The discussion on Religion is, as Hitchens confesses, will continue to exist so long as humans continue to fear their death (this point Hitchens consistently credits Freud).
So how do we, the less talented in wit and tongue, become better articulated, better informed, better prepared to defend the rational conclusion of science and sound reasoning? That is, how do we become better at being right?
To this end, I recommend an indulgence into this audiobook. Listen to Christopher like you listened to the records of your childhood--play it repeatedly until the needle scratches to the white of the vinyl; until you know the pitch of every word, the depth of every pause; until you can close your eyes while lying on your bed and still see the cover in perfect clarity from staring at it far too long.
In the way you occasionally slip a conversational reference to the records which once defined who you were, invite Hitchens into your ears, your mind, and let his words and phrases sneak into your vernacular. You'll be surprised at the response you'll receive--very few dislike a clever, critical, combative contrarian.
This title is not just entertaining, not just impressive, and surely not just sport. This discussion matters for reasons Hitchens best describes. As he is no longer with us, no longer able to comment upon the injustices continually borne upon humanity in the name of religion, it is only right that we emulate his intelligence and keep alive his militant passion for all life.
To become better at being right, to become a better person, you better download this book. Right now.
Everyone, EVERYONE should read this book. I'm buying several copies of the physical book to give away, and will give the Audible version to my Audible friends. A must read.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is brilliant and should be required reading for every child in middle to late high school/early university. It makes so much sense and brings up some very interesting ideas. When Mr. Hitchens passed away the world lost a man of real substance. I mourn his loss. The only reason I did not give this book five stars across the board was Mr. Hitchens reading. If you are not used to the Cambridge accent and the trailing away at the end of sentences this narration can at times be hard to follow. But I encourage any person thinking about religion, churches and belief systems to read or listen to this book.
I Highly recommend this book. It reveals how truly violent, intellectually stifling and blind religious leaders want their followers to act.
The inimitable and indomitable Christopher Hitchens exposes religion for the childish nonsense that it is, and does so with characteristic poignancy and reason.
If the sound engineering on this recording were better, it would be 1) intelligible, and 2) enjoyable. Hitchens is a better writer than he is a recording artist. It is nearly impossible to hear the recording when listening in the car because of the unevenness of the sound levels coupled with his British accent. The accent alone is charming, but only when the voice is audible.
Hitchens' arguments for the negative influence of religion are compelling and, in my mind, spot on. I'd like to be able to hear more, and will probably get the print copy at some point.