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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, read by Derek Perkins. 

From the author of the multimillion copy best seller Sapiens.

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. 

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? 

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

©2018 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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great experience

my first experience with an audio book and it was fantastic! finished a book after many years in a short span of time. the book itself gives one a lot to think about. lovely read/listen.

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Simply beautiful

Loved it... Dr. Harari and his thoughts are simply amazing.. He covers wide variety of subjects and explores them in great depths.

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epiphany

great book, narration was also very good, this book enables you to think and act differently

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phenomenal

loved it. great insights. very thoughtful. harari is exceptionally thought provoking. look forward to his next

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Eye opener would be small word, Enlightening!!!

A must read book to gaguge the perspective of past present and future. Truth Vs Myth.

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Insightful and deep

It gets interesting from Law 15 (atleast for me) and initial few laws. Its relevant and deeply insightful, I would listen to this again and hopeful to imbibe some of the learnings and insight.

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Must observe the lessons

Book is really thought provoking in every aspect of human endeavour, weaving of story is optimal . But research on material is extensive. u can benefit it by listening to it.

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Bad ending

The ideas presented in the book were good until the last two chapters. At the very end, the author lost focus and talked about meditation. He lost his scientific view and tried to force meditation as a non religious practice.

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good read and good listen.

loved it.a wonderful book of our time.also a very insightful on relevant issues which is v important to our life n society as well

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Excellent

Yuval Noah Harari is a fascinating writer who has a fresh perspective and writes superbly. The narration in this audio book is also very good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

A thought provoking read

Makes you reassess and rethink what you know and why you and others do what they do. Loved it and would highly recommend it to all

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  • knaan
  • 01-09-18

Zealots beware!

To me, Sapiens was easily the best book I ever came across, and it marked the beginning of my journey through a lot of scientific books. I couldn't finish Homo Deus, I found it to be too speculative.
Now, the 21 Lessons are easily the best book I listened to in years. There's a lot to learn, not just about the 21st century.
Check it out!

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  • Lacasitos
  • 30-01-19

Amazon book

many moments of truth pop up in this book. probably one of the best book every written. If you have read the forst two, Homo sapiens and Homo Deus, you might find the start of this as remake of the first two. but it gets much more interesting afterwards

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-19

Don't binge listen to Harari's books

I started this book right after finishing Homo Deus and Sapiens, so a lot of the information in this book was repetitive.

But still, jaw dropping information! The whole book is truly eye-opening. Also loved the narrators voice.

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  • Lucas
  • 06-11-18

Excellent reading, wonderful narrator and very clear ideas

Similar to his other books, this one is a masterpiece, with his analytical view of the world and the matters around it, he manages to talk about the deepest questions with an creative look. I totally recomend this book.

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  • vishnu
  • 20-04-19

The book and its audio production is worth every penny

Debunking everything, even one self and self-constructs is easier said than done. Yuval does that with panache. Although at times the book might give you a sense of dejection, it’s only because life is not a pretty story and realizing that is painful. Go for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-19

Awesome

One of the best books i'v read so far, very informative, I recommend it to anyone with an open mind.

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  • Shane
  • 14-04-19

Must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot recommend this book enough - it puts the world as you know it into a clear and metholodical perspective with insightful comments, personal anecdotes and factual references. It talks about the science behind the decisions we make and the emotions we feel. Very relevant, very current and very interesting. I love yuval noah harari

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-19

Sublime.

The syory took me through the depths of my mind. Twisting and turning what I understand and thought I understand. The narrators voice and diction seem to be tailor made for a grand ep like this.

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  • Ekele Onuh Oscar
  • 09-04-19

Pastors, please read!!!

I loved the book.. I had read Homodeus and it reads like Homodeus. This book will cause you to ponder on the realities of the near future. it analyzes the danger of the most probable options and tries to give way out. it is a book of questions, few answers and numerous insights. I would like my pastor to read it.


Yuval is an unrepentant gay atheists, his sexual and non religious identity is pasted allover his ideologies, you can't help but agree with some of his argument and reasoning. He has poked holes in many popular narrative. even though he is asking more questions than answers, it is a good read. don't read it alone. it is a book that you want to read and discuss.


my most favorable quote is in the intro
"in a world deluged by information, clarity is power"


the narrator did a great job too. I bought the hard copy, so while I listened, I marked insightful pages and noted areas I disagreed with...

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 07-09-18

Grow your mind

Yet another master class, after reading all three of his books “Sapiens”,” Homo Deus” and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” I am left wondering how one man could possibly cover so much. To understand where we are, where we came from, and where we could possibly be heading, A true trilogy for the mind. Seekers you need look no further for enlightenment. For an inquiring mind, you have a feast on your hands here. I have yet to be educated in a more entertaining way. So many ideas to contemplate, you will never look at things in quite the same way. In a word enriching.

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  • LK
  • 17-09-18

10/10

‘Sapiens’ will stand out in history as a clearly mapped out record of the evolution of human beings from apes to modern day.
Fuelled by passion and intellect,
organised and delivered for any curious human of under average intelligence to genius to absorb and understand.

‘Homo Deus’ is my favourite non fiction book in years, an all time favourite. I have uncountable positive comments I could make about the wisdom it shows and issues it raises. My only critique, was that I sensed a slightly biased hidden agenda from Harari, portrayed as an informative ‘on the fence’ summary of life in the modern age and what may follow.

