Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Version: Unabridged
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Science & Technology
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: November 2017
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

New York Times Bestseller
A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution-a #1 international bestseller-that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human."
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?
Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

Reviews (12)

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Written by David R. on July 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Interesting book, I was more interested in the early history of humans vs the modern segments but overall I was intrigued with the majority of the book.

Written by Rashid Y. on April 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

the narrator is very monotonous and distanced, a bit like blinkist narrators. as for the book, i didn't learn much from it, its not bad, it has a logical flow and tries to challenge some things that were common understanding 10 years ago. but somehow the ideas have become so mainstream that there is nothing new left in the book. altogether, as a audiobook with this narrator, its a great sleeping aid (i mean it in a positive way)

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Written by Ted E. on December 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you are looking for new insights on the development of our species and are not afraid to have your old perceptions challenged, then this is a brilliant tome. As a previous critic wrote, everyone's ox get gored here. Great details and good fun and fodder for the open mind!

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Written by Joel S. on December 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent. - wonderful read

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Written by Daniel V. on November 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is so chock full of facts and insights that I have to listen to it again. It is brilliant and informative. Great read.

Written by Richard B. on November 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a perfect read to follow up Jered Diamond's books. Homo Deus is sold separately but imo they are 2 halves of the same great book.

Terrific

Written by Todd on April 14th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If an alien from another planet stopped by, studied earth and reported on what he found to his fellows he would likely produce something quite similar to this book. If you want an objective view of sapiens and the how and why of our rise to prominence this is the book for you. If you are easily offended, especially when your particular "ox" or belief system is gored then either brace yourself or avoid this book entirely. I found the subject material fascinating and although I disagreed with some of his points, enlightening. I highly recommend this book.

*REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Written by Rodrigo S on February 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I listened to the book very attentively until after I listened to the author\'s critique of the American Consitution. Mr. Harari stresses the importance of rationality as the benchmark for understanding the evolution of thinking. Mr. Harari chooses the American Constitution as a topic of discussion and alleges the lack of fairness in face of the institution of slavery when it was enacted; Mr. Harari treatment of the topic comes short of examining the Founding Fathers personal positions regarding the institution, therefore, it is dishonest and discredits his work. Mr. Harari chooses to inject the concept of fairness, which he rejected as not relevant to his work, on this particular instance of Human History, a very personal perspective on a very broad topic, to insidiously condemn the most influential political experiment in Human history. After reflecting on it for a few days I choose to stop listening to the book. How could I have trusted the author to have been honest afterward?

Written by Lelia C on February 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

As another reviewer stated, the book started out in what appeared to be a factual manner, but then devolved into rather sexist hypotheses about the “natural” order of men being in charge of human society. He couldn’t seem to fathom why, in the last century, the status quo between the sexes has shifted so dramatically, given the rest of human history. He never once mentioned female control over reproduction with the advent of reliable birth control and the massive impact that had in freeing women to time reproduction, or skip it entirely. Apparently, he only learned about half of human history. Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore and stopped listening.

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Written by Andrew T on December 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful

Author Details

Author Details

Harari, Yuval Noah

Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. Sapiens has been translated into 26 languages, and has already become an international bestseller in the UK, Spain, Slovenia, Taiwan, and Israel.