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Humans

A Brief History of How We F--ked It All Up
Narrated by: Nish Kumar
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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An exhilarating journey through the most creative and catastrophic f--k ups in human history, from our very first ancestor falling out of that tree to the most spectacular fails of the present day. Perfect for fans of Sarah Knight and Giles Milton. 

This is Humans.

In the 70,000 years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we've come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we're real winners. But, frankly, it's not exactly been plain sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we've managed to really, truly, quite unbelievably f--k things up. 

From Chairman Mao's Four Pests Campaign to the sinking of the Titanic; from the American Dustbowl to the world's leading superpower electing a reality TV mogul as President...it's pretty safe to say that, as a species, we haven't exactly grown wiser with age. 

So next time you think you've really f--ked up, this book will remind you: it could be so much worse....

©2018 Tom Phillips (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Deeply troubling, but humorously told.

we should spend more time learning from history, rather than charging headfirst into the mistakes of the future. Well written, excellent performance and well researched. Listen, think and learn.

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Highly enjoyable

Brilliant choice of narrator. Very interesting book: it will be interesting to see how the future of the world plays out now that we’ve been effectively warned that if we continue doing what we’re doing, we will not have learnt anything from history.

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Brilliant!!

This book is brilliant, a must listen. Very well written and narrated. Finished it in 3 days as could not stop listening to it.

10/10, best book I have listened to this year.

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A must read!

A bit pessimist, but hey. Fucking up is what humans do. And we are so good at it.

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Awful. Deplorably bad. Cynical rant.

Author takes some interesting historic factoids and uses them to rant about "what a bunch of idiots" did throughout history. The narrator is straight from a late night UK comedy club. This book shows how to look at history through a sneering cynical lens. I should have guessed from the title, but for some reason I was expecting humourous insights rather that sneering cynicism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-19

Taught me more than school..

This title is simply fantastic, and the first audiobook that I have ever gone back to listen over. The storytelling throughout each chapter is easy to follow with comedic moments every couple of paragraphs. Most importantly, I took so many facts away from it, admittedly they are facts that I will never have a need for but it keeps my parents happy to know that my knowledge bank is still growing! The narrator can get a little over excited at times, I found myself telling him to 'chill out' from time to time, particularly when he was narrating a part around Hitler... Overall, a fantastic listen and very much worth the 6 and a half hours of anyone's time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-16-19

Thoroughly enjoying & engrossing

This was such an enjoyable listening experience... Both informative and entertaining at the same time... There is so much truth in the title and contents of this book and the human race as a whole should sit up and take notice...

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  • Samantha cross
  • 09-29-19

Great listen

Both informative and funny , great narrative. I would highly recommend this book for a n entertaining listen

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  • Ravi.S
  • 09-18-19

An easy and thought provoking listen.

Nish Kumar's narration makes this a very enjoyable journey through the ages. One genuinely shouldn't be laughing out loud at how we've f*cked up this planet and continue to do so but there are some bits you can afford a hearty laugh without any guilt.

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  • William
  • 09-12-19

Fun but serious

An entertaining drive-by of where humanity has screwed up despite the best intentions and plans.
Behind the flippancy there is a sound basis of fact. A salutary and sane laugh at our vanities.

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  • Sam Allen
  • 08-23-19

Entertaining and perfectly/hilariously narrated!

A hilarious set of stories about how homo Sapiens has failed in history, and all perfectly narrated by Nish Kumar. I wasn't expecting to finish this as quickly as I did, but it's hard to stop listening! Lost of hilarious mistakes, from drunken battalions to misjudged, hubristic diplomacy. Nish kumars narration really makes this book.

Would love to see another book or two of this type, on similar subject matter, or even a podcast too!

More of this please Tom Philips, I loved it!

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  • Danielle
  • 07-26-19

Extremely engaging and interesting

Although the content is interesting and entertaining in its own right, the writing style truly makes it a fun read. On top of that the narration compliments the style extremely well. I've already added Phillips' next book to my wishlist, and I hope Kumar narrates it again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-19

Excellent

Great book. Interesting and thought provoking stories that are well written and excellently narrated. So well narrated in fact that I was glad I didn't have the time to read it my self

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  • HS
  • 07-08-19

It's very English

It's a pretty good book which made me laugh and taught me a few interesting anecdotes from the past. Due to my very poor lack of geography knowledge I had to search a few things but this just sparks desire to learn more. Lots of profanity but it just made me laugh because this book is so English.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

Fun, Interesting facts but a little superficial

Some bits are super funny and in general most of the facts are interesting but it lacks deeper thinking and sometimes you feel the description of a f*ck up is quite superficial

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  • T. Ellam
  • 09-01-19

Brilliant

Excellent account with a wide ranging coverage of history. Kumar’s narration is on point and fits the dry and sarcastic tone of this book. Loved it and thoroughly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-19

just read it

fantastic book, I learnt a lot of new things and slowly lost all faith in humanity. read it and have a great time.