I am a recent unbeliever, and this was my first book on religion from my newly found atheist perspective. The 19 chapters gave me a better understanding of how religion impacts individuals and societies. I highly recommend this book if you are new to the subject matter.
Tony R Jackson
I really liked ever thing about this book. Mr. Hitchens is highly intelligent and it comes though in his writing.
When he comes to a part of the book that is part of his past. He tells not as if he was reading it but as if he was just telling you the story and how it unfolded.
As I said Mr. Hitchens was a highly intelligent man and this comes across easily in his writing. But you also hear it in his voice, a confidence in his voice. I love hearing him read.
Hitchen's quiet yet authoritative delivery of his own work adds to the pathos of what he has written. Although I had to replay some segments to ensure that I heard 100% of what he said, I appreciated his understated style.
Hitchens provides the titles himself in the amazing breadth of texts to which he refers. Hume, Einstein, Jefferson, Socrates..the philosophers, the self proclaimed religious, modern proclaimers of government from Apartheid supporters to Martin Luther King..the wealth of texts to which we may turn to follow up our own research ( if we have not already made it our quest to read them) are readily provided.
The scholarly and earnest individual as represented by Hitchens himself is our excellent guide.
No, this was not possible. If the listener hopes to assimilate the material amassed by the author, it might be best to put some time aside for reflection during the presentation.
So much of the material in this book is so prescient and current..the news today is full of relevant events which support Hitchen's treatise that it is incumbent on those who choose to think to read and reread this approach to religiosity. No doubt the freedom to do this thinking is a gift won only comparatively recently by some but not all and it is clear that the author died still importantly working towards guiding those who prefer to be non partisan and prefer to be honest in their thinking. This book is not for those who find faith in religion unless they are free in themselves to be challenged.
I'm a software developer.
Hitchens is an excellent speaker, and it really shows in this wonderful author narration.
There isn't much anything new in this book. Hitchens does a great job supplying wonderful anectdotes, references, and data to support his points. However, for most non-believers, most of the points he makes are self-evident and we've either heard it all before, or don't require the level of detail Hitchens provides.
I wouldn't reccomend this to anyone already a fan of Hitchens or anyone who has already subscribed to reason. However, if you're new to Hitchens, atheism, free thought, this is an excellent listen.
"I don't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones" - John Cage
Hitchens is brilliant, that is undoubted. I always appreciate when an author does his own readings; I think it allows the listen to hear the intended inflection and emphasis of the writings that someone else is merely assuming.
I think anyone reading/listening should also listen to God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and read Atheism The Case Against God by George H Smith.
Not really any "scenes" in this book - but a lot of interesting information.
How God Religion Poisons Everything
This will give you plenty of reasons to doubt if you are a believer or it will piss you off. If you are already an atheist, then you might feel confirmed in Hitchens remarks.
Not your typical exploration of why a belief in God might be illogical or unsupported, a much more thorough and unique look at what the ramifications of religion can be.
Masterpiece for the secular mind. Thorough documentation throughout. The complete dissection of the various arguments for the existence of God is wonderful. Told in an uplifting manner, with a British humorous twist. If you are on the fence re religion, it will give you much to think about. If you are a committed secularist, it will give you much ammunition. If you are a religious devotee, it will either drive you crazy or open your mind.
"You will feel better, I guarantee, once you let go of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking."
With his British accent, and significant modulation in speed and volume, some parts were a little hard to understand in a car. Best listened to with headphones.
Hitch is a very good reader & since he's not with us any more, it's powerful to hear him narrate his book.
The tidbits about Joseph Smith (Mormonism) are funny & devastating.
His comments on the Arabic language & how that impacts the Korans message were new to me.
His personality & intelligence shine through.
Another terrific, insightful and well-researched work by the late Christopher Hitchens. The fact that Mr. Hitchens narrates it himself makes this purchase all the more rewarding.
I would only try it if it was narrated by someone else.
It sounded like a good book but again the narration made it difficult to follow.
I would like to read the hard copy.