Again, Harris hits home with a direct address to the true, uncompromising Evangel-American. His tone is pleasant, fair, and startlingly uncompromising.
This couldn't be much more timely and relevant.
The narration is smooth and crisp.
I found the reading choppy, read as though the text were arranged in blank verse, such that the reader had to break the flow of the reading every so many syllables, regardless of whatever punctuation marks or grammatical context were provided by the author. There were also a couple of repetitions and a number of mispronunciations. All this did not stop me from enjoying the reading, it is such a great book.
I find Sam Harris to be the most rational, fair-minded, and concise of the "four musketeers" of 21st Century Atheism. If any of these anti-religious notables has the courage to break stereotypes and stick to crucial issues, it is Harris. His focus on morality and attention to logic are stunning. His concessions to eastern mysticism may rub against the grain of the noble thrust the equal-opportunity offender Hitchens, but Harris is just following a line of thinking "faithfully".
Harris is remarkably fair-minded for a wrecking ball.
The narration is perhaps a little too sharp in tone, but very clear and listenable.
Hitchens is brilliant, and funny as well. I truly enjoyed his little jabs that are sometimes so subtle that one wonders whether he intended any injury, however slight. His references to solipsism are "spot on", as is much of what he says. He's a splendid example of a British wit, yet a man who is concerned, in his deceptively casual manner, with the rise of religious extremism in America and the world.
Though I continue to find points of light in religion, I insist that what Hitchens and his fellow post-911 atheists (esp. Harris) have to say.
My only objection is to his narration. I appreciate the privelege to hear the author narrate, and his voice does not annoy, but his casual intonation and lack of clarity make him hard to understand at times. I just heard Hitchens interviewed today, and curiously, I think his delivery was clearer. Perhaps the chore of narration bored him a bit. Of course it's the duty of an Englishman to sound bored, so who knows?
In any case, I enjoyed the audiobook immensely, but I may have enjoyed the printed book a bit more.
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