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Incredible book, but... Review by ALBERTO PENHOS
He makes certain assumptions to build the narrative that are not necessarily true. The speculative may be confused with science. Beware!!

(Posted on 7/2/2019)
First half was great Review by Orchidsand
The first half of this book was very interesting and I enjoyed it immensely. The second half has some interesting points but overall was rather boring.

(Posted on 6/2/2019)
Sweeping conclusions but well written and arranged Review by 0rton
This is obviously a topic too deep and voluminous to fit into a single book but it's my opinion the author does a reasonably good job of it. I felt, however, that the author submitted too many sweeping conclusions, by drawing causal links between observations of behavior and their underlying psychological motivation. This was also true of the author's claims as to the cause of extinction of megafauna during the Stone Age. These sorts of firm declarations were unnecessary in most cases, and in others were simply wrong, despite being the conventionally accepted wisdom on the subject matter. A more speculative tone and approach on the author's part might have been more engaging to the reader, and honestly a more accurate assessment of our true understanding of things. Despite that, the work was a worthwhile read that did and excellent job of encapsulating one of the broadest topics imaginable. Readers will walk away with at least a general concept of our origins, with details on the ingredients that made up the eventual survival success story of humans.

(Posted on 5/31/2019)
Should be required reading Review by Blue Zion
Part science, part pontification, purely thought provoking. This book may not make you change your life, but it will certainly impact the way you think about your life. I'm not an anthropology wonk, so learning about the evolution of Sapiens was educational for me, and I enjoyed that it was infused with humor to humanize it a bit. The book is also infused with a lot of Harari's own biases on religion, veganism, consumerism - and so forth. I loved this about the book - others might find it irritating.

There is a very long chapter on how our consumerism has been absolutely devastating to the animals we share the planet with. It was difficult to read, and not because it isn't true, but because it made me feel like shit. I don't know that I'll go full on vegan, but I recognize my impact and I am committed to cutting my meat consumption significantly.

The ending is pretty bleak, but we have also innovated our way into a pretty scary crossroads. Which road will we take? Moving on to Homo Deus. This is one of the those books that should be required reading for everyone. I'm going to recommend it to all of my friends. All two of them.

(Posted on 5/29/2019)
so interesting! Review by Brandy Ahearn
I had to listen a few times.....there is so much information. excellent book! I might listen again....

(Posted on 2/16/2019)
This book should be studied in schools Review by Yanna
The most perspective widening book I ever listened. Makes you think about the important things.

(Posted on 2/16/2019)
Enjoyed this book Review by Pen Name
This book is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to this year. worth it.

(Posted on 12/6/2018)
Great Read!! Review by Bill
Very informative, great overview of human development. Written in a down to earth style that is enjoyable and detailed without being overly "sciency" or academic.

(Posted on 12/6/2018)
Great but heavy Review by Ian
The book was very informing. But the book itself and the narrator made it very heavy. Hard to follow up without lying full attention.

(Posted on 11/27/2018)
Post-modernist rant, flashes of grounded opinion Review by BestBookSales Customer
I was attracted to the book based on a recommendation, and from an interest in evolutionary psychology. And I actually enjoyed most of Part I, which dealt with loosely accepted origins of the cognitively aware humans we know and live as today. But from there, the book took a disappointing turn. It diverged into an ideological rant against agriculture, Western Civilization (or all civilizations really), the evils of modern technology, and most of all against the "myths"of every belief system in the modern world. While these arguments may be ostensibly in the the vein of a devil's advocate, it quickly became clear that Harari was presenting a fast and loose version of HIS view of history, regardless of the grounding material.

I don't have problem with critiques or examinations of human thought and beliefs, but Harari condemns almost all modern structures of society, without recognizing any of the obvious benefits. It seems that this 1st world writer, in a country with free speech, touting the benefits of science and the age of Enlightenment, believes that we should all go back to gathering nuts and hunting wild game in the pure foraging bands of yore. "Obviously," we were all happier back then, due to the esteemed wisdom of the Great God of Evolution. (also a benefit of modern rational thought, btw).

(Posted on 11/27/2018)

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