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4.73 out of 54.73 out of 54.73 out of 54.73 out of 54.73 out of 5 4.73 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yuval Noah Harari Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781494576905
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One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 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

  • Harari is provocative and entertaining. Publishers Weekly
  • “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 Brian | 4/20/2017

    " One of the best books I have ever come across. I have been through it 3 times now and still find it fascinating. It is a wonderful insight into us as a species and should be a must read for anyone. I highly recommend this book, even if you do not think you are a fan of history books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 4/20/2017

    " It's an amazing achievement what have we humans done so far. But reading this book will teach you that it came with a price for an entire ecosystem and it will help you better understand series of present day occurrences by knowing that they are rooted deep down in our ancestry. "

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 SW | 4/1/2017

    " Although the narration could be a bit pompous at times, this was an enlightening and sometimes wickedly funny journey about humans told from a very interesting perspective. I laughed out loud several times. Harari shows us how environment changes culture and vice versa. Stories, myths and archetypes give meaning to human lives, but homo sapiens may be on the demise with the advent of artificial intelligence. Our intelligence, hypocrisy and greed are a pretty bad combo, and the author goes to many lengths explaining that for all of mankind's achievements, we are probably less happy as a whole, compared to back when we were nomadic hunter gatherers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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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About the Author

Yuval Noah Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002 and is now a lecturer in the department of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in world history, medieval history, and military history, and his current research focuses on macrohistorical questions. Harari twice won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality, and he has also won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles in military history. In 2012 he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences. He has published numerous books and articles, including Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100–1550 and The Ultimate Experience.

About the Narrator

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has narrated numerous titles across a wide range of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, comedy, history, and nonfiction. He has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration.