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  • The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Darrel Ray
    • Narrated By Darrel Ray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest, or imam said was unexplainable. Before the germ, viral, and parasite theory of disease, physicians had no tools to understand disease and its propagation.

    Donovan Baker says: "A Viral Metaphor with Evidence"
    "Well Written, Adequately Read, & Attn Grabbing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because it offers insightful commentary into how religion as a homogenous almost sentient hive mind functions in the modern world, and why it effects so many people's lives so much. I would at the very least give this book a once over listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator has a very pleasant southernly voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me reconsider my worldview on religion by giving new spins of perspective on the topic.


    Any additional comments?

    There are points in the reading where he stutters, or has to reread certain sentences, but these are far and few between and don't take the listener out of the book too much. The beginning of the book makes the premise that religion is a virus, and begins to compare biological viruses with mental viruses. This premise was shaky for me at first, but once the ball got rolling, he carried his points well and thoroughly. The personal stories and interesting side facts (especially about the airfields that islanders built to attract cargo planes) made this book much more gripping. I give it an overall 4.5/5

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