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Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt | [Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins (foreword)]

Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right.
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Publisher's Summary

In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders.

Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right, including his decision to run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the state's constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office.

Candidate Without a Prayer offers an intimate portrait of a central player in today's increasingly heated culture wars. It will be sure to charm both believers and nonbelievers alike, and will lead all those who care about the separation of church and state to give thanks.

©2012 Herb Silverman and Richard Dawkins (foreword) (P)2012 Pitchstone Publishing

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    valerie Australia 04-03-13
    valerie Australia 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Quirky"

    I noticed that some other reviewers didn’t enjoy the author’s reading style so I felt compelled to write a quick review to say that I came to rather like it as the book progressed. I’m not from the US, and that may be why I often don’t connect with US narrators. To generalise rather broadly, I haven’t come across many who can convey a good range of accents and voices, and some narrators that rate highly with USans sound to me as though they’re auditioning for a super hyped up commercial. Cultural difference probably, and I could well change my mind as I consume more audiobooks. Professor Silverman’s reading style has the great virtues of being deliberate and clear, and I’m not at all sure it would have been better read by a professional. The book’s content is engaging and thought-provoking, and I enjoyed it tremendously.

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    mathmac Seattle, WA 09-01-12
    mathmac Seattle, WA 09-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    Almost never do I enjoy a narration of a book by the author. Guess I am spoiled by the stage-trained skills of people like Simon Jones and Wil Wheaton. Herb Silverman's reading of his book is not very great. But the content is funny, touching, and illuminating. I didn't know him before listening to this book but I learned a lot. This is an intellectual look at our politics and culture, mixed with the attempts of Silverman to bring a little light and education into the discussion of religious/political interactions. It is well worth listening to.

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 12-19-12
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The coolest autobiography"

    Herb Silverman's account of his life is a delight to read or hear. He sheds light on the inequality of atheists of any class or profession. That he narrated the book himself was lovely.

    Mr. Silverman had the audacity and bravery to go up against the Christian establishment. His tale is inspirational to atheists everywhere.

    I adored his humorous tale very much and look forward to more books from him in the future.

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    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-26-13
    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An Interesting Autobiography"

    Herb Silverman provides a good and reasonably-ordered autobiography for events along many branches of his life. Although not as earth shattering as I thought it might be, I did enjoy the book throughout. I do believe that the author could have chosen a better narrator, and that may have significantly improved the value of the book as entertainment.

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    Michael Friedman Delmar, NY USA 05-26-13
    Michael Friedman Delmar, NY USA 05-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not what you expect"

    Unfortunately, Mr. Silverman does not have much of a story to tell. While sold as a narration of his run for public office, this is a rather mundane biography of a Jewish boy from Philadelphia teaching in Charleston. A nice story to be sure, but not anything worth the effort. His reading style is rather poor.

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    I must have listened to at least fifty or so audiobooks from audible, but the narration on this was the worst I`ve come across. Coming home on the bus from work tonight, I was subjected to the author saying a sentence, pausing, and then saying it again before continuing! The monotone delivery and lack of passion in his voice don`t help things, and to make matters worse, it`s more of a simple autobiography than the experience of a non-believer, that part seems almost incidental. I really was expecting more, there are so many better books relating to the rejection of religious beliefs, and then don`t confuse the terminology either.

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    "Entertaining Book - Humorous and thoughtful"

    I enjoyed the story. Nicely delivered atheist views, lightly given. Nicely written style. narration generally good, but sometimes a bit slow and sounded more like somebody reading the material for the first time rather that the author.



    But I did listen to it all, and it brought many a smile to my face.

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