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Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow
Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

International best seller

From the author of the international best seller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind comes an extraordinary new book that explores the future of the human species.

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy, and every discipline in between.

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

War is obsolete.

You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict.

Famine is disappearing.

You are at more risk of obesity than starvation.

Death is just a technical problem.

Equality is out - but immortality is in.

What does our future hold?

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

What the critics say

" Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before." (Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow)
"Israeli Professor Harari is one of today's most exciting and provocative thinkers. His innovative new book blends science, history, and philosophy to explore the future of humanity in the face of artificial intelligence and examine whether our species will be rendered completely redundant." ( Cambridge Network )

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Accept minor defects and enjoy this book

I listened to Harari's Homo Sapiens and Homo Deus back-to-back. As for Homo Sapiens, I really enjoyed listening to an audiobook with a reasonably entertaining blend of insights, history, and science. And Homo Devous did not disappoint me in having 15 hours more of that.

There is something I should note though. As I was listening, every now and then Harari talked about a topic that I knew about to a good extent and I couldn't not notice that he spices things up, adds a little drama to the topic or to the history of it, so that what he says is not a fully accurate reflection of the reality. I realized that if he views the topics I know about in that way, he should have a similar, spiced up view about other topics that I don't know much about.

So, as long as you understand and accept that, you will enjoy this book very much.

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Narrator skips

The narrator does a fantastic job but following along with the book I find that he skips over entire paragraphs that shouldn't be left out.

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great book, but skips a voice actor skips a lot

i love the book it is nice written, but the actual voice actor skips a lot of paragraphs and words.

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mindblown

you definitly need this book .
while walking I felt like sitting in a corner and keep listenning as my mind was questioning everything we ever known

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Good and excellent follow up to Sapiens

Lots to contemplate. Novel topics from different angles. Well worth the time if you enjoy imagining where we are heading.

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Not a sequel, in a delightful way

I believe Harari have managed to escape repeating himself very well in his second book in this series. You can read this book independently from the first one, and still appreciate it. This book is intended to be futuristic, but digs into history time to time, which I found very enjoyable.
As a techie, when Harari talks about data science or singularity of machine and men, I found his elaboration not very technically accurate, but still acceptable. That being said, he adds a deeper and more philosophical layer to his elaboration that I never found in other books on the subject.

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Sweeping story of humanity's past and future

One of the best books I read (heard) in a long time. A bit like Don Carlins hard core history and Kurtzweil Singularity, but more engaging and easier to follow.

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Enlightening and Terrifying

I love the straightforward approach of this follow-up to Sapiens. The future is presented both as an amazing road of accomplishments ahead and a terrifying look at what could be if we don't put some thought into where we're going. Or maybe we have no choice. Highly recommend this thought provoking book.

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Fantastic follow up to Sapiens

Great listen that details our advancement through time and where we might go as a species. Much like their previous book, Sapiens, the analytical breakdown of our existence comes naturally to the author. Deep ideas voiced well. Will inevitably give you something to think on.

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Insightful regardless of personal opinions

While I cannot fully agree with the future Yuval predicts, he presents insightful points for discussion. The points he presents are backed with solid reasonings, examples, and facts. My initial complaint is some sections are directly taken from his previous book, Sapiens, but I believe I would've appreciated it instead if I had read both these books further apart in time, or if I had never read Sapiens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-05

Job well done.

I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in human kind.

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  • Todzai K Chabudapasi
  • 2019-03-09

Mind Changing

This book took me 3 months to finish due to my own personal discipline but its fascinating in how it opens your mind

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-06

Great Book full of Details History and Predictions

This book is full of great predictions of our futer, by examining our history and culture patterns.

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  • SimonK
  • 2019-01-10

A must have if you finished Sapiens !

Good stuff, really nice facts that make you go like really !?! Well narrated and fun to listen only because of human curiosity.

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  • M L
  • 2018-12-15

awesome

great book. well thought out. I would recommend this to anyone who is wondering whats up with tomorrow.

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  • Joseph Soares
  • 2018-10-15

Fantastic literary work.

A must read master piece and literary work of art that redefines the meaning of enlightenment.

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  • Brittany Richmond
  • 2018-10-01

Fascinating

Easily one of the best books ever written. Thought provoking and accurately imaginative. Derek Perkins does a fantastic narratation.

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  • iman khosravi fard
  • 2018-09-15

Definitely will make you think

Very interesting discussions about our future . highly recommended this book. Now I need to read his latest book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-22

A special journey

One of the best books ever written. Mind boggling and eye opening, witty and exciting.
A must to read for all.

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  • Samuel
  • 2018-07-13

Brilliantly uncomfortable

Everytime I thought I had figured out Harari's angle, he took yet another tack. This book dismantles belief-systems.