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Sapiens

Lu par : Derek Perkins
Série : Sapiens
Durée : 15 h et 18 min
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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 Random House Audiobooks

Critiques

"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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Magnifique

Amazing book ! One of the best audiobooks that I ever heard! Go for it without hesitation!

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wonderful

What an absolutely stunning and wonderful book! I learned a lot, it s so rich yet very accessible. And so funny! Makes you think long after you finished the book. I recommend this to anyone!

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  • Ed
  • 11/02/2019

A book every single homo sapiens should read

This book offers something that to my knowledge has never been done before: a global review of humanity, from it's beginnings as a hunter-gatherer, to the present, discussing many topics, from culture, to economics, politics to sociology.

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impressed beyond words

no other book has made me think and questioning our existence in this manner. if humanity would truthfully answer the last question in the book there would be only peace and love. so greatful to this author with an unspellable name.

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Definitely worth to buy

I genuinely enjoyed this book. It gives some great opinions on what is being human and illustrates the long path humanity has ventured to get to this state. If I had to point out a negative it would perhaps be the excessive glorification of where we are now as a society.

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interesting, full of anecdotes, excellent reader

the reader is perfect, the content interesting & full of little anecdotes that stay printed in your mind.

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Great book

Loved this book. Very comprehensive, and an interresting and at times eye opening read. Not afraid to tackle tabous, and a pretty honest look at history, i think.

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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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  • Vetrici Marius
  • 23/08/2017

A comprehensive book with surprising angles

The book takes you from early development of humankind up to the nowadays scientific breakthrough.

It is full of insights and explains in very simple terms the development of such concepts as money, religion, empiers, science and the linkage between them.

I truly enjoyed this insightful book full of aha moments.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Misha B
  • 11/01/2020

fantastic book, elegant and engaging

it is rare to find a book so engagingly tell the story of humankind,problems it has been facing and will

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  • Niko W.
  • 08/01/2020

Eine bodenständige und umwerfende Geschichte der Menschheit

Sapiens ist eine sachliche, gut geschriebene und mit interessanten Fakten und Anekdoten gespickte Erzählung über die Herkunft, den Werdegang und die potentielle Zukunft des Menschen. Besonders positiv ist mir die angenehme und dynamische Stimme des Sprechers aufgefallen. Obwohl es ein Sachbuch ist, hat Sapiens viele unterhaltsame Kapitel und sollte für jeden Interessierten einiges bereithalten.

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  • Olsi Saqe
  • 17/12/2019

Simply thought into details

A book that unfolds the real truth of humans. Not constrained by any social barrier the author nails the topics he mentions. It is a history of how humans evolved to what we are today.