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    Our species has only roamed the Earth for 200,000 years — but in that time, we’ve done more to change the face of the planet than any other creature in existence. In his provocative best-selling work Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari takes listeners on a journey through the history of mankind, from the Stone Age to today. 

    Over the course of this un-pausable audiobook, Harari examines how each generation of humanity left its mark on the planet - and how we’re still changing our world as each day passes. 

    Audie Award-winning English voice actor Derek Perkins skilfully navigates this thorough, research-driven work, setting the perfect tone for this riveting audiobook with his deep, intellectual delivery.  

    To put it simply in the words of one listener: 'Prepare to have your mind blown'.

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    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 Penguin Audio

    Commentaires

    "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)
    " Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration... Harari's writing radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new." ( The Sunday Times)
    "I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species." (Bill Gates)

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    The single best book at Audible

    Sapiens is a truly mind blowing book. One of those that you wish to never end, so you could still learn something more. It covers the whole history of humankind, from the early phase of our species, through our progress of conquering the planet, to the current culture and economy mechanism and finally possible future outcomes and serious issues to come.

    Throughout the book author takes a very fresh approach to many of the topics, often looking at them from the planet perspective, with surprising comparisons between the cultures and other species or organizations.
    He shows that many of the issues that bother us may be far less important and more imagined than we are tricked to think and also that many standards and rights we take as granted are just some abstract cultural creations or community management tricks.

    On top of all that one can see the scale of the destruction and suffering caused by humans already and the direction of current changes. Finally it raises an important question - are we getting any more happy? Obviously this one and many others the reader must figure out by himself, but the author helps a lot to structure the current knowledge.

    Last, but not least all the argumentation is really consistent and complete and in no moment I felt like it's a fraud of any kind. However, some implications may be a bit too generalized and therefore one must be cautious and critical, as always.

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    excellent book

    Excellent book which explains out human history through a unique, sharp and original point of view.

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    Well recommended

    For me, offered offered often a totally unexpected view on developments of the human history. Fascinating read!

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    excellent

    Porte un regard neuf mais lucide sur l'histoire de l'humain et sa condition. un livre inoubliable.

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    A must read for the 21st century

    An absolute must for anyone attempting to understand who we are and where we cone from, and how we came to be as a society. Compelling arguments that leave a lot to be pondered. A great read!

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    • geo
    • 06/03/2021

    Science ou politique ?

    Selon moi, l'auteur tente adroitement d'insinuer son point de vue et manque de rigueur scientifique.

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    Decent book, but don’t expect much

    You know those apps where you can listen to a 15-minute “summary” of a book, and supposed to get its essence? Well, Sapiens is like those apps for world history.

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    Passionnant!

    J'ai adoré, c'était vraiment passionnant! Le lecteur est captivant. Le seul problème, je dirais, c'est qu'il y a un nombre incalculable de connaissances et d'informations à la minute, on aurait envie de s'attarder sur chacune d'entre elles mais une lecture auditive ne le permet pas vraiment, à moins de revenir sans cesse en arrière. Cet ouvrage est peut être plus adapté à la lecture visuelle. Mais cela ne change rien au fait que je me suis régalée.

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    really well written and easy to understand

    This book offers an overview of our history without the boring details that are usually a part of the field of history. i warmly recommend especially if you don't usually enjoy history.

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    mind blowing book

    One if not the best book I have read. very easy to read, and very rich. it gives many new perspectives on many topics

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    • Bradley Janse van Rensburg
    • 13/06/2017

    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.

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    • Shyam
    • 13/06/2017

    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.

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    • Kumoyo
    • 28/07/2017

    A must read!!!!

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!! It is extremely well written and narrated. This book summarizes the answers to how we (Sapiens) have arrived at this point in time, ability and culture and goes beyond by asking the questions of where we are headed to, whether by our own devices or through circumstance. I definitely recommend spending a minimum of 15 hours of your time to read every bit of this book, I know I'll be scheduling another 15 to 20 hours for another read (more synoptic) to get into the guts of the matter and read alongside other such works

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sapiens?

    There were so many great moments but I'll mention a few:

    - The realization that we are probably not as special (when compared to other species) as we might want to believe.
    - The realization that while we generally view ourselves as the one and only true humans, there have been other types of humans with their own strengths and quirks
    - Our future and the implications of advancements we are making (such as AI, etc)
    - A reinforcement of the realization that many things we consciously believe as real are either figments of our imagination or simply our own perspectives based on our beliefs, norms and values as well as the accuracy of our individual & collective apparatus i.e. eyes, ears, nostrils, etc.

    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    A solid performance by Derek Perkins. His narration style was perfect for the content and while I reading I thought he was the author (I think it reminded me of Neil degrasse Tyson's narration of his own book, Astrophysics for people in a hurry, where you could tell that he was more than a master of the content in the book)....his delivery was awesome!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was left with many questions with one powerful question being whether the point to life was for the well-being of the individual or for the well-being of the species over time or maybe it's not a zero-sum game but that leads to even more questions than answers

    Any additional comments?

