• Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (670 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

National best seller.

New York Times best seller.

Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one.

Us.

Homo Sapiens.

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the Earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: Our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

©2017 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best seller. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!" (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday)
" Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration...Harari's writing radiates power and clarity." ( The Sunday Times)

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Outstanding!

Destined to become a classic. A must read for every person on the planet. Looking forward to reading his other books.

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Sapien - a great work!

I really enjoyed the whole experience of both listening to the narrator and the material itself. it filled in. a lot of gaps in things I've pondered for many years.

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Historical option fiction?

I thought this was a science book but infact it is more of a historical fiction with options and no references. The reader for the book was very good though.

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Brilliant

An all encompassing look at mankind where we came from and where we can go to. Cleverly insightful and thoroughly engrossing.

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self indulgent pseudoscience

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but then descends into navel gazing and sophistry
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Listening to the audiobook following along with the hard copy and discovering that the facts are different in each one.. mostly numeral so far.. just confusing to which one is correct??

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gods without purpose

great story about the rise of the homosapiens species. It ends with the prediction of our coming God like status. It the question proposed is it is what do we want to become?

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Breathtaking

The breadth of this book is staggering. It goes over old and new concepts with an objective approach that's never stale or boring. It's a long read, but the quality of the writing and narration makes it a breeze. Will be reading again, and again. Wow!

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thought provoking

A well written book and the performance of the speaker makes it even better. Thought provoking as the title states. Illuminated new ways to think about modern problems and ancient history at the same time. highly recommended.

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As a species, How we become ourselves.

One of my favorites books. It has some polemic topics that will not be taken easily by anyone, but if anything, it will challenge see you things differently, which is always a good exercise. Sapiens explains the journey of the human race, pointing 3 revolutions. When we became "Smart", The Cognitive Revolution. The Agricultural Revolution, when we start massively cultivating crops. And the Scientific Revolution when we developed the scientific method to clear the path from our biased limitations and forward our species. Furthermore, Yuval presents a vision of belief. The power of shared fictions. From Money to Religion. How we go about, collectively, believing things and why this was so important for differentiating ourselves from other species.

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