• Summary of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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  • Narrated by: Jeff Lechtanski
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From where did the world appear? 

Is the creation story true? 

Why is Man the way he is? 

Were there men before you and me? 

Would there be other species after you and me? 

Religion and politics: What is their origin? And why do they rule our world so strongly? 

Oh well! You might be in for a shocker! If you were told today that you come from a lineage of animals, and probably have some apes and chimpanzees as long-lost cousins, what would you think? If you knew that the creation story was just make-believe invented to control your world, what would you say? What if you were told that your species would one day come to an end? 

All of these and many more are the topics explored in Sapiens.

In the book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari discusses all you need to know about who you are and where you come from, and debunks the many myths that have lived with us until now. 

This book contains a comprehensive, well-detailed summary and key takeaways of the original book by Yuval Noah Harari. It summarizes the book in detail, to help people effectively understand and imbibe the original work by Noah. This book is not meant to replace the original book but to serve as a companion to it.

Contained are:

  • Executive summary of the original book 
  • Key points of each chapter and 
  • Brief chapter-by-chapter summaries

Disclaimer: This is a summary and review of the book Sapiens and not the original book.

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Dense book- Great to have a sweeping overview 1st


This book covers eons of time and a university worth of science & humanity topics - and draws many inflammatory, arguable and always interesting conclusions and connections. So I am glad I spent 2 hrs Getting an overview with helpful take-home points, before I dig deeper into the whole book.

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Compels, Provokes, Well Read, Some Awkward English

Compelling story. Once started, hard to stop.
Many fascinating, insightful, and even provocative points.
Mostly very well read (occasional hard to understand words).
Some colloquial English, presumably a matter of translation style, seemed awkward (throughout).
Overall: Well worth the time and money invested.

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“Tons of years ago.”

As much as I liked the subject and Harari’s story, I did not like the use of expressions such as “...tons of years ago” and similar ones with “tons of” this and that. I don’t remember this usage in the unabridged version.

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unsupported claim.

In chapter 15. The author presents an unsupported claim that European have concord the rest of the world for the sake of knowledge.!!

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Prospective

it's all about perspective on how you see things and how you want to see things. overall give it at 3 because the voice at the end sounds so robotic a little scary, the narrator killed it for me. made me not want to listen to the end.

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Sapiens Summary

Lots of information. Good summary of book if your idea is to listen to a Cliffs Notes type version.

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Powerful

I love the descriptive power and presentation of words in this book. it actually proofed a point about the man behind this book. found the detail explanation helpful and good recommendation for more to learn from as well.

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No more a tale!!!

This story about the sapiens and humanity have been to me like a tale.one i didn't take serious at any time until now that am faced with this book.

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Eye opener

Have been able to gain consciousness of myself as a human being. This books highlighted points from the original book on humanity. it tells you what you need to know and believe about humanity. I love the introduction and found the book a must for every human. recommended

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Transforming the mind

I was able to over come my fear over myself and humanity after going through this book. i was able to change my orientation and mindset about humanity. The fact that i went for the summary book doesn't mean i will not go for the original book too. its would be nice to have both books .

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  • Monica G
  • 01-21-19

information helpful

I studied this while in school but didn't get the depth of it all as this book shared it with me. its rich in content and information.

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  • Amna
  • 11-16-21

the narrator sounds dead inside

it was distracting how machine like tge narrator sounded. the book itself is excellent

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  • mrmalaya
  • 10-04-21

stuck between a rock and a hard place

I have been nagged to read this book (the full title) by so many family members that I hoped a cheeky 2 hour cheat would help.

If this is a summary of the original title, I didn't learn much and the awful use of English in this cut down version makes me think it was summarised by a non-English speaking teenager.

Well done to them for bothering to read the original book. I hope they got something out of the process.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-20

A lot of useful and information

The book itself is great and it's definitely worth it, but the narrator is emotionless and unnatural.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-19

Leftist incompetence causes harm

The book fails to explain the connection between certain historical and biological events. However it provides a very interesting view on the subject of happiness and where should we be looking.

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  • Eunice
  • 01-21-19

on point and well summarized

Just like so many other books i have stumbled on recently , i actually thought this was going to be half way but surprisingly this book is complete, on point and well summarized. recommended

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  • Samson
  • 01-21-19

An intelligent piece

This book is an intelligent piece. it has well written facts and can be said to one that will expose you to humanity if you haven't been exposed to facts about humankind. it was easy to read and understand.

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  • JP
  • 01-20-19

Man and its origin !!

Puzzled about man and its creation. This book discusses all who you are and where you come from. This book takes you to the truth about man. it provided a brief history on humankind.its origin and lot more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-19

its a summary

Wanted to read the original version, decided to test audible because i had a long driving trip ahead. 1/5 wouldnt recommend, seems like a dumbed down boring version of the original. Im really disappointed, i feel like the original book was spoiled for me and now i dont feel like reading it.

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  • Mordsith
  • 03-28-21

I loved it.

I just loved this little part to the bigger one. it's was eye opening and very enjoyable to listen to. I can't wait to read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-19

interesting concepts ... need to listen again

Bouced around, interested and great summary. Will need to listen again to fully grab the take ways