This considered ‘21 Lessons’ is the perfect follow up, he clearly and honestly opens up to the audience, expressing his personal views amongst the pleather of facts.

I am very fond of the conclusion, where he voices the importance and value of practicing a daily non biased observation of the self without judgement or agenda.
It is amazing to me that clearly right now, human beings main problem is our relationship with our own feelings, a subject rarely considered or discussed.
I love how this man thinks and teaches by example.

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  • Lukas
  • 06-09-18

Great book, good as the previous ones.

Recommend to everyone who seeks more true in their lifes. Recommend previous books as well.

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  • Doug
  • 15-09-18

Hard and Necessary

Like homo deus, really tough to hear the well reasoned thoughts about the coming and present world. Not one to pick up when feeling fragile with the world but if you can handle the truth then you are entirely more likely to read it here than in a POTUS tweet ;-)

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  • Nagarajan
  • 08-09-18

Brilliant mind

What an introspection and observation at the mean time. A brilliant book and will recommend.

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  • Maija Kovari
  • 14-09-18

An clear look at the big questions of our time

Clearly structured, well written look at many important topics that define our global era. A part of me wishes there was a big solution at the end, but I guess that's the whole point - the solutions are yet to reveal themselves, and to see our challenges clearly and soberly is a the necessary first step.

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  • Jason Flaherty
  • 09-09-18

21 lessons

Another insightful audio book from Yuval. Fantastic narration. A concise and easy tone.
As with all his other audiobooks I will be listening again within a few months.
Highly recommended.
Keep up the fantastic work. Bravo

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  • George
  • 09-09-18

Thinking well

His clarity and acknowledgment of bias reveals a number of truths. The performance by Perkins is also excellent.

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  • Gary Shavit
  • 01-09-18

This book will make you smarter.

Each 'lesson' makes you think. His purpose isn't to convince you or to enlighten you to his point of view. But to make you consider your point of view and to weigh it's validity.

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  • Tiago Lazaro
  • 11-09-18

Blown away!

Based on Yuval’s 2 previous books I pre-ordered this audiobook and couldn’t wait to start listening. As I expected it blew me away with the its clarity and Yuval’s outstanding ability to explain in simple language, what in his assessment are the important lessons of history. A must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-18

He's done it again

A truly insightful, thought-provoking, and meditated tackle at some of life's biggest unknowns.

By far one of the best book series by one of the best authors to date.


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  • Michael Matusik
  • 13-09-18

Great!

Listened to twice now and will do again in the near future. I am tired of taking a screen shot of the cover and sending to others. I think both Audible and Kindle should think about how one can share such things - yes at a discount. Yuval would surely agree with me - not only for the $ but how that fits in the with world we are now in. Over to you Audible.

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  • Zoubir
  • 11-10-18

Brilliant!!!

A brilliant eye opener!!! You won’t see the world the same way after reading this book. I wish I read this book when I was 15 (yes, even before it was written).

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  • Dave
  • 19-03-19

Grateful Christian

Great views from an intelligent sceptic. Noah is very articulate in the expression of his views and as a committed Christian (or committed to the Christian story) I really appreciated his critical views.

The overall flow and transition from chapter to chapter was helpful and the narrator does an excellent job. 👍

I found the overall premise of evolution and determinism challenging because of my Christian worldview, but that is why I decided to read it. But if you're religious or hold strong economic/political positions and ideologies. Be prepared to be offended and made uncomfortable. But I'd encourage you to get through the whole book for context and for your own sakes.
I'm glad I read this and I'm grateful that Noah tackled these issues that need discussion and exploration in today's (or tomorrow's) world.

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  • Richard
  • 08-03-19

Absolutely brilliant.

I now need to buy and read this excellent insight into humanity. The last chapter came as a complete surprise. Having analysed the 21 lessons I now need to understand my mind, and my motivation for living. Even though scientists know a little how the brain works it knows virtually nothing about the mind. Despite everything that the author has written in the previous chapters make absolute sense. This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians and leaders. Finally, the book is not about dogma or religion. It is just about common sense.

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  • Morgan James
  • 10-10-18

Ok, but not Harari's Best Book by a long shot

Harari raises some interesting points however his arguments are not as well structured and supported as in his previous works. Feels slightly underresearched and unpolished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-18

A+ must read for everyone

I’ve read all three of Yuval’s books - multiple times. Highly thought provoking, easy to read and understand. These books will give you a different perspective on the world. While a DNA test might give people a more open minded perspective on their own bloodlines, other people and cultures, Yuvals books will do the same - just in a different way. The saying that life is short and make the most of it has even more importance for me now. Thank you Yuval for opening my mind to a new way of thinking. The narrator - Derek Perkins is outstanding. Highly recommend.

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  • Cam Liston
  • 24-09-18

Disappointing

After the truly epic "Sapiens" and the very good "Home Deus" Harari has completely missed the mark with this book. Instead of theorising and philosophising Yuval get's caught up in his own bias' and politics. If it were any other author you'd say it was a break through bit for Harari it is a complete and utter disappointment. 3/5 Stars.

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  • Monica
  • 21-04-19

Disappointing

I really tried to love this book but it was such a constant disappointment. It’s mostly a tedious rant , I just couldn’t get to the end . It comes across as a man swamped by his own ego needing to churn out another book to satisfy a publishing contract. Not his best work .

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  • Mwater
  • 17-04-19

A must read

This book is a must read. I read his other excellent books and this one is no different. Blew my mind.