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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25

clever but ultimately ridiculous

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-17

I had a hard time swallowing all the contradictory speculations in this historical thought experiment and couldn't finish. not sure what all the fuss is. The thinking in this book is not so incisive or provocative as lazy and smart-alecky. I'll bet his graduate seminars are a lot of fun, but that's the extent of his contribution.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harari’s Books are a delight

  • By Jose Amaya on 2018-11-18

having a hard time buying these arguments

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-11

I imagine these were entertaining speculations in a grad seminar, but as a uniform thesis about the state of the world and our future direction, this book just seems weak and uninspiring/uninspired. I found the prognostications to be unconvincing, incomplete and selective. Had much higher expectations.

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