While I have always considered myself somewhere between agnostic and atheist (pantheist) for the majority of my life, I find this book a hard read. I think Dawkins makes some very convincing points that would make agnostic person look at religion in a new light, however his tone is likely to turn off the target audience. I am half way thru, I have decided not to finish it for a couple of reasons. First, Dawkins' arrogant tone throughout the book gets old quick. At first you kind of ignore it, but after a while it gets really distracting and annoying. After listening to it for a while, you realize that even though he claims to be scientific, he is far from objective in his investigations.Second, The first few hours of the book lay out a good outline of the damage that religion causes to society, to ones self, and to science. After that, it become nothing more then a "bash fest" of how dumb he thinks anyone who buys into creationism really is. At the half way point it does not appear to be getting any better.
Yes! De-indoctrinating myself was a process that took several years. This book allowed me to see that I don't need the crutch of faith. I don't need religion. I don't need to believe in god. Listening to Dawkins read this book is exciting and his enthusiasm is infectious. Having dual narrators is distracting at first, but you quickly get used to it.
Every chapter is an essential element of de-conversion.
Audiobooks are the bacon of literature.
I listen to a ton of audiobooks, so it's difficult to rank this against the others. But, THIS book and the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice helped me to define who I am.
When I sat back and accepted that Richard was right. I'd been looking for this information.
There probably is no god. yay!
Yes. I've already listened to it several times. The book is well structured and the points of discussion are well thought out.
I found the frequent changing between narrators to be somewhat distracting but not enough to stop me from listening. I recommend this audio book without any reservations.
gifted with ADHD
Richard Dawkins makes it all clear for the people who are confused about their beliefs. a-must-read for everyone who likes to improve his/her critical thinking skills. good evidence and facts are given. As he says in the begining; if you are not, you will be an atheist after finishing this book.
Religion is irrational
I loved the switch between male and female voices, it keeps you interested and engaged. while with other books the monotone narrator can sometimes cause your to drift off, Dawkins and Wards voices are varying and compelling.
I have, and as with the others, this one is excellent.
This book helped me to take many arguments that I already had, and turn them into much more eloquent ones.
Science is the best tool we currently have to discern reality.
Aside from the remarkable content, Mr. Dawkins opted to have a second narrator help him read this. The breakup in voices made in much easier to understand when he was citing a quote, or a dialogue between two people. The overall personality of this book is cheerful, and celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I have never been more impressed with an atheistic work. Kudos, Richard!
I am just starting my journey into the fearless world of reason, but I do know I prefer this to the writings of Christopher Hitchens. While Hitchens is brilliant in his own right, he does have a distinct air of cynicism that I fear has helped created the Angry Atheist stereotype. While both cover similar topics, Dawkins is open, honest and optimistic. He truly loves all the natural wonders of this world, and you can hear it.
I loved hearing Dawkins enthusiasm. Ward also has a feisty, lighthearted tone and the pair make this a pleasure to listen to. I cannot express in words how unique of a pleasure it is to hear a book read as the author intended. It leaves you feelings almost acquainted.
I laughed in several areas, but overall this book just left me feeling happy. I have only been an atheist for a couple of years, and this book has lured me out if the closet, so to speak. This team encouraged me to feel pride in my ability to reason, rather than shame for my inability to believe. That is a gift beyond measure.
Dawkins kept me interested for the entirety of the book by proposing typically agreed upon beliefs and speaking logically about them.
I never put so much emphasis on Natural Selection. I understood it previously, but Dawkins put it into perspective for me. Natural Selection is the method used to describe Evolution and all complex beings must have gone through this process to be. He breaks it down into manageable chunks and never makes a claim where he shouldn't. When you think critically, Natural Selection can be used to describe much more than I had ever thought.
I have not, however I intend to.
The last few pages really made me well up! After all that Dawkins put into the book, the way he narrates our state in the world and the wonders that science can/has unfolded, you really see that once you put aside religion, that we truly are limitless.
Postal Clerk @ Waite Park MPC.
The audio was better for me as I could listen as I worked, keeping my hands free.
The many types of delusions offered by clerics and preachers alike. Dawkins laid open their falacies for us to see and consider for ourselves.
It is difficult to pick one scene over the other. Richard keeps the book flowing from one idea to another, so I could note pick just one. There are many good "scenes".
Uncovering the lies and half truths you have heard from the religious people in your life.
This book is a good tool for non believers and something for believers to consider in their "walk with Christ".
religious, please read
The way that Richard make things logical
All of it.
It made me laugh sometimes, and wondering of, how the Christians, Muslims, Jews ect. can believe in a god.