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Ross

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  • God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

    Mark says: "God is not great is great"
    "A great book ruined in the reading"
    Overall

    This is a brilliant book, very well written. It brings up a lot of great points, and delivers them in a witty, though at times arrogant, way. I would recommend it as a book to read for anyone who questions the validity and "virtue" of blind faith in religion. So much so that, having already paid for this audio version, I will likely buy a copy of the book as well.

    However, Christopher Hitchens should definitely have let someone else do the reading for this audio version. His reading is monotonous, his enunciation is inconsistent; it just seems he's not putting in much effort. My biggest peeve here is that he seems to rush through a series of 10-15 words, then pause randomly, often at completely inappropriate points in a sentence, making listening to it far more difficult. At times he even borders on slurring his words which, when the wording is as complex as it is here, is unforgivable.

    Christopher Hitchens, why oh why did you do this reading yourself? Your reading doesn't draw us in to your arguments, but instead makes us feel as bored as you clearly were in that sound-booth. You are a brilliant man, and a brilliant writer, PLEASE let someone read your books to us in a way that does justice to your writing; their fee will be worth every penny.

    The book itself gets 5 stars from me, but the reading brings that down to 2 for this audio version. Buy the book instead, you'll get a LOT more out of it.

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  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1327)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Very interesting, highly recommend"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're at all interested in probability, statistics, and how they relate to everyday life, this book is a must-read. There's a lot of information that will make you look at day-to-day decisions, outcomes, and happenstance in an entirely different way.

    Leonard Mlodinow is a brilliant man, and here he's delivered an important and complex subject in a very interesting, easy to understand, and compelling way. I found the explanations of theory to be very well thought-out, and the real-world examples to be at once familiar and thought-provoking.

    I also think Sean Pratt's delivery was really well done; it took me a little while to get comfortable with (no particular reason), but once I was I found myself drawn into the narration and story completely.

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  • The God Delusion

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Amazon Customer says: "awesome, i listened to it 3 times in a row!"
    "Perhaps the quintessential book on atheism"
    Overall

    This book is fantastic, and outlines some of the most interesting points of the debate on theism. Dawkins has written a brilliant book, and he and Lalla Ward have read it here really well. I was drawn in at every turn, and I'd gladly listen to this more than once.

    When I first downloaded this version, I didn't realise it was abridged, so I'm not sure how much of the unabridged version we're missing here. Nevertheless as it stands here, this book is a really great listen, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

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