Addicted to Audible since 2009
I really liked this book and found it to be very interesting. Any book that refers to both Carl Sagan and George Carlin has got to be good!
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
A bit Looong to get to the point, but it's very interesting. It moves better in the second part because it gets to the organized religion portion.
The book is very interesting and informative, and makes a great many good points. But, like others, I don't think much of his snarky, "anyone who doesn't think like me is a dummy" approach. If you hope to convert people, calling them idiots isn't really a recommended approach. I'm a Brit, and while I love the nasty British humour in a comedic setting, it doesn't play that well here in a more serious debate. The book is 4 stars for it's importance, but misses out on a top rating just because Dawkins is a bit of a "bleep" about it all.
I am so impressed with the writings of Mr. Dawkins--so much so, that my 11-year-old son listens to this audio, and reads it on his e-reader as well. My son is an avid reader, but it takes a great book to hold his attention. By age 5, he was reading @ a 10th-grade level. I feel very much at peace knowing he is getting a well-rounded idea from all aspects, including catholicism, gnosticism, atheism and just a good old-fashioned idea of free will, along with common sense--which I hope he uses to incorporate from any/none/all of the above-mentioned -isms to mold into his own beliefs.
More humanity has been killed and maimed in the name of religion than all the world's wars combined.
This book is a must listen for anyone who has doubts about the existance of a God. masterfully narrated,
and a prime example of why I've become hooked on audio books on long automobile trips.
The narrative is a pretty good arguement, but I guess I'm not into the British accent in narration. Kind of quite and smooth. The duo aspect is refreshing.
Dawkins is one of the true treasures of our time. His intelligence compels us to do more and think more.
This is the best defense of reason that I have ever seen.
It was not that long ago in history when telling someone that "the world is round" would have been viewed as ridiculous, outrageous, or perhaps even illegal. We now take it as fact, but those earlier non-believers faced significant criticism or worse. The same is true about the earth rotating around the sun and hundreds of other facts, which we now take as facts, only because others were brave enough to oppose popular beliefs and speak the truth. Dawkins is one of those brave pioneers, who will go down in history as a bold discoverer, unafraid to passionately share his knowledge. Great interview and a classic must read book.
If you start listening to this book and don't like the tone or the approach of Richard Dawkins, don't give up on it. While the first couple of chapters seem to have no purpose other than to bash religion, the book really takes off after this and he gets into a great thought provoking groove. He makes some great points about religion, in particular how we treat our children when it comes to religion. Even if you are believer, this books is worth listening to as it has the potential to open your mind to ideas you may not have considered before.