Got this audiobook hoping to find some scientific explanations for and against religion, all religion. All I got was Christian bashing and insults hurled toward that one religion. It is loosely science based but more making statements that Christianity is not probable so it must be wrong. Very disappointed by this book.
I really despised the female reader with her condescending and angry tone when any religious ideas are discussed. It sounded like she was adding her own anger toward religion rather than reading the book as facts that are written by someone other than her. The male reader was very pleasant and did not add what wasn't necessary. You might like this book but I was deeply disappointed.
Very thoughtful and interesting. I was annoyed at times with his condescending and elitist tone at times, however, and I can't see how he might have much success in "converting" religiously-minded people into atheism, after basically calling them and surely a large majority of their friends and family idiots. I feel that instead he provides rather good material for people to justify their already atheistic or agnostic leanings.
Again, Dawkins brings poignant ideas out of the back of one's mind to look at in a clear new light.
One of the best fact books I have ever read. The book really opens up you mind to start thinking outside of the box.
The part about how children are indoctrinated by their parents is really interesting. It highlights the importance of good education for a society to thrive.
I like the interactions between the two narrators.
I like they way the book is in general not pointing fingers and leaves it up to you to decide what to conclude and think.
This should be a must read for anyone using rhetoric and teaching. There is a lot of inspiration to get here.
This book is not for the soft of mind. As a good little christian boy it challenged everything I was raised to belief. Logic and critical thinking made my views expand more so than I had ever thought.
Depends on the friend.
It's a decent read however it's probably just what you'd expect if you're actually an atheist. I was actually a little disappointed that he stuck to the obvious discrepancies with religion and science.
He's a very clever man with very convincing arguments.
Dawkins is the narrator. When the writer narrates their own work they really put the emphasis on what needs it. I would recommend listening to the sample before purchasing since Mr. Dawkins doesn't have the most soothing voice (no offence).
I'm glad to have listened. If the subject may offend you, don't listen. It is most definitely interesting though.
A decent read at double speed. Atheist or Theist, you've probably already contemplated everything in this book but it's interesting to see into the mind of Dawkins.
Rather full of himself and as a devout agnostic I found the book pathetic and insulting. Some good points regarding the potential power if atheists were able unite and form a coalition.
Overall, I found it came across patronizing and condescending. Not something I would recommend.
I am of a mixed opinion on this. I feel like the print and audio versions would work the best if used together. On the audio side, I liked how Dawkins and Ward switched narration back and force, making it really obvious when there was a quote from somebody else versus Dawkin's thoughts. Additionally, if I were reading this on my own, I probably would not finish it, as I generally find reading nonfiction not engaging, which is why I prefer nonfiction audio books. However, there are some longer, more complex thoughts that it is easy to get lost in mid-sentence, and in this regard, I think having the print book on hand so you can reference would make it much easier to review a sentence or reference a thought or philosophy discussed earlier in the book.
The book is well laid out, and presents a clear argument with lots of references, quotes, etc, to support Dawkins' observations and interpretations of religion. He systematically addresses many of the typical arguments for agnosticism and religious belief, focusing mostly on the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It points out a lot of double standards in religious faith systems and deconstructs arguments for religion and against atheism in a calm, logical manner. It never felt like an angry attack on religion, rather it is a well thought out, well researched presentation that makes it an interesting read. I really appreciated it as a religiously raised person currently questioning what I truly believe, but I think it will be eye opening even for those with staunch faith. It may not convince you to be an atheist, but it is worth examining why you believe what you believe, and if it stands up next to Dawkins' arguments.
There are sections where Dawkins addresses religious notions pulled from the Bible, from moral standards to historical accuracy, etc. While I have never believed in the historical accuracy of the Bible, I never really looked at it objectively either. I always read Bible stories with the interpretations provided to me by my education in the Catholic school system, and it was difficult for me to separate myself from my prior knowledge. Listening to Dawkins dissect some of the famous stories for his arguments was like hearing them for the first time, and I was able to see the stories without the veneer of religious fanaticism giving me rose-tinted glasses. I found those dissections and the conclusions Dawkins derives from them to be particularly eye-opening and thought provoking.
This is definitely a useful resource for anyone questioning their stance on religion. It is not guaranteed that it will convince you to become an atheist, and it is useful to have another prospective and interpretation of the world and religious beliefs. I would also recommend it to fervent religious people as well, not as a criticism of their beliefs, but to listen to Dawkins' arguments and judge for yourself the merits of both your and his beliefs, rather than to judge his arguments without actually knowing what they are or why he believes them.
Yes, I insist they do.
i cant pick one, if I was to yellow highlight anything I would have to dip the whole book.
Well I like their accent, to my ears anyway, they read convincingly.
You Will UN-believe!
A great book with so much knowledge, it's sure to be an over and over listen...loved it, still do.
Other than having a quasi notebook to mark-up and reference after reading, the audio version allows access to the material by busy individuals who can't always read from printed books.
Richard Dawkins has published many books along the same line of reasoning.
The English accents are for me always a plus when they are heard reading subjects requiring intellectual prowess.
Stop the madness. Gods debunked.
As was aptly pointed-out in the book, the theists who really should read this book, unfortunately will not or will choose to blindly not see the beauty of the truths the book explains so perfectly.