By the the greatest book I've ever read. Having a brother who went from atheist to born again Christian and the arguements we've had amongst religion and its relevantance and what not. Sam Harris has articulately and intelligently brought light to common sense ! Simply amazing
It would have probably became a better audible book if the author would have read it. Unfortunately the narration of the book it is too flat, almost devoid of meaning. It literally takes hours to accommodate with this narration style. Once and if you can get past that, the content of the book, the concepts and matters addressed are quite interesting. A bold undertake on religion and faith. This book in itself is a great acquisition.
I’m a Sam Harris fan, but Sam Harris loses me on this one. To the extent that much of his reasoning is sound, I’m lockstep with him through most of this work though am somewhat disappointed at his own confounding inability to temper a certain western bias he filters some of criticisms through. Although Harris owns some of the horrific deeds committed by the U.S. in exploiting its asymmetrical power relationships (I’m U.S. born by the way), he makes grave errors in presuming to be in the know in terms of intent of some of our nations most heinous attacks; almost excusing the untold deaths that result a tty elands of U.S. heavy ballistics, sanctions and withholding of aid. Chomsky really does best Sam and its unfortunate Harris is unable to receive this.
I’m particularly disturbed Harris’ clumsy handling of the Israeli/Palestinian “arrangement”, though in his defense, this book was authored before much of what the West has seen illuminated recently. Lastly, I’d have preferred Harris perform the narration. I will say that there are plenty of nuggets, thoughtful insights in this work and its worth a read. I’d only offer that an objective listener will not be able to help but detect some notes of bias.
His cadence, inflections, emphasis, tone, etc. are all wrong. It's as if it's being read robotically. The narration is so bad that at times, it renders it almost unbearable to listen to.
Bitter divorcee, rad feminist lefty granny. Enjoys sociological and psychological non-fiction, women's literature, mystery, YA fiction.
Intelligent, persuasive, and very interesting. If this book doesn't free you from whatever silly ideas you were raised with, I don't know what will.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
It's a very provocative read. If you question your faith, this book may help you understand why. The dogma associated with faith extracts a price. Should you continue to pay that price in hopes you will avoid the fires of hell? Or should you just chuck it, and do the best you can without buying into the religious stories that defy common knowledge. Those who blandly accept faith will cringe when the author confronts religion. And even those who are open minded will be shocked at the price we often pay for clinging to faith.
As technology advances and provides weapons of mass destruction to more and more people, we can find ourselves at the mercy of a religious group whose religion requires them to kill anyone who doesn't choose to respect their religion. Sound familiar?
Just as other ancient practices (e.g. alchemy) have been abandoned...modern day religions may suffer the same fate as modernity begins to overtake the old religious books that many quote, few read and most don't understand.
No one knows if anything happens after death. But a lot of people are willing to do some pretty awful things in an effort to avoid what they think might happen.
I enjoyed it for the most part, although I thought Hitchens' "God Is Not Great" was better. He lost lost me with some of his philosophical wanderings, but did a good overall job of making his case. I'm still on the fence concerning faith...
The book was written well and Sam makes some very compelling arguments. Recommend for anyone willing to challenge their beliefs or better understand faith in general.