"Religion poisons everything. Hitchens at his best."
Yes, and I do. Not only because Hitchens had a beautiful speaking voice that I could listen to all day, but because the clarity and force of his argument is brilliant. I consider this book a modern compainion to Bertand Russell's "Why I Am An Atheist".
The clarity, the razor sharp thinking, the wit, humour, compassion, humanity and furious anger that Hitchens displays in his merciless destruction of gods, religion and the eons of suffering they have caused.
I felt liberated and vindicated in my convictions.
Everyone should read this book, whether they are religious, agnostic, atheist or whatever. Read it alongside The Bible, The Qu'ran, The Septuagint, The Pentateuch, The Talmud and Torah, The Bagavad Gita, The Uppannishad and any other text considered holy. Read it and see what religion actually is, and what is does to human beings.
"A Good book but a tuff listen."
Not one of my favs.
Well the god delusion is the obvious one which to my mind is better written.The problem i have with christopher hitchens is the he jumps around alot form topic to topic and from example to example this distracts from the overall message of the book.
Although i like that christopher hitchens narrated this himself as it allows you to get a feel of what he is about and adds flavor to the book. He doesn't have a particularly good reading voice and is prone to mumbel.
I love christopher hitchens and admired nim greatly but i do not rete this book that highly and would recommend buying the paperback
"Study this in Schools!"
This is an essential text for everyone interested in religion, whether a believer or non-believer.
"God is not great - is great."
I have not read the print version but as with many books, when it is the author that is the one speaking on the audiobook, you feel somewhat more able to become part of their world and perhaps more sympathetic to their views. (Unless of course in this case you are a stringent believer). Hitchens' writing and speaking style did not for one minute grate on my ears and I was spellbound throughout.
It's Hitchens' honest and matter of fact way of addressing the issues of religion that I find so appealing. I am an agnostic/atheist myself and I don't feel too comfortable with unnecessarily barraging those with religious beliefs with insults or down-the-nose glances just because their beliefs don't fit with mine. But Hitchens puts forward some very important points about how religion can cause awful strife for some, and no matter how "good" some of its other merits can be, it certainly cannot be argued that religion is nothing but good.
It hasn't changed any of my religious views, as everything I read on the subject I take with a pinch of salt. But it has affirmed my feeling that fundamentalists of all religions are far more of a problem for the human race than any militant atheist.
"A Great Man"
A truly great thinker, this is Christopher Hitchens great polemical, which in my opinion, should be enough to make anti-theists of everyone. I love Hitchens fast delivery and no nonsense style. It is a truly well argued book which points out what all beliefs have in common. I have admitted elsewhere that I am a "skeptic" so in a sense this is preaching to the converted, I am also a Hitch fan. Will certainly listen again.
This book is my favourite. I have read it four times now and it gets better each time. The writing is superb, the agrument uncontestable. The quotations of other great minds are brilliantly chosen. My great regret is that I did not meet Mr Hitchens in the flesh. Read this book.
"Anyone with an objective open mind should read"
Even if you regularly attend church you should read this book. It certainly makes you question some of the ' stories ' you have been told since you were a child.
After enjoying Dawkins' book on the same subject I was a bit disappointed by this one. I can't fault the accuracy of the contents, it certainly does what it says on the tin, but it comes across as ranting rather than educational. I appreciate books read by their authors but Hitchens' voice does get tedious after a while (sorry Chris). I found Dawkins book was far more enjoyable to listen to and more persuasive as a result.
"Great read; not such a great listen"
A great listen but ultimately spoiled by a substandard narrator. The book read well off the page but doesn't really work with the author as narrator.
"Sorry but not for me"
I bought this book with an open mind. Unfortunately, I found myself struggling through the first few chapters and then inevitably turning it off. I thought the narration was monotone and made me feel sleepy. Sorry but I really didn't enjoy this.