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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Yuval Noah Harari

Narrated By: Derek Perkins

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: August 2017

Duration: 15 hours 18 minutes


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.


  • Andrew T


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Agnes K

    It added new points of views to my understanding about humankind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Lynn S

    Starts out as an impressive, factual read but as it progresses unto more modern times the author can't resist interjecting biased views.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Rashid Y.

    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)

  • Ted E.

    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!

  • Joel S.

    Excellent. - wonderful read

  • Daniel V.

    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.

  • Richard B.

    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.

  • Todd

    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.

  • Rodrigo S

    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?

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