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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind
Auteur(s): Yuval Harari
Narrateur(s): Derek Perkins
Durée: 15 h et 18 min
Catégories: Histoire, Monde
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Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one.

Us.

Homo Sapiens.

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

©2017 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

Ce que les critiques disent

"Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best seller. 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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday)
" 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." ( The Sunday Times)

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I'll definitely listen to this again.

Really interesting book and well narrated. Even if you're familiar with the current story of our biological evolution, that story is retold in a really digestible way. There's much more in here than biology though. Philosophy, psychology and explanations of our behaviour and relationship to out environment from the beginning to modern day. I couldn't even fit an index of it all in a short review. I'll definitely listen to this again.

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I've learned so much from this book!

I didn't use to like reading about history. As time has gone by, I've caught myself not only addicted to getting to know more about our history but also to audiobooks! Well, I liked the way of which this book was written especially for those like me not familiar with history. I've ended up wanting to read more and more! However, I'd like to make an observation that most parts of this book weren't narrated fully! I mean, many times the writing and its audio reproduction don't match! This doesn't compromise the understanding, but I believe this may be an issue for some people. Overall, getting to know a little more about our history was amazing!

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Raised with a Creationist POV - Eyes Opened

Wow did this ever challenge my point of view and helped me to see a larger picture of how humans became what we are today. I was particularly struck by the DNA evidence of different sapiens and the fact that every species has multiple forms, for example, canines and felines. It is so logical that there were many great apes that were sapiens.

Something that was not specifically mentioned but was impactful for me personally was when the author described the positive and negative impact of the agricultural revolution. The correlation of the negative impacts of the agricultural revolution to the curse in Genesis that God put on Adam and Eve is eerily similar. This strongly supports that the Bible account in Genesis is an allegory and not a historical account. I knew this in my heart of hearts but this really sealed it for me.

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a must read

to my fellow Sapiens, I wish all of you sometime in your life spare some time to give this book a read/listen

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loved it

I very much enjoyed listening to Sapiens, an interesting perspective on us humans through out history and at the same time asking very relevent questions on our behavior.

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  • Sam
  • 2019-04-12

Simply Wonderful, Inspired my Degree in Biology

Listen, relax, and approach with soft objectivism: The art of not forgoing your views, but not holding them out as a shield to the discussion at hand.

You'll notice most reviews which are 3 stars or lower are from people that wish they could have argued a point they disagreed with. I do not believe any point to be hollow, or narrow. The author's tone leaves the ultimate conclusion up to you. This book changed my life in 2016 and this is my 3rd go around with it.

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amazing book, I liked the narrator.

game changer!! I loved the content and the way in which it was narrated. highly recommended *****

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This book will make you think!

Comprehensive and well narrated. The fundamental questions the book asks will make you think at levels spanning through philosophy, sociology, anthropology, biology and more.

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Great (but some arguments were hollow)

Great book. Some of his arguments were slightly hollow and were left under examined as to not shine light on the fact that they were overly simplistic.

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Fantastic

Well written, well read up, thoroughly enjoyed the cerebral intercourse. I would recommend this book

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  • LiveMind
  • 2019-07-05

A classical

This book present several insightful original ideas in a lively manner. It is very close to my trilogy of the greatest books ever written: Origin of species, Wealth of Nations, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Not only is the past explored through the effects of revolutions (Cognitive, agricultural, industrial) on the lives of ordinary humans, but the present revolution is analized in detail, leading to the prediction that the individuals of the future will not be just us.

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  • Tim Borys
  • 2019-04-04

Outstanding!

Destined to become a classic. A must read for every person on the planet. Looking forward to reading his other books.

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Superp discussion about human evalution.

A good perspective for sapiens who wonder where we came from and where we are going. Well done.

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  • Ken Muir
  • 2019-03-15

Sapien - a great work!

I really enjoyed the whole experience of both listening to the narrator and the material itself. it filled in. a lot of gaps in things I've pondered for many years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-08

Well done.

wonderfully crafted piece of literature. I kind of wished there was another five chapters. I will probably have to listen to it again ... maybe annually.

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  • Phillip Layton
  • 2019-01-29

highly recommend!

One of the top two most influential book I have ever read. the other one is Richard Dawkins The selfish Gene 1976.

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  • 2018-12-26

History, science and philosophy all packaged up

A real tour de force of integrating what we know from physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy and history and what it means. Fascinating from the outset and interesting through to the end.

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  • 2018-11-05

INSIGHTFUL book on a typically boring subject

I wish Yuval was my history teacher. I have gained a new appreciation to History in general. I look to purchase more books from this author, as well as in the domain of History in general.

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awesome survey of human history

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The tree of knowledge

Enlightening, scary, fascinating and humbling. I could go on but there is no point. This book covers so much and yet given the time it covers... Is a precise of humanity. Very well read this should be a text book and required reading for all.