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Sapiens audiobook cover art

Great start, but loses steam in the second half

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

Overall an enjoyable book. It raises many interesting thoughts revolving mankind. Harari shows himself knowledgable in many subjects - not only in history, but also in many other scientific fields.

However, I agree with the other less positive reviewers of this book. While I enjoyed the first half of the book - which is dedicated to the hunter and agricultural eras of mankind - it turns rather boring and repetitive in its second half. Yes, you have already reiterated 50 times about how cultural evolution is independent of biological evolution, how social constructs aren't actually real, how buddhism is the best religion and how capitalism is superior to communism.

It feels like Harari wanted the book to be more grandiose than it necessarily needed to be. The book could be shortened without sacrificing the overall message.

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The Three-Body Problem audiobook cover art

Slow first half - masterful second half

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

Thought the book was a bit too confusing and strange in the beginning. Struggled reading through the first half as I didn't know what to expect from the story, but it redeems itself with a masterful second half.

Becoming audiobook cover art

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Michelle Obama tells an inspiring and touching autobiography about how she became the person she is today.

I highly recommend to listen to the audio book version, as she makes a remarkable job as a narrator. Listening to her story in her own voice makes you connect to her in a more personal level.