This is a *must read* for atheists, theists, and on-the-fencers. If you're religious and have ever wondered why we atheists are so angry, read or listen to this book. If you are an atheist and have trouble articulating your reasons for being angry, read or listen to this book; it will help you state your argument better.
Evidently, this audio book is one long list of things that Greta is angry about. I too am an atheist, but I'm not angry or even sorry. Sure, I am tired of Christians (theists) flaunting their religion in my face and I too am tired of seeing the cross displayed as a piece of jewelry (this was an instrument used for torture and death, if not performed on Jesus then it was most certainly inflicted on countless others), however, it doesn't make me angry, just sad. I am sad that so many people claim to follow a man known only as Jesus, a man that nobody can prove even existed, and yet these same people can vanquish all other non-believers to eternal hell and torment while they, in turn, will enjoy every imaginable luxury in heaven. How dare they. However, with this said, it's still a sad excuse for a book simply to lists all the things that makes one angry. I am sorry that I could only listen to 20 minutes of this book before turning it off. Enjoy yourself Greta.
I am an atheist but couldn't finish this very depressing book. I didn't want to spend my time listening to a lot of lists of various headlines of people doing bad things. I had hoped it would have been a little more informative, not boring. Her voice was irritating too. Anyone who is an atheist already knows all this stuff.
The book is pretty much a rant. I was really disappointed that Ms Christina was not able to put together a coherent world view. She ascribed anything that she didn't agree with to those "horrible" Christians, indicating that she really understands nothing about Christians.
It is unlikely that I would ever knowingly listen to Ms Christina again.
The three words that best describe Greta Chistina's performance, in my opinion, are: ranting, disjointed, and, frankly, ignorant, in that she does not seem to know the Christian doctrines she takes issue with.
Overall this book generated disappointment in that I expected a coherent understanding of the atheists' viewpoints. Instead I discovered that this atheist, at least, is as unclear about what she believes as she is about what others believe.
The author; reading her own work, does a good job with pacing, diction, enunciation, and so on, which (as someone hearing-impaired) I appreciate.
However, she has one particular tic which started as a minor distraction, but soon came to dominate my perception of her narration: she laugh-talks when making emphasis. She seems to believe that this is a form of self-deprecation (and she says as much), but instead she uses it as a way of expressing emotional connection to the message. This might not have been so bothersome if it were not for the fact that she consistently laughs (literally) any time she makes mention of something that she believes is so obvious that it doesn't bear mentioning, and any time she mentions anything with which she doesn't agree politically. This significantly weakens her arguments when it is used, as it comes across that, instead of using facts, she is using mockery to try to score points.
After an excellent introduction and initial chapter, in which her political leanings (firmly Liberal, in the U.S. definition) appear only on occasion and do not significantly change the argument, the book moves slowly but steadily downhill. After she makes a good mention about how one's own personal politics are a common area of strongly-held (and it is implied, often irrational) beliefs that can interfere with one's perception of reality, she begins a pattern of adulterating many of her arguments with her own political tenets, all of these stated uncritically, and many of them of arguable veracity. Such incursions are not omnipresent, but they appear at regular intervals, and increase in frequency as the book progresses. What would otherwise be a strong collection of arguments is therefore weakened significantly, to the point that I think anyone not agreeing with her specific political point of view will find the book off-putting. Since she explicitly states a desire to persuade people, she should have left the political dogma out.
The author's narration only heightens the jarring nature of these ideological intrusions, as she reserves her strongest laughter for those moments when she is bringing her political views to the fore, underlining the perception that all she has to back these assertions is mockery.
Still, the first chapter is extremely good and thoroughly researched, and stands out as the strongest part of the work. If she'd kept more to facts and less to opinion in the rest of the book, it would certainly have rated higher, but the best I can give it now is 3 stars.
When commuting to and from work about 2 hours daily, and while doing the more basic functions of my job, a good audiobook provides the pace.
I finished this in a day and a half, if my boss wasn't so adamant about me doing my job I would have finished on the first day.
The author does a great job expressing the frustration of dealing with a magical thinking world, while respecting those still caught in it's vortex of immoral non-consistent and out-right harmful doctrine and dogma.
Slick Arguments from atheist activists, title is deceptively brilliant as I got the intent wrong the first time I saw it. The content is profoundly economized to make the point. I would recommend this to anyone disturbed or a scholar of things about theism and atheism.
For somebody who never heard of Atheism before it will be a nice introduction