Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind- Audiobook review

I haven’t been able to do the mid year book update tag yet, and I’m bummed about that. Maybe I’ll get a chance to write it over the weekend. Also, if I don’t get to write that post this weekend, then I should let you guys know that I’m going on a week long vacation with my family and I don’t want to carry my personal or work laptop there, but I will still be reading books. So, I probably won’t write any posts next week, but there are going to be lots of posts the week after to make up for the hiatus! Probably 2 book reviews that I am really excited about and my travelogue! Woo hoo! πŸ™‚

Coming back to the book- oh my gosh, brilliant! I think this book has been one of the best books I’ve read this year and definitely tops my non-fiction reads section. Sapiens is a book everyone should read. I think it might even be included in school studies someday, since it is so informative, covers such a vast range of subjects, packs in philosophical questions that we can discuss and debate about and is written in such a simple language!


I listened to the audiobook version of the book, and the narration is really good. The narrator keeps the right amount of interest and intrigue and factual tone of voice throughout the audiobook and makes you want to keep listening. But because I enjoyed the content of the book so much, I went ahead and bought hardcopies of Sapiens, Homo Deus and a Netgalley provided book of Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book- 21 lessons for the 21st Century. Can’t wait to read all of the remaining books now.

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So, here are the things that worked for me and why I would highly recommend this book:

  • Brilliantly written with so many facts- makes it a great non fiction book to read
  • Covers many subjects but runs more like a story than a text book- starting from our origins, history, geography, social sciences, science, innovation, happiness, psychology, ideology and ending it with two very profound questions, which makes a basis for his second book of this series- Homo Deus
  • I learnt a lot from this book and I feel I have become a little more aware and a little more learned after reading this book
  • Even though this is a non-fiction book, I feel it would be a good book for a book club too, since there are many chapters that pose interesting questions about what we have achieved so far and the means we have used to achieve it and whether we really are relevant or important as we make ourselves seem to be? And questions like, what’s next?
  • The writing is simple and the book is very well structured
  • Apparently, the author- Yuval Noah Harari, and his team of researchers referenced around a 1000 books to write this book!! My gosh, how impressive is that! (applause)

Things that didn’t work for me:

  • This is non fiction- or so I keep saying πŸ™‚ So, there are just facts and then more facts followed by questions that are not answered by the facts, but questions that arise from these facts. This book has no answers. Just facts and more questions πŸ™‚

I’ve bought three other books on audible now for my trip- all short and easy reads and one of them is a recommendation from a fellow blogger and pen pal- so looking forward to listening to them on this trip/vacation:) Also, I’m almost through with Fangirl, and hopefully I’ll be able to write a review this weekend.

What non fiction have you read recently that you were really impressed with?

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