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I guess this is what it feels like to have a religious awakening, which is ironic given the contents of the book. The way this book describes humans from such a distant vantage point really forces you to acknowledge the objective reality that we are all just animals, doing strange things, believing even stranger things, for our brief lives.
One example of how this book has changed me: I've taken antidepressants for a long tube, but always felt guilty: like if I just understood myself and my world better, I wouldn't need that crutch. I don't feel that way anymore. Read the book and you'll understand why.
It's a tired analogy, but it's like The Matrix. I'm suddenly aware of these major aspects of my reality that I was just ignoring before... Or, more than ignoring, they just weren't something I could see.
Read this. The narrator is great. The content is great. The writing is great.
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This is a very wide ranging book that explores many topics. If I'd not read similar books (Guns, Germs & Steel, The Lucifer Principle, etc) I might've rated this higher but having read similar books there wasn't too much new here.
I question some of the author's conclusions because he has a bad habit of stating opinions as facts. Additionally, as noted in my title, the book reaches borderline nihilistic conclusions via questionable arguments. It's also a bit too long.
But it wasn't all bad. It was a different look at fundamental questions and was written intelligently and with care in most instances. Worth listening if you're new to the genre.
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Where does Sapiens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is my first audiobook experience. I'm glad that I chose this book. Otherwise, it would take me months to finish.
What did you like best about this story?
So many boring things are explained so interestingly. The examples are from many fields: biology, history, economy, etc.