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Summary of Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind
Narrated by: Leanne Thompson
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered how we got to the point that we are now? What events in history shaped our modern society and way of life? 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind seeks to answer these questions and more. The author explains that many of the questions he brings up really haven’t been the subject of much study, but having answers to them does help us have a better understanding. 

In this guide, you’ll learn more about where we started and where we’ll ultimately end up - perhaps we’ll eventually go the way of other human species: extinction. 

This summary explains a little about: 

  • The cognitive revolution 
  • The agricultural revolution  
  • The unification of humankind 
  • The scientific revolution 

This guide is just a brief introduction to all of the information you’ll find in the book Sapiens. You’ll learn how humans started out having very little impact on the environment around them to the point that we have completely changed it. Yuval Noah Harari explains how money changes people and societies and how perhaps greed is a good idea.  

(Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.)  

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  • Albert
  • 27-09-2018

Great Book.

The book was very intellectual and thought provoking with a plethora of sweeping generalist comments. Great author and a book that makes me further enjoy history!

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  • Sienna Griffin
  • 27-09-2018

Excellent Book!

Interesting book summary. Encourage others to read it if they are interested in understanding society better. Great summary indeed.

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  • Tom Johnson
  • 27-09-2018

Good job.

This book was wonderfully written, very easy to understand and left me wanting more from the author! I'll be purchasing others from him!

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  • Cameron
  • 27-09-2018

Loved.

Excellent summary of key points in the book, thus saving time for those wanting an organized synthesis of the full work. However, the wealth of research presented by the author in the complete version that supported or motivated the conclusions is obviously missing

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  • Hazel
  • 28-09-2018

Like this whole data.

It is very well-written and informative. However, the final portion of the book is what really compelled me - without spoiling it for any prospective reader, the author analyzes humanity's role in the global ecosystem, and speculates as to what the future may hold for our species and the other species on our planet.

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  • Edmond
  • 28-09-2018

Good listen.

This is one of the most amazing books I ever listen in my life. The author capacity to synthesize biological history and mix it with science and humanities, make the reading quite a ride.

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  • J. Olszewski
  • 28-09-2018

Well Summarized.

Amazing, I can't stop reading till the last page. It is great fun to follow author well-crafted story line on human development. However, it is a little difficult to follow his logic on human biology, particularly separating reality from fiction, or imagined reality.

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  • John Viens
  • 27-09-2018

Nice book.

Let me understand revolution of human and currency, war and culture. So humans are Homo sapiens among history, anyway, this book is awesome.

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  • D. Hamel
  • 28-09-2018

Good job.

I came away from listening this book with a less than favorable view of our species. However, I am very thankful for the journey. It will almost certainly broaden your worldview and put life into perspective.

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  • Jamie Dunn
  • 28-09-2018

It is a very interesting book.

It is a very interesting book, it surprises me so that the author explains this theory of the evolution of Homo Sapiens, and the great change in the cognitive phase, as well as the explanation of the development in Australia and how the Sapiens becomes the greatest predator of The great Animals, like the Mammoth.

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  • Liliya
  • 27-09-2018

Nice!

The summary contains most major points, but misses the rich exposition, including examples and fine language, which the book itself contains. Hopefully, listening the summary will convince the grad students to listen the entire book.

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  • JOHN
  • 27-09-2018

Fantastic Book!

A helpful resource and a challenging book. A little disturbing as both with Christianity and Buddhism the variations in the religions are not mentioned.

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  • Lora
  • 27-09-2018

Loved.

While much attention is given to the role of dominant males in forming local societies, no discussion is included in what most other researchers would insist is the critical role of females in selecting males for breed. Females of all species work to, effectively, find the strongest genes to pass on to their offspring. I think readers will be left wanting to find this discussion included.

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  • KEVIN
  • 27-09-2018

Very good advice.

This book gives me a tremendous knowledge of human origin in a very easy and interesting manner. Though I'm a Christian, this research narrative seems not against my belief because every research made by human has its limit, and that's the divine area.

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  • Loren
  • 27-09-2018

Best Book.

Sapiens is one of the best books I've listen. The revelations about the homo sapiens are eye opening. Highly recommend this book and its sequel.

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  • ADDNE
  • 28-09-2018

Inspiring.

Wow! This is the most amazing analysis of human history I have ever listen. It not only pinpoints all of the most crucial cultural turning points, but offers convincing explanations as to why they happened. At times mind-blowing, it's all conveyed in disarmingly simple prose.

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  • Lepart Kopper
  • 28-09-2018

This book is simply amazing!

This book is simply amazing! The information was presented in a way that kept my attention, and there were many theories presented that I had never heard before. I may not believe in all of the theories presented but I enjoyed listening about it and it will definitely keep me thinking about it. I intend to listen more books by this author, and am especially interested in what his predictions for humanity are going into the future.

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  • Martin
  • 28-09-2018

Wonderful overview.

The connection of ideas in this broad sweep of human history dazzles. I have listened to it on Audible and have been fascinated. I have now purchased it in hard copy so that I can "reread" it i another format. There is so much knowledge in this book that I am eager to re-read it, something I rarely do, at least not right away. Highly recommended.

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  • PAUL
  • 28-09-2018

A great listen.

Sapiens reviews everything we believe we know about our history, questions all our beliefs, and challenges us to think with greater ambition and depth about what we can look for in the future. A great listen.

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  • Courtney
  • 28-09-2018

Nice Summary!!

Wow.......what an interesting book. Even if you normally only read fiction, you will find plenty in this book that will hold your interest. A well written non-fiction book filled with fascinating information.

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