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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yuval Noah Harari Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one: homo sapiens—us. 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?

Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage … and our future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. 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

  • Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…Fascinating.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “It’s not often that a book offers readers the possibility to reconsider, well, everything. But that’s what Harari does in this sweeping look at the history of humans…Readers of every stripe should put this at the top of their reading lists. Thinking has never been so enjoyable.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An encyclopedic approach from a well-versed scholar who is concise but eloquent, both skeptical and opinionated, and open enough to entertain competing points of view…The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Writing with wit and verve, Harari…attempts to explain how homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth as well as the sole representative of the human genus…Provocative and entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for History
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greg | 10/3/2016

    " I loved this book and found the narration to be excellent. I travel a lot and have found audiobooks a great way to read while on the go. I actually find I listen better than I read. I focus better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Geoffrey | 8/15/2015

    " Outstanding audio book. This "brief" history digs deeper into human evolution than I have ever gotten into. Really cool subjects are covered. I feel better learned about our history after listening to this book. Only downside: On a long road trip I can only listen to about 30 minutes at a time before getting tired. The upside of that is that by spreading out the listening of this book I probably absorbed more and could have interesting dialogue with friends that were also listening to it. "

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