Brilliant, courageous and rational.
The content and performance of the God Delusion are both excellent. The case Dawkins makes against the existence of God is scientific, logical and easy to understand. The use of two narrators (Dawkins and Ward), was particularly effective. As a listener, I found that toggling back and forth between readers helped my concentration and understanding of the text. Overall, a very worthwhile listen.
Dawkins has written many books related to evolutionary biology and this is a great introduction/overview of his views on his work and how it relates to popular opinion on the subject. There is no doubting where he stands on the atheist-religious person spectrum (he lays that out in the beginning along with his definitions of the spectrum of belief systems in between.
He doesn't beat around the bush in saying that people who are religious are basically believing in nonsense so if you are very strong in your beliefs/faith, and associate more with outspoken christians, this book may get you riled up. But I think the book offers a lot to everyone else in terms of the religion's hold on society, including suggestions to explain the following:
Why do so many cultures believe there is a God if it's not true that one exists?
Where did the universe come from?
What is the history behind some of the stories in the bible?
Do these stories in the bible stand up to fact-checking and/or do they each contradict each other?
Where do I lay on the religious spectrum?
How does the theory of evolution by natural selection relate to religion?
How have political leaders through century of history spoken about and related to religion?
How has religion changed over the millenia and how will it continue to change?
The only criticism I have about the book is the performance. There are two voices, a male voice and a female voice who routinely switch back and forth in the narration - sometimes in the middle of a sentence. This is particularly distracting in the beginning when you're trying to get used to the narration itself. Also, the two voices are extremely different on the tonal spectrum so it's diffiult to switch hearing ears. It wasn't until close to the middle of the book that I got used to it.
A 30 Year old male with interests in Media, Digital Art, online businesses and running
You don't have to be an atheist to enjoy this book, but if you're extremely religious and don't keep an open mind to other possibilities this book might offend you. This book tries to convey different reasons why religion could be a bad thing. argues the non-existence of god and tackles the misconception that morals are derived only from religion. I have listened to a couple of audio books read by Richard Dawkins and Lala Ward and never liked there style of presentation, but the content of the book is worth it.
If you're extremely religious and don't keep an open mind to other possibilities this book might offend you.
Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio
Richard is far and away one of the smartest people on the planet
No, in fact, it's turned me on to more Richard Dawkins books.
The material is so deep and thick, I don't know if I would have been able to read it as a book. Hearing them speak the words and place emphasis where it needed to be and pause when it needed it was invaluable.
Intelligence over fantasy
The use of two readers was irritating. Had just the man read, I'd give the performance 4 or 5 stars. Just the woman, 3 stars. Together, bouncing back and forth, 1 star. Still glad I listened. Certainly worth the time!
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.