Christopher Hitchens not only wrote an insightful look into organized religion, he also did it in a style remenisant of Douglas Adams. Maybe it's his English accent or a sense of humor born in the English school and state religious system.
Regardless, I disagree with the negative comments in previous reviews. Hitchens' main point is that "religion poisons everything". He makes great points and backs them up with unassailable arguments. A few of the reviewers complain about the audio quality, maybe they need new earphones or need to download the program again. The audio on my copy is excellent and his reading of the book is done with clarity,style and humor.
I'm not an atheist; I'm just not convinced that any religion has the complete story. Mr Hitchens points brought my religious inclinations into clear focus and his experiences with events and news-makers validate his points.
This is one of the best non-fiction books I've purchased from Audible. The only problem is that now I feel compelled to buy a hard copy so that I can use it for notes and reference especially if I find myself compelled to believe in one of the "revealed religions". He words can bring me back to reality.
The book makes an interesting reading and is quite an eye opener. But unfortunately I could not enjoy listening to this because of poor quality of reading. Mr.Hichens should not have read this one himself. He tends to swallow the last part of most of the sentences. I have had to constantly lower / raise the volume of my instrument, even with in a sentence. This has really taken the pleasure of listening to an unnecessary low. I am sorry to say that this the worst listening experience I have had in Audible so far.
I have to take issue with the many reviews condemning Hitchens for narrating his own book. Hitchens' style is so unique that any other reader would be quite inappropriate. I guess this is mostly a case of U.S. readers having difficulty with anything not familiar to their ears - pity. As a non-US listener I have no problem with most books performed with U.S. accents, but it is nice to have a little variety occasionally! Hitchens is, well, Hitchens and to have him read the book was the icing on the cake, at least for me. The book's message? Wonderfully over the top and worth every minute.
I very much enjoyed listening to this book. Never been a big fan of his but in this case I thought he had the goods on this subject. I think people on both sides of this topic should take time to listen or read this book as it provokeed a great deal of thought for me. I agree with him and my life experience brings me to the same conclusion. I recommend it!
Although I am certainly not an athiest, I found this book thought provoking.
Christopher Hitchens provocative and highly effective polemic against organized and not so organized religion suffers only from the author's own narration. Too bad. Despite his Richard Burton like voice and accent, Hitchens often brilliant observations and corruscating style are severely damaged by a breakneck tempo and detached delivery. But the extra effort required when listening is still well worth the effort.
While I have often enjoyed this author's contributions in the magazine Vanity Fair, I didn't realize his talent with the English language until I listened to this book. Hitchens does a number on all religions and makes a very credible arguement to explain why man needed religion to explain natural phenomenon in the world during a time when science was in its infancy. I laughed out loud at some of his wry comments and am just disappointed that there are not more of his writings available.
Another good book by one of the Hitchens brothers. This one stands up with as one of the three best rational responses to religion that have been written in the last 5 years.
Hitchens excels at raking religion and faith over the coals, explaining why faith is not only irrational but irresponsible and immature. However, he does not attempt to explain in depth what it is that should replace a person's faith as a source for morality and "spirituality". Fortunately, for that, one need only read Ayn Rand's books. All the necessary answers are to be found there. In fact, you can skip the Hitchens and go straight to the Rand if you want to save time. She dispels faith better than even Hitchens can imagine.
"God Is Not Great" is a fearless and timely publication in this age of pseudo-scientific 'reasoning' and argument, which sets out to confront the generally unquestioned tenets of society's common religions.
Unlike several other reviewers, I found the author's reading of his own book compelling listening. Perhaps his ironic British style of humour and his delivery is a bit lost on some of his non-British audience.
His uncompromising views will challenge and, no doubt, offend many. But this text should be read by everyone.