It could have been, but I did not enjoy the dual-narrator system. It did not seem consistent, and I think Prof. Dawkins is a fine-enough orator to have done it himself.
Just one, please.
If Christopher Hitchens hadn't used the title for his own book, "How Religion Poisons Everything" would have worked for this one.
Dawkins's "The God Delusion" is an all-encompassing look at the different basis behind "god" and the many different arguments to break down the illusion. Essentially an Atheist "Bible", it presents a view of the world based on science and reason, in a science laden but easily grasped way, and by reading aloud himself (along with his wife), Dawkins is able to give it the personal touch that may have been lacking from a narrator, and I do believe this helps reduce the difficulty. Anyone desiring an in-depth look into the history and reasons behind religion need look no further than this excellent piece of contemporary literary prowess.
As a Hindu, I was taught the stories in the holy books as figurative and for moral purpose. I thought same was true for Christians when I first came to United States for my undergraduate studies from Nepal. I had a chance to know Catholics and Mormons closely Soon,to my surprise, I realized people actually do believe in stories in Bible and other religious text literally. So, I wanted to know know more about Christianity which made the experience interesting.
I was already an Atheist before listening to the book. However,many times it would be difficult to articulate my ideas to others. The book presents some excellent logic and conclusions. It is mainly written by considering Christians as primary audience. Many times I was not able to grasp the full context and examples of few examples form Bible and Old Testament.Overall, it strengthened my belief about absence of God and evolution.
this book is written as an audiobook (the paper version came later) and is therefor very listenable. Enjoyed it a lot
I enjoyed the thinking behind the book, the theory the authors lay out to the listeners. Allthough in my opinion Dawkins gets sometimes carried away, his ideas are very interesting and worth thinking through
I became a huge fan of Dawkins after reading this book. His writing is succinct, thorough, brave, and fascinating.
This was a the 1st book by Richard Dawkins that I read. I must say, I was hooked almost immediately! He may seem arrogant at times, but it's more passion and frustration than arrogance. I am thinking about going back and listening to it again, just for kicks. I am sure there is something I missed the first time around!
I won't deny that this is an interesting, well researched book. But, i do have a problem with the audiobook. It isn't a problem with the narrators, both Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward are very well spoken and very easy to listen to throughout. My problem, is the very strange choice of the back-and-forth between the two. It is extremely distracting at times when they switch back and forth, for example, when reading quotes or suddenly switching passages. with an audiobook, i pay much better attention when there is only one narrator, and for this book, i believe, it is very important to pay attention to the points they are trying to make. I feel that the audiobook could have been much better executed by perhaps Richard Dawkins reading one chapter, then Lalla Ward reading the next chapter. that would be much, much less distracting.
The only other problem that i have is that both Richard and Lalla can come off as very condescending, and pompous even, during some of the issues they discuss. While for the most part, i would agree with most of what they are saying, they seem to come off as abraisive in those instances. However, if you watch or listen to Richard Dawkins in interviews, lectures, etc., that just seems to be his personality in general, so that may be more of an issue i have with him, rather than the book itself.
Overall, i would recommend this book, however, i would rather recommend the Kindle or standard book editions, simply because of the distracting narrative styles used in the audiobook.
Yes, I might do it in the future, because of the valuable information contained and the style: it is easy to follow, intriguing, mind-opening.
The book is very well organized: it flows from the beginning to the end and keeps you comitted to listen and learn more.
The proof that our moral system is not derrived from religion.
Why we don't need God to understand the World!
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This is the second audio book by Richard Dawkins I have listened to. For me, what I found most memorable is the style or format that the author and his wife Lalla Ward use as they relate the content of the subject matter. Being familiar with the latter from her work in television, I almost can see her face and laugh when I hear the wry smile in her voice. Mr. Dawkins is as subtle in his reading as in his writing. The notes he hits as he turns a phrase or shares a quote from a contemporary or an opposite number are as clear as the logic he is trying to convey. If I had to pick the most memorable moment, I feel sure it would be while he talked about his professor. Mr. Dawkins tells of a teacher who had mistakenly taught for 15 years that a metabolic process does not and never did occur in some type bacteria or something and upon being shown that it does indeed occur approached the guest speaker in front of his own students and thanked him for the enlightenment. The author shared that at that moment all the class applauded the admission and further revealed that even today he stills finds a lump in his throat whenever he recalls the day. The point being that it is not vital for me to remember what creature did or did not have a doo-fletchee, it is the moment of truth when the teacher returns to being the student and is grateful for the chance to gladly jettison wrong data for new, corrected data.
Though it is a work of non-fiction, and characters are not entirely an actual part of the presentation, both of the readers' beautiful British accents lend themselves to erudite discussions. Neither reader bothers with too much with vocal characterization but as I said a moment ago, you can hear the joy or gravitas of the subject, or share the pity and compassion they feel for those to whom they wish to illustrate that reason not superstition ought to be the guiding principle.
I just want to invite the couple for dinner!
And now, for something completely logical.
It's no sin to be an Atheist
Losin' yer Delusion
Why God still hasn't bought you a Mercedes Benz
I have been on what I considered a