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Random House presents the audiobook edition of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, read by Derek Perkins. 

From the author of the multimillion copy best seller Sapiens.

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. 

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? 

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

©2018 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Zealots beware!

To me, Sapiens was easily the best book I ever came across, and it marked the beginning of my journey through a lot of scientific books. I couldn't finish Homo Deus, I found it to be too speculative.
Now, the 21 Lessons are easily the best book I listened to in years. There's a lot to learn, not just about the 21st century.
Check it out!

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A thought provoking read

Makes you reassess and rethink what you know and why you and others do what they do. Loved it and would highly recommend it to all

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Excellent reading, wonderful narrator and very clear ideas

Similar to his other books, this one is a masterpiece, with his analytical view of the world and the matters around it, he manages to talk about the deepest questions with an creative look. I totally recomend this book.

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Insightful

Just sublime, as per usual from both the author and the narrator. Recommended to man woman and child alike.

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Brilliant!!

Another magical and thought provoking piece of art by Yuval. Excellent...a must read along with his 2 previous books.

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Joy!

After enlightening our past (Sapiens) and our possible future (Homo deus), Harari brings us back to here and now in another masterpiece. Concise, funny, courageous and uncompromising, this book unveils many mirages of modern life that we have built around ourselves or that others are building for us. A call to mankind to wake up and act, now!
Derek Perkins’ narration is also splendid.

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really thought provoking.

listened to it twice. will be listening to it again at some point. like his other books he says a lot in few words. the beginning bored me a bit after homo deus but on the 2nd listen i got more out of that too. so happy and grateful to be able to read great works like this.

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A very clear and lucid book I enjoyed listening it

Noah Harari is an inquisitive person that knows how to conmunicate his ideas and conclusions.
Derek Perkings is an excelent reader and speaker.
The contents is very important, interesting and clear

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The Trilogy Is Complete

After Sapiens and Homo Deus, this third from their brilliant author Yuval Noah Harari appears to complete his messages to the world. Diligence in researching, deep understanding of ideas and drawing sensible conclusions is Harari's forte. His humility lies in not attempting to answer each and every point raised and leaving it to the readers to draw their own conclusions is strong point of this man. The final chapter on his personal experiences with Vipasana is very much necessary to give a great closure to what according to me is one of the most brilliant trilogy of modern times. The only places where he swaggered was when the same points got repeatedly repeated. Absolutely loved it but won't read a fourth one of the same genre from the same author.

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Master piece

Off the back of my number 1 book Sapiens, this is a master piece. The points he brings up are important and the correlations he makes are profound. A must read, but you will need to give it another read to really appreciate it. Enjoy

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 09-07-18

Grow your mind

Yet another master class, after reading all three of his books “Sapiens”,” Homo Deus” and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” I am left wondering how one man could possibly cover so much. To understand where we are, where we came from, and where we could possibly be heading, A true trilogy for the mind. Seekers you need look no further for enlightenment. For an inquiring mind, you have a feast on your hands here. I have yet to be educated in a more entertaining way. So many ideas to contemplate, you will never look at things in quite the same way. In a word enriching.

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  • Lukas
  • 09-06-18

Great book, good as the previous ones.

Recommend to everyone who seeks more true in their lifes. Recommend previous books as well.

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  • Nagarajan
  • 09-08-18

Brilliant mind

What an introspection and observation at the mean time. A brilliant book and will recommend.

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  • LK
  • 09-17-18

10/10

‘Sapiens’ will stand out in history as a clearly mapped out record of the evolution of human beings from apes to modern day.
Fuelled by passion and intellect,
organised and delivered for any curious human of under average intelligence to genius to absorb and understand.

‘Homo Deus’ is my favourite non fiction book in years, an all time favourite. I have uncountable positive comments I could make about the wisdom it shows and issues it raises. My only critique, was that I sensed a slightly biased hidden agenda from Harari, portrayed as an informative ‘on the fence’ summary of life in the modern age and what may follow.

This considered ‘21 Lessons’ is the perfect follow up, he clearly and honestly opens up to the audience, expressing his personal views amongst the pleather of facts.

I am very fond of the conclusion, where he voices the importance and value of practicing a daily non biased observation of the self without judgement or agenda.
It is amazing to me that clearly right now, human beings main problem is our relationship with our own feelings, a subject rarely considered or discussed.
I love how this man thinks and teaches by example.

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  • Jason Flaherty
  • 09-09-18

21 lessons

Another insightful audio book from Yuval. Fantastic narration. A concise and easy tone.
As with all his other audiobooks I will be listening again within a few months.
Highly recommended.
Keep up the fantastic work. Bravo

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  • George
  • 09-09-18

Thinking well

His clarity and acknowledgment of bias reveals a number of truths. The performance by Perkins is also excellent.

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  • Tiago Lazaro
  • 09-11-18

Blown away!

