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Publisher's Summary

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

What the critics say

"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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  • Shea Earl
  • 2017-11-25

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-17

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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  • MMH Toronto
  • 2017-11-01

An individual's interpretation of history ...

History is an engaging topic, the segments where the author delivers on what the title promises are thus engaging and interesting. When actual history is shared I enjoyed the book. However, much of the book is nothing more than the author's subjective opinionated and biased interpretation of history. All major religions are attacked save the author's own faith and nation. I am disappointed that a "scientist" can be this jaded and closed minded.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-27

Exceptional !!!<br />

Exceptional. Plain and simple. . . . .
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  • Saarim
  • 2017-10-18

Generational Book

This book is something else. I've never read a book with so much depth and insight. The captivating words paired with a great speaker made this a book for generations to come.

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  • Steve Erickson
  • 2018-05-19

Profound

Brilliant, deep and far - sighted observations on history and evolution.
A real treat for the mind.

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  • Yodan K.
  • 2018-05-19

not your typical history book.

it makes you ponder.. and wonder who are we really. profound yet disturbing as you read through the end.

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  • Oksana
  • 2018-05-17

must read

Love it. easy to read. mass of info. a lot to think about ) Thanks to author!

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  • Sylvain
  • 2018-05-16

I feel enlightened after reading this book!

This has been the greatest book I've listened to on audible so far. I have a library of over 50 titles and the overall content is excellent and presented linearly. the Performance was excellent very easy to understand and I never found myself having to go back to listen again for parts that I may not have understood. Highly recommend this title to any homo sapien alive today.

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  • James Munroe
  • 2018-05-06

Great Book

loved this book. Yuval's insights and research are brilliant. This book will be re-read many times and I'll get something new from each time, I'm sure.

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  • Lynzey
  • 2018-05-12

This is a must read!!

Should be required reading in all schools in all nations. Extremely insightful and thoughtful. Please share!!

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  • David
  • 2018-05-08

Incredible Book

I picked up this book because it was recommended by Bill Gates on some online website. I didn't expect it to be such a stunning piece of work. The beginning of the book covers an area of human prehistory that is truly fascinating. the latter chapters are not as strong but still great.

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  • Brittany Richmond
  • 2018-04-13

Perfection

The single most significant book you'll ever 'read.' (Or listen to.) Thought provoking content and excellent narrative.

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  • Ellen de Graaf
  • 2018-04-09

amazing book, and great speaker

would recommend this book to anyone! narrator was also amazing to listen to. I've enjoyed all hours I've spent listening to this book and being educated by humankind

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  • Hue Jass
  • 2018-02-20

Great all around

Great struxture, great reader, and thought provocing topics. Expect to pause, rewind, and re-read this book in a good way. To better underatand the topics and to ponder its ideas

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  • Bano
  • 2018-01-23

My first ebook and it was a great experience.

Always love an entertaining and educating book and this one fit perfectly. I would recommend this for those who dont know a lot about human history and how it ties into todays world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-19

Mental Liberations

See the world and it's evolution out of the confines of social trends and traditional beliefs.

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  • Your name goes here
  • 2017-09-17

Historical option fiction?

I thought this was a science book but infact it is more of a historical fiction with options and no references. The reader for the book was very good though.

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