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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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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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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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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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many moments of truth pop up in this book. probably one of the best book every written. If you have read the forst two, Homo sapiens and Homo Deus, you might find the start of this as remake of the first two. but it gets much more interesting afterwards

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Don't binge listen to Harari's books

I started this book right after finishing Homo Deus and Sapiens, so a lot of the information in this book was repetitive.

But still, jaw dropping information! The whole book is truly eye-opening. Also loved the narrators voice.

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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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Phenomenal book!

Navigate our world today and being prepared and able to shape the world of tomorrow

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21 super lessons written by a great author!

Yuval does it again, it's not a Sapiens or Homo Deux it's more brought, but damn it's still great.

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A must read book!

He is nailing it again.
A great inspiration for the modern open minded people of our time.

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Great insight into our society

Harari gives interesting hints to better understand our world with 360 view on the hot topics (e.g. technology, politics, etc.)

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My favorite Harari title

This is the best of the books by Hariri, at least for me, some real interesting questions and insights on what the future might have in store for us.
Great book.

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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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  • 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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  • Doug
  • 09-15-18

Hard and Necessary

Like homo deus, really tough to hear the well reasoned thoughts about the coming and present world. Not one to pick up when feeling fragile with the world but if you can handle the truth then you are entirely more likely to read it here than in a POTUS tweet ;-)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Felcia
  • 03-13-19

great

another eye opening book for me. like his other books, it's bit controversial so only suitable for an open reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

Must read

Awesome read with a very novel and unique view of the world. I've read all 3 of his books and love them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-19

A natural progression from Sapiens to this

Narration, like Sapiens (same guy) was excellent. The thought behind the points as sharp as Sapiens, although if there was one thing missing it was the practical. That said, anyone who has listened to it would say it's ironic to ask for a practical lesson from a book which largely exposes do/do nots as a core reason of human suffering.

Very much recommend, eye opening and has given me much food for thought.

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  • Richard
  • 03-08-19

Absolutely brilliant.

I now need to buy and read this excellent insight into humanity. The last chapter came as a complete surprise. Having analysed the 21 lessons I now need to understand my mind, and my motivation for living. Even though scientists know a little how the brain works it knows virtually nothing about the mind. Despite everything that the author has written in the previous chapters make absolute sense. This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians and leaders. Finally, the book is not about dogma or religion. It is just about common sense.