Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
Reserving 1 star for narration so bad it is unlistenable, I give this audio version of "The God Delusion" 2 stars for narration due to the terrible decision to feature two narrators, the author himself and Lalla Ward. What on earth inspired the producers to take the approach of having the two of them share the narration in back and forth style, I don't know, but the style offers much in the way of jarring distraction without anything at all on the positive side.
What saves the book and makes it listenable is that the ideas within are compelling. All in all, an audiobook to listen to despite the narration, which I hated.
Did I mention that I hated the narration?
Yes, overall the work is well done.
The authors/ narrators were level-headed.
They clearly engage the material and believe what they say. They clearly enjoyed explaining their beliefs, and their facts are genuinely robust and have high validity.
I can't, and that's a good thing since I'm not able to come up with anything.
I wish the authors would have referred to content in upcoming chapters less. It seemed like they overdid this as I recall often hearing "in chapter five we'll talk about 'x', and in chapter seven we'll talk about 'y,' after talking about 'w' in chapter four." There is a place to do this regularly, the preface or first chapter of a book, and, even then, isn't always necessary. Yet, the authors seemed to do this in every chapter but the last, which became annoying, fast.
It was interesting at times and a little boring in others. I think the author didn't do a great job putting a book together. He used too many quotes from people although at times that made his point well. I agreed with just about everything in the book and just found myself nodding along frequently. I don't think this book would do much to persuade people one way or another but hopefully those it reaches will at least cause those people to think.
This was an amazingly enriching, REFRESHING, logical, and beautifully written book and I am so grateful to have it in my library.
I come from a very strict religious background and I'm not ashamed to say that the title scared me some but I am so glad I got over it enough to give this book a chance!! It tore my brain open!!
I didn't agree with everything said but I definitely have new tools now, new knowledge and understanding, and AWARENESS...
Thank you so much Mr. Richard Dawkins, and Mrs. Lalla Ward, your voice is whimsical and made of awesome :)
The narration definitely did not grab me and they spent way too much time on obscure comparisons that were, on the whole, pretty weak rebuttals of very weak religious arguments. The whole narration felt very dated.
Would have a single narrator and somebody with a little more presence
The subject matter itself was interesting and there were a few good arguments that I could use as take-aways from the book but they were few and far between
Was disappointed with the book and stopped 3/4 of the way through. I may continue listening at some point but that in not guaranteed. The sad thing is that they did not have to work very hard to keep my interest as I already believe in their premise, just were not able to do it.
Douglas Gasking for his reversal of the ontological argument.
The two person narrative adds a lot to the listening experience, breaks up the story, and offers a pleasant means to switch or quote the characters.
A film the religious should never see...
No, the written is superior. Even after more than on full listen, the tight editing/transitions between Lalla and Richard is quite jarring. I thought I would get used to it after an hour or two. I didn't.
The in-depth breakdown of each of the tenants of peoples beliefe of religion.
Some of the condescending attitude that comes off in some of the ways in which he'd address topics of belief.
That was the best title, certainly explains the tone for which the 'believers' are given throughout the book. I am an atheist myself and thought it a bit silly how goofy/disrespectful he makes out peoples beliefs at certain parts. However it's a long book and not filled with negative talk, just some of the points that stick out in my book. The book itself is very civil.
Maybe. It was a good book, but I felt it was argumentative at many points. That would be a huge turnoff for believers. There were many great points and several chapters that were well phrased and enlightening.
I don't think another speaker would have done it justice. It brought a personal view.
No, it's much too long and can only be consumed in small amounts.
Dawkins presents a thorough and convincing argument about the absurdity of religion though not necessarily in a manner that would be accessible to all educational levels. Some of the chapters are magnificent while others make me wonder whether while in his biology tangents he forgot that he was writing about religion. All in all, a well researched book that cites numerous sources so the reader does not have to take his word on faith (unlike one other well published work of fiction).