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The Awakened Ape

A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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What secrets do Amazonian tribes, Himalayan hermits, and enlightened monks know about health and happiness that have been lost to the world today?

In The Awakened Ape, Jevan Pradas uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body to answer the question: "How can we enjoy life to the fullest?" The results, while unexpected, are completely backed by science.

Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued, and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation. A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be.

You will learn how to meditate-from instructions for the absolute beginner to techniques for deep states of ecstasy and awakening; how to eat the optimally healthy diet for both physical and mental health; how to train the attention span so you can be focused and efficient all day long; how to exercise so that is fun, enjoyable, and something you look forward to; how to get rid of the habit of negative thinking in just one week; how to live like a caveman in the modern world in order to get the most out of your genetics; how to properly go to the bathroom (yes, you have been doing it wrong); and much, much, more....

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Comprehensive, worth reading

Lots Of anthropological tidbits, as well as good mind bio hacks. Some stuff debatable but overall good perspective

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I found this book refreshingly witty

The book is giving a new perspective on the impact of evolution on the modern days' life. Worth listening!

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loved it, one of the best of it's type.

I've listened to a lot of books about evolutionary psychology and this is one of the best!

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Fought through early

Fought through early- but really interesting final chapters. Some great gems in here. Worth the read.

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Worth Your Time

I enjoy Jevan’s book and I appreciate all the questions it raises for me about how I live and what aspects of life I am not fully introspective investigated.

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Our future lies in a return to natural life

Our future happiness is wrapped in returning to natural modern practices that will help us live meaningful lives. Jevan Pradas has brought together science and ancient practices to create a guide for the living in harmony with our essential nature. An incredible book that has changed my life. Thank you Jevan

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author is a small minded bigot

the way this guy talks about overweight people is evidence of the fact that he cannot possibly be a deep thinker. thoughtless and insulting. I wouldnt read a book by a blatant racist and I won't read this BS either.

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  • Zen Bob
  • 07-30-18

Unfulfilled potential

The first half of the book focused very much on hunter/gatherer society and the disconnect experienced between those and our contemporary western experience and lifestyle. A range of cross-cultural examples drawn from a variety of tribes to illustrate this were provided which provided much food for thought and indicators as to our life and health could be improved. Having said this there was little focus on the life expectancy in hunter/gatherer society and so there was a degree of imbalance and the majority of aspects of our western lifestyles were seen as negative with no reference to any positives. There was interest in the tribal examples cited but after these the book seemed to focus on mindfulness and Buddhism and how meditation can help us daily. Not such a bad thing but I have read other authors who have done this in a more coherent and integrated manner. As I came to the closing chapters, I felt that what we had here was yet another self-help book rebranded with the trendy new descriptor of a 'bio-hackers' guide. To summarise: a promising start which did not fulfill its initial potential for the reasons stated. By the closing sections this bio-hacking approach left me feeling 'hacked off' and was dragging out concepts over many chapters which could have been examined in far fewer.

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  • Martyn H
  • 08-01-18

Waste of money

Poorly read, and poorly edited (lots of changes in volume where pieces have been added).
The book itself taught me nothing apart from there are tribes that don’t live like modern people. Wow! How insightful. A total waste of money.

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  • mark worthington
  • 07-14-18

My Awakened ape !

Top draw listen a revelation! I think I finally get what it’s all about !
A very useful tool for helping you to get past all the bullshit in life and finally start living!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

Enlightening life changer

Completely gave me a new outlook on life back by logic and science and I am blessed to have cane across such a book.

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  • The Lost Clansman
  • 10-26-18

You are going to die.

Much better and easier to digest than first anticipated. Well worth the listen. Even if you don't get the meditation aspect, it's still an interesting perspective on the concept of obtaining contentment in life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-18

Informative and practical

A combination of science and practical steps to be at peace with oneself. Everything this in our head, everything is also not real and nothing matters... yet we still need to work and take the kids to school... this book helps us to appreciate what we have. Life is a brief journey. I tried the meditation, it is difficult. If I can improve on the that then all the other problems will be reduced. Definitely a thought provoking and enjoyable listen.

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  • Jase
  • 07-11-18

posibly the best book i have ever heard!

this book opens your eyes to connections between spirituality, fitness, and lifestyle with a touch of science but what is all this if it is the same but nothing at all? Listen to this to become what you were intended to be!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

Great, except for author’s anecdotes

Great book, great factual content for anyone who works in an office and are wondering why they despise it.

However, I found the author’s personal stories on ‘hook ups’ and success with women rather cringey

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  • Melanie Griffin
  • 07-24-18

BRILLIANT, pure and simple

Informative, thought-provoking , beautiful , humorous, thought- surpassingly necessary! Listen to this book. Then listen to it again...

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  • Edward Pugh
  • 09-17-18

Embarrassingly bad

My brother and I started listening to this book on a long car journey. I’ve read lots of books on related subjects and this is just gimicky trash. We actually laughed repeatedly at how bad it is. If you’re actually interested in these subjects, look elsewhere.

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  • Rafael Scapella
  • 10-08-18

Great book.

Life-changing insights (if put into action). It's the sort of audiobook I want to listen to again.