This is not sci-fi, it is god-fi.
The religious right has a friend in Robert J. Sawyer. I should have Wiki'd... "Sawyer's work frequently explores the intersection between science and religion."
I could not get very far into this before I just had to yank the earbuds out of my ears. It's not that I don't mind a religious theme now and then but this was blatant preaching and lecturing.
This book has a strong story at its core but I feel that it is weakened considerably by the preaching manner in which it is written. This tone seemes to have been picked up and amplified furher by the narrator. An interesting read but not an enjoyable one.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
I wanted to like this - but it was absolutely terrible. seriously - i'd highly recommend something else.
I liked listening to this for a while, but then felt it to be more a space for the author to promote his own religious and moral ideologies. I didn't enjoy it after some time. After some time I also found the storyline a little uncreative.
I did not like Calculating God; however, I only listened to the first hour and then deleted it because I could not take it anymore. The first 15-20 minutes were good and set the stage for an interesting story but then the author became condecending and manipulated the story to lead the listener down a certain path and it reminded me of someone trying to use smoke and mirrors to make their point instead of being honest and I did not appreciate that. The concept had potential but the author kept using devices and made up facts to bolster his argument which made it loose credibility for me. The worst part is that I agree with his general premise that the world and the universe are too complex to have been conceived by mere chance but the author was so heavy handed that he lost me as a listener, save your money and buy something more interesting.
This should be a thought provoking topic, but I just found it unbearably DULL and could not finish listening. I echo other review comments who "don't get the point." Not true. I get the point - that's why I purchased it. Such a waste to smother this brilliant concept, Ranch Dressing-style, in the repetitive simplistic dialog technique. An opportunity for a universe of witty absurdity lost forever...