Yes, readings by the author himself and Lalla Ward makes the book more conversational and succeeds in drawing its readers into its contents.
I have already introduced the book to a couple of my friends. I consider that Prof. Dawkins is honest and brave, but he misses the point.
I like it very much.
At many points I endorse what Dawkins criticises regarding the conventional Christianity both in the West and in the East. The reasons I wrote above ( he is wrong / he misses the point) are :
1) what the bible is concerned are related to things beyond "reason."
2) No one can find the English word "God" anywhere in the bible: both in the Hebrew and the Greek bibles. Strangely enough, most theologians and clergies are still concerned with minor problems and issues without seriously investigating -- the central problem and issue --what the English word "God" (and equivalent words in other vernacular languages) means for faith. The Hebrew original word which translators mistakenly translated as "God" is Elohim.The name is a complex and paradoxical name which cannot and should not be translated simply as "God". This is not a place to argue about the theological problems and issues regarding the divine names.
In the above sense and in short, I consider that Dawkins' s book title --The God Delusion -- is appropriate. I watched several interviews with Dawkins on TV , and my impression was also that many discussions were missing the point for the reasons I briefly mentioned above.
DJW in San Diego
Validation for athiests.
NOOOOO! It's over 17 hours! With under an hour daily to devote, it took me 3 weeks!
Richard Dawkins makes a compelling case not only for alternatives to a supernatural god, but also for coping with being an "island" among the religious. His knowledge of religious books, especially the christian bible, is amazing. Since old time gospel music always gives me chills and/or makes me tap my feet, I especially appreciated his thoughts on maintaining the comforting aspects of the faiths of our childhood. Another thing I really liked was that Richard and Lalla took turns reading. It really broke up any potential monotony of listening to the same reader for hours.
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.