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

The No.1 best seller.

In 21 bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment.

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 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating...compelling.... [Harari] has teed up a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the 21st century." (Bill Gates, New York Times)

"Truly mind-expanding.... Ultra-topical." (Guardian)

"21 Lessons is, simply put, a crucial book." (Adam Kay)

What listeners say about 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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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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Human Identity and AI

The thoughts presented helped me to think differently. I am just my body and my breath. The same as any other body and breath. We see ourselves as a collectives who believe in the same stories, trying to give meaning to our individual lives in the collective. At the end though it is not the collective that suffers it is the individual. The narration of Derek Perkins made the book easier to understand.

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Worth reading it once more at least

Great piece of work by author .Well told. Raises a lot of questions worth researching.

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must read, great view points discussed by Noah.

Loved it. I learned great view points and different perspectives provided by Noah. Must read to know the present changes in the world and their consequences towards the humanity and society.

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Interesting but not the author's best

Interesting & relevant, as all of Harari's books are. While the scope of knowledge displayed is astounding, this book is a bit repetitive and quite explicit of his personal political and cultural biases. Derek Perkins reads with great enthusiasm but has terrible pronunciation of all things non-European. As an Indian listener, his pronunciation seemed particularly hideous from 'Poonjab' to 'Dannantwaary' ! Amazon as a global company could do better....

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think on these things

easy to go through, pretty interesting. I'm on the binge reading ride for YNH. it's amazing overall.

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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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Just amazing

Derek Perkins narration is amazing. I really want to thank Yuval Noah Harari for this Masterpiece. Thanks for writing such a beautiful book, it will stay with me for life.

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A very holistic perspective to the present

After listening to Sapiens, ordered this next. This book can be called scientific, but also philosophical. It connects historic patterns to present situations and consequently provides logical reasoning to how the future can get, and how should we prepare or prevent it. It is a must read!

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Meditative

Gave a glimpse of bigger picture, the stories and myths we create and why it is important to tone them down

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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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  • MehdiT
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anders Askasen
  • 03-02-20

Progressive rant

Very disappointed by Mr Harari who produced two excellent books in sapiens and homo deus. 21 lessons turned out to be atleast 15 lessons in progressive leftism. Narrated nicely by Perkins but this work was sub.

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  • Steve
  • 09-07-19

Everyone should read this after Sapiens

I’ve not read Homo Deus but found this a perfect follow up to Sapiens. This is what we need to be studying and teaching. So much energy wasted on so much nonsense and these books enlighten although also frighten a bit. Now to work out where to from here for my generation but more importantly my children and then..... can I even contemplate their children?? Will I even have grandchildren?

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-20

Incredible and thought provoking

The author's ability to tell a story is exceptional. The way he brings certain ideas together and takes courageous jabs at the ideas and beliefs that make up the social fabric is impressive. I haven't read his previous work but he refers to similar themes and the titles of those books frequently throughout. I look forward to learning more from this brilliant thinker.

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  • Sacha Khoh
  • 16-10-20

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Listened to Yuval’s 21 lessons at the beginning of 2020 and thought that it was a little bit draggy and self absorbed. After 9 months of COVID and the natural catastrophe of 2020, I now highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get through 2021. Just read it, or listen to it. Highly recommended.

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  • jro
  • 12-09-20

One of the most important books to read in today's dystopian world

In Homo Sapiens, Harari shows how we're a "species of stories". In 21 Lessons, he brilliantly shows how these stories are going to kill us. When reading, you suddenly start to understand more and more what's happening in today's world and why it's falling so apart. And maybe you'll get a feeling there still is a way how to save it. You'll get the feeling: "If everyone just read this book with open eyes and mind, the world would be saved." It's indeed clear to me that absolutely not everyone is going to read this book, but I hope that many will and that it'll still help.

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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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  • Lukasz
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 12-08-19

Not for me

couldn't get into this. felt a bit dull and negative. Nit as good as previous Yuval books

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Richard Gosper
  • 09-09-19

The weakest of three terrific books

Sapiens and Homo Deus were triumphs. There is clear daylight to the quality of this third installment, largely as it lacks a comprehensive framework as the others did. however, still worth a read, and arguably an easier book to skim or selectively read than the first two. I am much wiser for having read these books, so for that am thankful.

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  • Ian
  • 26-10-18

Another Great Book from Yuval Noah Harai

I've listened to all 3 books from this author and have been enthralled with each. Perhaps this latest is not as profound as Sapiens or Homo Deus, but nonetheless a great and thought provoking book and well worth purchasing. The last chapter on the difference between the brain and the mind is brilliantly insightful. As always well narrated by Derek Perkins. Excellent and enjoyable.

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  • Michael Virgona
  • 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 may 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 tackles it in a different way - by giving you a global perspective over time. 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's voice - Derek Perkins, is sublime. Highly recommend.

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