Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Written By: Yuval Noah Harari

Narrated By: Derek Perkins

Date: April 2015

Duration: 15 hours 18 minutes


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What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going.


'Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth' Barack Obama

'Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read' Chris Evans

'Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity' Sunday Times

'It altered how I view our species and our world' Guardian

'Startling... It changes the way you look at the world' Simon Mayo

'I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species' Bill Gates

©2011 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2015 Penguin Audio


  • Tatiana S.

    I wish for every human to know this stuff, to have the chance to take a look at our the bigger story of our lives from distance. This book puts history at the service of the present and future. Not only through organized information but through raising awareness and questions about our reality as species. It offers us a perspective to better understand our selves and the world we live in. Harari is definitely one great thinker of our time. I'm grateful to him and inspired by his work. The narrator also did mostly a great job. Thank you !

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Teri M

    Excellent narration, very informative and thought provoking.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Samantha P

    thought provoking I loved every minute of it and the narrator did an excellent job

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Zbigniew P.

    Inspiring and marvelous journey through humankind history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Billy L

    Amazing book with great, mind-blowing insights to human history and the modern world. Definitely would recommend everyone to read this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ramya K

    Easy to understand and very thought provoking. The narration is excellent making the experience even more enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Peter C

    Thought provoking, reads well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • James R.

    What a fantastic book. Everyone should know the history of our species. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brian B

    Great read (listen). A great perspective on history and life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Alison S

    The author fantastically managed to sweed across thousands of years of human history, always keeping the present day relevance in sight. The writing itself was absolutely matched by some really great narration, 100% recommend this to everyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anishay R

    One of the most intensely thought provoking books I have ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris M

    Great listening and narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ray U

    Excellent narration by Derek Perkins of Yuval Noah Hararis "brief history of everything". A great starting point for those who wish to delve deeper into anyting form the crusades to artificial intelligence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rob W

    Impeccable thought process informed by impeccable research

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessica W.

    I’m not pretending to understand this book entirely- however, I enjoyed trying to. Loved the history element of this book.

  • Anonymous

    So predictable. Author does not believe in God, but think he IS god. "Humans are now hackable animals". "Free-will is now OVER" "What are we going to do with all these useless people?" etc etc coming from Klaus Scwab chief advisor

  • Anonymous

    Opportunity to better understand who we are and why we are as we are. So many implications for the future

  • David O.

    Brilliant and captivating. Extremely well researched account of the history of human kind in all its glory and indeed gory detail.

  • Gjermund G.

    Wow. This is truly a mindbuster. Being quite open minded already, this still gives me the chills and some existential anxiety. I think it might be considered outrageously blasphemous for many, but from the authors perspective just honest and not deluded. Concepts thought of as almost natural laws by atheistic minds will still be shattered. I loved it as much as I still fear it. Ps. Not recommended for the feeble mind, but recommended for all nonetheless.

  • Oliver L.

    a new one of the best books I've ever read the most interesting but about human history human behaviour and how we evolved put alien

  • Marina A.

    Learned so much. Thought provoking. Excellent.

  • Harish G.

    The book is very informative but it's like a research paper, I would have preferred it to be like weaved like an interesting story so that I could have got my daughter to hang on to it but I don't think it's catchy enough to hold children's attention.

  • Michael S.

    The most powerful book I’ve read in at least the past decade. It changes your perspectives!

  • Violeta O.

    such captivating writing so so interesting it is a philosophical book as much a historical one

  • Eva D.

    Astonishing book, extremely well written and narrated. An eye opener.

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic and intriguing! Great narrator as well.

  • Peter M.

    This book should be a compulsory read. The narrator did a great job!

  • Mohammed A.

    Just finished Sapiens it is very intelligently written and is very informative. Highly recommend it for Muslims esp those on the frontiers. Our next biggest challenge is to guard against the wave of pseudo-religion like unregulated Capitalism and theatrical based science (not facts). If this is the best the writer could do and if this is held in such high regard by the Atheist then … this only strengthen my faith.... Here are some problems in it that I found He explains well how molecules are form and how they comes together after The Big Bang, but very quickly passes over them becoming organisms... Without explaining how life comes from a collection of amino acid. Huh? Later he does the same with conscience. Although his arguments about inherent morality is a good one ( Ashari aqheeda wins one) He does well to describe Agricultural Revolution after Hunter-Gather stage and presents some very plausible theories. However, he does not stay in his lane when he confuses cultural Muslims with textual Islam. There were many cases where the writer speaks truth about the atrocities done by Muslim empires but he should not bundle mistakes of men with the belief. Eg, the writer says, that the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) began his religious career by condemning his fellow Arabs for living in ignorance of the divine truth. Yet Muhammad (pbuh) himself very quickly began to argue that he knew the full truth, and his followers began calling him ‘the Seal of the Prophets’. Henceforth, there was no need of revelations beyond those given to Muhammad (pbuh). This is less than honest description of the concept. We know that Muhammad (pbuh) did not argue that he knew the full truth of the everyday Dania (Worldly matters). On the contrary, he, in many cases, asked others to do what they knew best regarding the worldly matters, for instance The narration in Sahih Muslim is as follows: After arriving in Medina, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) passed by some people who were fecundating some date palms, so he asked them what they were doing. When they told him, he said, “I don’t think that will provide any benefit,” or in another narration, “It would be better if you didn’t do that.” So they refrained from doing it, and that year the crop was not as good. They mentioned it to him (peace and blessings be upon him), and he replied: “I am only a human: if I command you to do something in your religion, then take it; but if I tell you to do something based on personal opinion, then [realize] that I am only human,” and in another narration, “Yet if I inform you of something from Allah, then do it, for indeed I will never convey an untruth on behalf of Allah Mighty and Majestic,” and in yet another narration, “You know better of your worldly affairs.” and The Prophet, (S), said: “I am a human being. You come to me as litigants. Perhaps, one of you is better in presenting his argument than the other and I decide in his favour according to what I have heard. If I have decided anything for someone from the rights of his brother, he should not take it for I have portioned for him a portion of the Hell fire.” Bukhari -Volume 3, Book 43, Number 638 : Overall good book.

  • Anonymous

    Fascinating. Enlightening.

  • bytorphoto

    Very informative, fascinating subject, but a bit of a slow subject. Really enjoyed it though. Worth the “read”.

  • Anonymous

    Well written, well read! Thought provoking, and a fascinating take on life. I loved it.

  • Mark W.

    Certainly makes you reassess perspectives and how a fleeting 'humans' have actually been around....

  • Andrew B.

    Pretentious dross. Most of the content is either unoriginal and pretty obvious or unsubstantiated theory. Don't be taken in by the hype.

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