Based on Yuval’s 2 previous books I pre-ordered this audiobook and couldn’t wait to start listening. As I expected it blew me away with the its clarity and Yuval’s outstanding ability to explain in simple language, what in his assessment are the important lessons of history. A must listen.

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  • Gary Shavit
  • 09-01-18

This book will make you smarter.

Each 'lesson' makes you think. His purpose isn't to convince you or to enlighten you to his point of view. But to make you consider your point of view and to weigh it's validity.

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  • Maija Kovari
  • 09-14-18

An clear look at the big questions of our time

Clearly structured, well written look at many important topics that define our global era. A part of me wishes there was a big solution at the end, but I guess that's the whole point - the solutions are yet to reveal themselves, and to see our challenges clearly and soberly is a the necessary first step.

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  • Phillip
  • 09-13-18

Phenomenal from start to finish

Must read or listen only with an open mind :) loved this book as much as Sapiens and Homo Deus. Derek Perkins is wonderful to listen to! I thoroughly enjoy hearing Yuval's opinions and thoughts :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-18

He's done it again

A truly insightful, thought-provoking, and meditated tackle at some of life's biggest unknowns.

By far one of the best book series by one of the best authors to date.


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  • Michael Matusik
  • 09-13-18

Great!

Listened to twice now and will do again in the near future. I am tired of taking a screen shot of the cover and sending to others. I think both Audible and Kindle should think about how one can share such things - yes at a discount. Yuval would surely agree with me - not only for the $ but how that fits in the with world we are now in. Over to you Audible.

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  • Zoubir
  • 10-11-18

Brilliant!!!

A brilliant eye opener!!! You won’t see the world the same way after reading this book. I wish I read this book when I was 15 (yes, even before it was written).

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  • Cam Liston
  • 09-24-18

Disappointing

After the truly epic "Sapiens" and the very good "Home Deus" Harari has completely missed the mark with this book. Instead of theorising and philosophising Yuval get's caught up in his own bias' and politics. If it were any other author you'd say it was a break through bit for Harari it is a complete and utter disappointment. 3/5 Stars.

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  • Morgan James
  • 10-10-18

Ok, but not Harari's Best Book by a long shot

Harari raises some interesting points however his arguments are not as well structured and supported as in his previous works. Feels slightly underresearched and unpolished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-18

A+ must read for everyone

I’ve read all three of Yuval’s books - multiple times. Highly thought provoking, easy to read and understand. These books will give you a different perspective on the world. While a DNA test might give people a more open minded perspective on their own bloodlines, other people and cultures, Yuvals books will do the same - just in a different way. The saying that life is short and make the most of it has even more importance for me now. Thank you Yuval for opening my mind to a new way of thinking. The narrator - Derek Perkins is outstanding. Highly recommend.

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  • Karl Cassar
  • 12-02-18

An excellent book, by an equally excellent writer

an extremely interesting book one of the best I have read lately. The author does a great job of explaining various topics which are affecting the world today. Each chapter is dedicated to a topic and they are a very interesting Outlook on the problems affecting the world nowadays and also what will happen in the near future. the author does a great job of analysing each topic in depth and uses very easy to understand terminology to explain Concepts about artificial intelligence and their technologies which are affecting our world nowadays. It's a great eye opener for the things to come always from the perspective of the order. The book tends to have a bit of a sad note in my opinion all throughout however I extremely like his chapter on meditation and which is also the final chapter and it finishes with a positive outlook on the things on why we should analyse ourselves to understand better ourselves in the in the world which means soon living.

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  • Harold
  • 11-30-18

very interesting!

I am quite impressed the way that Harari shares his knowledge. I will read again.

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  • Vincent Abbosh
  • 11-30-18

AI fantasies

I loved Sapiens book. It was a fantastic work. Very informative and entertaining.
I didn't read Homo Deus yet. But after listening to this last book, I don't think I will.
This book is a total, unrealistic fantasy about AI, which not a surprise, as it is now a fashion for anyone who had vivid imagination to put some alarmist crap together in a book about AI and publish.
His idea of us being "hacked" is a total misuse of the word and misunderstanding of what AI is. If Amazon was able to recommend a few books to you that somehow fit your taste it doesn't mean that they Hacked you. Recommendation algorithms are a pure mathematical construction and it is very well understood, but not by the author obviously.
The author is a globalist and will rub that in your face in every chapter. Everything is a total fiction and social construct. Whether it is Nationalism, democracy, borders, courage, sacrifice .. they are all BS stories that we were brainwashed to believe in. What is very real for him seems to be the imminent danger of human induced Climate Change. Again, as in AI, tagging along the alarmists with total disregard to the complexity of the subject and the fact that climate models have not proved to be useful so far and there is no reason to consider it the "Greatest challenge" to humanity. This is environmental activism and not science..
And ... I hope he would stop calling his partner "my husband" ... as you are not a "wife" ... it is ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-18

satisfying

a book of revelations. historically relevant now and perhaps well into the future. mind fuck.