologies that then turned into the most ridiculous and pointless waffle; i would have laughed had i not paid money for it. It felt like the worst sort of propaganda. Maybe if I had continued to listen I'd have found the golden nugget, but I decided i was just wasting my time. Maybe it's just me; other people seem to like it...

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  • LK
  • 17-09-2018

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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  • Maija Kovari
  • 14-09-2018

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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