Because it’s Nonfiction November, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a recent favorite nonfiction audiobook (and then I looked back and realized that my last FIVE audiobooks of the month were nonficiton, so this isn’t really anything special). But I have been listening almost exclusively to nonfiction lately, so I have a lot to share. This is one I absolutely loved:
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Narrated by Derek Perkins
15 hours and 17 minutes
Sapiens has been on my to-read list for a while. It was recommended by both Bill Gates and Barak Obama, whose recommendations I usually tend to love. Obviously, I had to read this. And it was absolutely fascinating. Sapiens is about exactly what it says: a history of humankind, from the very beginning of humans’ existence on this planet to where we ended up. Notably, why our species, sapiens (which, at one point, coexisted with several other human species) is the only one still in existence (except for some traces of Neanderthal – which I have, according to 23 and Me – and Denisovan DNA).
I learned so many things from this book, including why hunter gatherers were probably much happier than humans today and why social interactions are important (even if you’re an introvert like me). I feel like even when we study history and science, we don’t tend to think about our species as a whole. Why did we survive? Were we the smartest human species? Would it be a good idea to bring back the Neanderthals? (And, if we’re responsible for their extinction, are we obligated to, as some believe?) This book will make you think about humans differently, and make you consider your existence more deeply. I absolutely loved it. It’s probably one of my favorite nonfiction books of the year.
I’ve mentioned before that I particularly enjoy listening to nonfiction on audio. It’s just a little easier for me to pay attention and absorb information since I have a hard time slowing down while I read. So audiobooks are the perfect way for me to take in nonfiction books, including Sapiens. Also, the narrator has a lovely British accent, which always makes me happy. It was truly a pleasure to listen to. Would highly recommend.
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If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations (especially nonfiction).