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Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up

Written by: Tom Phillips
Narrated by: Nish Kumar
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Modern humans have come a long way in the 70,000 years they’ve walked the earth. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we’re true winners. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we’ve managed to truly f--k things up.

Weaving together history, science, politics, and pop culture, Humans offers a panoramic exploration of humankind in all its glory, or lack thereof. From Lucy, our first ancestor, who fell out of a tree and died, to General Zhou Shou of China, who stored gunpowder in his palace before a lantern festival, to the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the most spectacular fails of the present day, Humans reveals how even the most mundane mistakes can shift the course of civilization as we know it. 

Lively, wry, and brimming with brilliant insight, this unique compendium offers a fresh take on world history and is one of the most entertaining listens of the year.

©2019 Tom Phillips (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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This book makes education cool....

Engaging, interesting and humourous.
I was submerged in the story the whole time.
It's a must read.
Brilliant!

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the research was excellent

the audible book helps uplift the reading experience since its research on research. The epilogue was the amazing. Overall, it is an great read if you want to learn about the world.

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Couldn't stop listening and laughing!

History repeats itself, and it looks like it will again.
They say, if you continue to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results...well you know the rest, or do we?😸😹😹

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Funny and entertaining.

Dragged on in places, but overall, was quite funny and enlightening. You picked the perfect narrator.

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Fascinating, brilliant, depressing and scary

It's a wonder we've made it this far. And makes you wonder how much further.

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Irritating book

I expected this book would provide a thoughtful analysis of mistakes made by humans and how we can improve decision making and history. Instead it was just a silly compilation of many obscure figures of history who did laughably bad things. I learned nothing. And the author tried too hard to be cute and funny with writing style and with unnecessary and irritating profanity.

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  • Zak Clayton
  • 2019-06-06

loved it! Well put together.

Although not a fan of profanity in print, this book was put together, written, and performed so well I honestly loved the flow. Great book. I will listen to it again, and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-20

Truth in Spades

Wow! Slapped in the face, and yet I still hope for the human race. God help us. 🌿

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  • Chris Lane
  • 2020-07-07

Like a Will Anderson Solo Dollop

A very interesting history of all humans. Yes it tackle s Colonization but it isn't all white people are bad we should shoot ourselves. To make myself look more like a moron let me quote Sum 41 we are all to blame

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  • H2O_Doc
  • 2020-03-03

Good

A good and fun read. Worth the time. Interesting bits of history well told and funny.

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  • Skip Drake
  • 2020-02-17

Ironic to tragic history!

Good and informative funny at times. The had a very caustic voice that I had a difficult time listening, too.

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  • Daniel Vera
  • 2020-01-14

Funny AF...

Great reminders of our ability to fuck up big time..
easy to listen I really enjoyed it

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-01-05

Really interesting not funny

There are a lot of really interesting events and people written about here. But none of this should ever be though of as funny in any way. The book is a great, light way to learn about the realities of human failure. The problem is, simply, human failure is not funny.

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  • Shirley Y. Thomas
  • 2019-11-09

Doesn’t live up to promise

When I listened to the sample of the audio, I wanted the book enough to spend a lot more than I usually do to buy it. But I soon regretted that decision. Mr Kumar reads as fast as he possibly can with as much energy and expression as possible. But it soon becomes tiring and just too squishy as he seems to fight to keep his teeth in and his hair on. As for the book, it’s mildly interesting and at times mildly amusing. But after awhile it gets more like listening to a gleeful adolescent seeing how often he can get away with saying fuck in every possible variation. I’m disappointed

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  • James G. McDonald
  • 2019-09-05

laugh your way to the apocalypse

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets humanities seemingly endless quest to fuck up. I laughed through 2 consecutive readings.

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  • Olivia
  • 2019-08-17

Haha, how have we not gone extinct yet?

A really funny look at the very serious ways that humans have been fucking up throughout all of history. Definitely worth checking out, as those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it again and again and again and again. As humans tend to to.