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Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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        Yuval Noah Harari
    
    


    
    
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        Derek Perkins
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,043 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,972

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species 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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

runs out of steam

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Fantastic narration. While the book starts off strong, it keeps picking up the pace, glossing over topics and gets a little preachy towards the end. I'd easily recommend it though.

  • On Photography

  • By: Susan Sontag
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews

  • By Deb on 10-18-13

Fantastic, but would rather read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-15

If you could sum up On Photography in three words, what would they be?

Machine gun thoughts

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this, but I'd recommend getting a non-audiobook version of it. The cadence at which thought provoking sentiments are shared is just too much for an audiobook. You'll want to re-read lines, see names, etc. It's well performed though, if a little monotonous.

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