    Two very minor observations and/or corrections for the author:

    - Akhenaten and his adoption of monotheism: I thought the date was more around 1350BC rather than 350BC as narrated in the book (which is rather quite late)

    - The insinuation that Ghana (and by extension implying that African states) select dictators as leaders: there is a common misconception that all African states are run by despots. It is true that the systems of government in most African countries are worse than those in Northern and Central Europe (and maybe there is more corruption but I would probably qualify that statement by stating there is more "blantant" corruption in several African states whereas there is more sophisticated corruption in the west and obviously Trump, with his ethical dilemmas, is an exception to this) but many countries like Botswana, Zambia and Ghana have been voting for their leaders in peaceful elections for decades. Unfortunately, the general view presented of Africa is that of the deeply troubled states such as Somalia and Sudan and the success stories are completely ignored. I'm not trying to criticize you (the author) as you are likely just as much a victim of how information about Africa is presented by the media (a mix of fake and real news) but rather that if people like yourself can start to use a different tone and send a different message when talking about Africa, that this could change the attitude of many (including many Africans themselves who are exposed to some of the same fake news) about Africa and its people and facilitate greater cooperation across all sapiens and not just some sapiens.

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    • Lauri
    • 20/03/2017

    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

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    • Leo Saumure
    • 20/01/2016

    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.

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    • Vivek
    • 07/07/2015

    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!

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    • Andrew Nash
    • 13/05/2015

    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.

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    • Ram Anvesh Reddy
    • 14/03/2017

    A modern masterpiece

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

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    • Diane Simpson Page
    • 20/08/2015

    Mind blowing

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

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    • Aurelian Cotuna
    • 20/12/2020

    Just wooow. absolutely amazing book

    I think this is the best book I've read so far. The narrator is amazing, the story is mind blowing and the book really makes you think and put human life in perspective.

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    • Dirk Zimmermann
    • 31/07/2017

    amazing sight on human being

    often total new insight in already known facts and motivation to rethink set motivations and believes

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    • Stingray
    • 30/06/2017

    Great Book

    I have to admit that the preview chapter was not making me curious. It sounded too much like from my biology book. But the recommendation like from Bill Gates let me start listening. And it was worthy.
    A great overview from the Big Bang to today and the development of humankind; many theories and this all packed in a wonderful language. I learned a lot.
    A must read. For everyone who is interested in more than the schedule of today's TV program.

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    • Christoph
    • 23/02/2016

    Incredible!

    Linking the narratives and developments of 70000 years is an incredible challenge. Listen to this. It is a masterful presentation of human intellect. Full of doubts and bold believes, full of reason and ingenuity, full of contradiction and interpretation. Convincing, mind expanding and truly inspiring like humans themselves. A fantastic piece of art and science.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 06/04/2017

    Superficial and not objective

    A few good ideas and interesting parallels are drowned in polarised discussion and common cliches. It is a superficial reading, filled with controversial facts and unsupported conclusions. The book is more a subjective view of the author as a history of a mankind.

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    • marmotte77
    • 11/07/2016

    good train reading

    Very entertaining but the facts are not always accurate. The book is an excellent discussion-starter.

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    • Sascha T Rodenberg
    • 30/05/2017

    Incredibly interesting!

    As you go through the book, the author keeps opening your eyes to new ways of looking at things. It is a delight!

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    • Marc Dierckx
    • 01/02/2016

    History beyond the availability bias

    The book lives more from the originality of its ideas than from the depth of the arguments, but incorporates successfully the latest findings in archeology, economics and other fields of science into a coherent theory about the past and future of homo sapiens. As a result and also thanks to the fluent narration the book can distance itself from the masses of new publications and comes with a guarantee of new insights for all but a few exceptional homo sapiens.

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    • vishnu
    • 15/05/2021

    mind-blowing

    Excellent book. Gives a totally different perspective about our story and past. Narration is totally enjoyable. A must read!

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    • 2more
    • 01/04/2021

    Super interesting for most parts

    This book attempts to cover literally the entire history of humandkind and for most parts does a very good job in maintaining a neutral objective perspective, making the reader aware of each period and each culture having their own myths that would have great influence on the daily social life, the power hirachy and thus determined history. At some point he reaches the modern world view and the topic of gender and here he completely loses his objectivity in my opinion and blurs the lines between culture and biology in ways that don't make sense. He claims that most differences between men and women stem from myths and not from biology, going so far as to proclaim that men are only physically stronger because the many cultures of the world excluded women from sports and thus they had no chance to prove themselves. This has nothing to do with the patriarchy, this is just biology. So when all these topics were touched, the author definetely lost his ability to stay objective and his own belief system dictacting some truth to him became obvious. Thus ironically he gave a good example for what he observed about humanity throughout earlier chapters.

    Until this part I enjoyed the book very much but that entire chapter was just a bunch of modern myths used to debunk the myths of the past. How ironic really.

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    • Kai
    • 31/03/2021

    Very interesting and entertaining.

    As my first audible book, I'll give it five stars.
    I'm really satisfied with the narrator's pronunciation, and at which speed he speaks.
    The book's content, I've really enjoyed and can only recommend it for anyone interested in the past until present time. I'll most likely be getting Homo Deus or 21 lessons for the twenty first century, since it's the same author and narrator.