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Homo Deus Audiobook

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but as Harari explains in his trademark style - thorough yet riveting - famine, plague, and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals put together. The average American is 1,000 times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times best seller, Harari maps out our future.

©2017 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Derek Perkins narrates the audiobook with an authentic excitement that engages listeners... Science enthusiasts will undoubtedly devour this audiobook, while others may wish Perkins had taught their high school science class." (AudioFile)

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 02-22-17
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 02-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun But With A Couple O' Caveats--"

    The only reason I'm not giving this a 5-star rating for the story is because this might not be what you think it's going to be. I thought it was going to be a more humane version of something like Michio Kaku's "Physics of the Future."
    Nooooooot quite...
    First of all, I had a blast listening to "Homo Deus". Harari is a sublime writer, oh so humorous and wry, and Derek Perkins is flawless in his delivery.
    But let me say: I haven't read/listened to "Sapiens", but I think this book might have quite a bit of the same text/situations. After all, Harari himself says you might've heard it before, but one has to know how we got from point A all the way to where we are now. This happens fairly frequently throughout the book. For me, that's no problem: It was engaging, enlightening, entertaining through and through.
    Then there's the fact that there's not a whole lot of time given to what may happen in the future. Sure, plague, famine, war and all that have been made manageable and now we're seeking immortality, bliss, and divinity... but, uhm, how exactly? Harari makes a few suggestions, and you get soooo tantalizingly close to some pretty mind-blowing ideas, but then he pulls back and Wham! "From a historical perspective," "in the past," "back in the days of the Crusades," stuff like that. Back to how we got here.
    Okay, that said, this is an utterly delightful book that explains humanism, liberalism, Data-ism, any kind of ism you ever wanted to know about in a profound and witty way. You'll hear about nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence. If you like religious studies, history of all kinds, some light science, this is for you. If you want to know why Millennials are the way they are, why the election went the way it did (Facebook, my friends), why we're into a whole new world with new economic, ecological outlooks, this book is for you.
    And if you want to wind up questioning EVERYthing you've ever believed about ANYthing, go for it.
    And if you want to look at animals in a different light from this day forward?
    Harari's got that too...

    85 of 93 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 02-28-17
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Realist's View of our Future Reality"

    I really liked Harari's previous work, Sapiens. A lot. But, holy crap, where did this come from??!

    This book is so expansive, so entertaining, so prescient, and so crammed with refreshing wisdom that I don't even know where to begin!

    I'll start by saying this is one of the top three modern philosophical EPICS of our time. It paints a future that is not only believable, but -for the most part - unavoidable. Its common sense anecdotes are insightful, which seems like an oxymoron at first, but makes sense when you really think about it. Like Jerry Seinfeld, Harari has a way of making you see reality through a lens that you never knew existed before; or maybe you knew it existed, but were always too afraid to hold it up to your iris.

    Everyone should read this book. I don't say that lightly, either. EVERYONE. It will make you see reality differently. And, at the end of the day, any book that can do that is WELL WORTH your time!

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-25-17
    Michael 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Evolutionary Experience"

    First Sapiens, then this back to back. I feel like I transversed into a new era of man like in the ending sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Life changing work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DRG Lost Angeles 03-02-17
    DRG Lost Angeles 03-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Mandatory reading"

    As other reviewers have noted, the third part of this book is the most impressive. The first 40% of the book felt like a "... last time, in sapiens ..." rehashing, but it's welcomed and genuinely different from sapiens. The latter half of the book is new, engaging and absolutely brilliant. Harari is an entertaining writer and his synthesis of information is concise and easy to follow. I imagine 10 years from now this book will appear as click bait (or whatever equivalent we then have) saying "This is the book that predicted it all."

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin 03-02-17
    Dustin 03-02-17
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    "Modern relevance"

    Love unfolding a great bridge between non-fiction and sci-fi. Unique take on a dystopian future. Strong points, 10/10 would recommend

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-03-17
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "More Human than Human (8x)"

    “Every day millions of people decide to grant their smartphone a bit more control over their lives or try a new and more effective antidepressant drug. In pursuit of health, happiness and power, humans will gradually change first one of their features and then another, and another, until they will no longer be human.”
    ― Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

    Harari takes us, with this continuation to his blockbuster book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, from the past to the future. This book shares a lot of the same limitations of the previous book. But because "speculation" is inherent in writing about the future, Harari's jumps are easier to forgive when talking about tomorrow than when talking about today.

    I'm a diabetic and have an insulin pump and I've thought of myself, only partially in jest, as a early, unsophisticated, cyborg the last ten years. I walk around with my iphone plugged into my ears, my artificial pancreas plugged into my thigh, my sensor for my pump plugged into my stomach. It isn't very neat. We have miles to go before all of this technology becomes aesthetically amazing, and loses all the wires and clunky functionality, but it still gives me pause about the future. My friend's Tesla drives by itself, big data seems able to predict what I will buy next, my smart phone really is smart. Perhaps we are all surfing towards some Omega Point.

    I have a friend who is a Transhumanist and it has been interesting to hear him discuss the values and virtues of Transhumanism. I'm a little more hesitant. I'm no Luddite, but I DO worry about these big technological/cultural/commercial shifts. Will technology make Homo Sapiens the next Homo Neanderthalensis? Will these gains through AI, technology, genetic modification, etc., be well-thought-out? Harari hedges by saying he doesn't know what the future brings (If he did, perhaps we should just join his church), but is only using this discussion to suggest the type of ethical and moral and even survival discussions we SHOULD probably be having. As we incrementally crawl towards some form of technological singularity, perhaps we need to give pause to not just the benefits, but costs of self-driving cars and sex robots.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Lechtenberg 09-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting ideas by assuming intellectual"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Great book for anyone who is anti-God and supports giving up all privacy in the quest for machines to take over the planet and reduce humans to animals.


    What could Yuval Noah Harari have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Author was obsessed with beating up religion and God, in particular Christianity and Judaism. Obsessed. Proof of no soul is that 21st century science can't find it. Please give all of your darkest secrets and day-to-day life to Google so they can write algorithms to run your life for you. The constant propping up of Liberalism as the only intelligent way to think about the world was a bit intense.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness in how many people will read this book and lap it up. Probably about every 2 minutes of listening I wanted to pause and argue with the author about ignoring key evidence contrary to the presented evidence and discuss how they could draw some of the conclusions they did.


    Any additional comments?

    The first 5 hours of the book and the last 5 hours of the book are the best. They do present some really interesting ideas and are worth listening to, if just to be exposed to them.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Kovgan 03-22-17
    M. Kovgan 03-22-17
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    "good thoughts and pondering. liked it much."

    the book needs not much of a comment, although if you're too deep into religious dogma, it may be challenging to look at some subjects of the book from writer's perspective.

    I was afraid a bit it's yet another sequel a lá "rambo#4".
    but it's been self sufficient and interesting, no regrets.

    if we start looking at the "material covered" in both popular books by Mr. Harari, the first one, interesting as it may be, is not a prerequisite to understand this one.

    so you are free to read only one, in either order, or both, like I have.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ilva Banka-okorie 03-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love love this book. Recommend to everyone."

    One of the best book I have ever read. And I have read a lot of books. It is so deep and reasonable that it is scary. Author has amazing ability to analyse us, world.
    Opens up our horizont by millions miles.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-01-17
    Michael 09-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "very interesting ideas to ponder"

    the most interesting part of the book to me was the big regarding studies about the separate counts of the brain and how people behave when they have become disconnected. Entire book is a very interesting and thought-provoking the most of the issues worth pondering have a scope that exists well outside the lifetime of a human being.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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