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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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Amazin... Don't be scared of the future

Don't be scared of the future instead invest in your present as Mr Harari suggested in the end, a life changing book

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Awesome as always

This book gives you more insight into Harari's always interesting view of the world, it also gives you a window into the person behind the thoughts. A brave book that might anger many as it makes their favorite fictions harder to believe

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Probably one of the most important books of the ti

The 21st century is a confusing place. Good/evil, right/left, digital/analogue, there are so many stories to choose from. This book gives insight in the stories in the clearest most convincing manner I've read to date.

Read (listen) to it and make up your own mind.

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enlightening!

must read/listen for every person who likes to know about civilization. the book goes beyond his 1st 2 books.

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Another masterpiece from Yuval Hariri

The story drew from his earlier books connecting history and future.
Although the topic of AI could have gotten more attention it was a great ride with many outbursts of loud laughter (listening while driven has also it’s good sides)
The performance from Derek Perkins was outstanding, for me on of the very best on audible

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Amazing

If you want to know more about sapiens as a species, as well as your self. This is a must read!!

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reality will hit us like a brick wall

tougher than Homo Deus, I will hit a nerve with any listener, as you look forward to what humanity becomes in the 3rd millennium.

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Bringing humanity down a peg :0

I like how Yuval is on a journey and asks questions rather than providing answers. I’ve found its helped me understand myself better and defined for me what my world view is. He is quite cynical and I found myself smiling often and occasionally LOL which is odd for such a dry book. It will ruffle your feathers if you’re religious but it’s not true belief if you have not doubt. The book gives me the impression that I’m a speck of dust to be blown away by the winds of time. Look forward to reading it again.

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Amazing

Easy to listen, goes on the flow. Once again, great book.. Thank you Noah Harari

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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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  • Mounzer
  • 09-12-18

Magnificent writing

After listening to Sapiens and Homo Deus, dealing with the past and speculating on the future, I was hoping for a third book that would tackle the present. A great finale to a masterfully written trilogy. Thank you mr. Harari.

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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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  • 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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  • MB
  • 09-18-18

Excellent Insight once more.

The combination of Harari's genius and Perkins' delivery is first class. It is a companion piece to Sapians and Homo Deus which must be heard first but I still enjoyed every word.

There are some brave observations, moments that made me laugh out loud as well as profoundly disturbing and moving moments.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fattaneh N.
  • 10-13-18

Amazing book

This book was amazing. It gives a great insight into what might be in the future

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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
  • 10-09-18

Eveyone should read this book!

Yuvall Noah Harrai never fails to give me anxiety about the human race but in the best way possible.
Great ending to such an insightful book.

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  • Lisa
  • 10-08-18

Lesson 22 - Read this book

This book is a highly and easily accessible look into/observation of different ways of being and thinking.
It seems a very timely gift reminding us – well, at least me – to “know thyself“ >> before it’s too late... as a Futurist Harari provides us with many provocations on which to meditate.

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  • Yehoshua
  • 10-07-18

Essential reading for thinkers

This book answers all our questions about coping with a world that is changing at an insane pace. It offers sound advice on avoiding the negative effects of living in the age of dataism.

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  • Kyle
  • 10-04-18

Another great book

As you would expect from Yuval Noah Harari, this book is another brilliantly written, thought provoking piece of literature.