I enjoyed this book very much but I have to say I liked The god Delusion and God is not great much more...I guess it really depends on what style you like more...Over all I think it makes a good addition to any library and I would highly recommend it.
Billy Dennis Jr
Great book but I am a fan of Sam Harris so I am bias. I don't think this is a book for everyone and would probably discourage the far right Christians from reading or listening to it.
Sam Harris argues that the we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion - and argues it well. Very persuasive and enlightening. I think Sam Harris is brilliant and I love to listen to his arguments. I highly recommend this book. I loved it.
If you like Sam Harris's The End of Faith, be sure to also read/listen to Letter to a Christian Nation.
As an agnostic, I was intrigued by this book and the hype around it. Harris makes many interesting points about the contradictions between faith and reason and it is apparent that this is a treatise against the hyper-religious rhetoric that was apparent post 9/11. At the same time I can't say that it is entirely persuasive because it fails to address the issue that believers are unlikely to en Masse abandon their beliefs by subjecting them to logical reasoning in the same way non-believers are going to accept a deity by giving into faith.
I love the content in this book: most of what's in here is very thought provoking, so it matters not whether you agree or disagree with the Author's position, you will no doubt walk away feeling wiser than before having read this book.
I've found myself struggling to continue, though, because the narrator's voice is terribly uncomfortable to listen to for long periods. He has a very "whiney" tone, which can be tolerated with enough desire to listen to the Author's words, but the over-exaggerated expressions used to place emphasis on some parts of the writing often bring me to skip sections or switch to another book entirely.
I wish there were an alternate narrator available: I wonder if Sam Harris himself would do it. I rather enjoyed his narration of his other work: The Moral Landscape.
If you've already read Dawkins' The God Delusion and/or Hitchens' God is Not Great, you'll learn nothing new from this book, but it's a good read nonetheless. I am a fan of Sam Harris' style, but the narrator ruins it with long and painful pauses, during which I often found my attention drifting. I recommend listening to it at 1.25x (thank you for that feature, Audible!).
A bit dense, a bit heavy on the philosophy of thought and being, and a bit dry, but the arguments are heavy and thought provoking. If you're looking for an unvarnished argument against religion, an argument made with relish and gusto, then this is the book for you. Be warned, however, it's a bit difficult to keep track of when driving or doing anything else, as the arguments can be a bit high-concept.
The only problem is that much of this would have sounded much better in the voice of the author, as he does have a very distinct speaking style; which he translates to text very faithfully (its a pun, get it?)
I'm very greatful to have these amazing writers, storytellers, and critical thinkers sharing their thoughts on such a fundamental and important aspect of humanity. We need more people to speak up and break the taboos stifling the quailty of our lives and threatening our very existence.