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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas | [Ariane Sherine (editor), Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon]

The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

Here is a fantastic listen that works brilliantly alongside the massively popular The Atheist's Guide to Christmas. This Guide was edited by Ariane Sherine, who has managed to compile a wonderful concoction of the world's most entertaining writers, scientists, comedians, and philosophers to read, perform, and narrate pieces that they had all written for the print book version.
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Publisher's Summary

The Atheist's Guide to Christmas is a fantastic listen that was edited by Ariane Sherine, who started the Atheist Bus Campaign in response to an evangelical Christian bus advertisement that gave the URL of a website "telling non-Christians they would spend 'all eternity in torment in hell'."

With the backing of Richard Dawkins, officially supporting the UK's first atheist advertising initiative, Sherine managed to compile a wonderful concoction of the world's most entertaining writers, scientists, comedians, and philosophers to read, perform, and narrate pieces that they had all written for the print book, which was published on October 1, 2009. This audio version is magnificent! It's funny, uplifting, and is read by all of the book's contributors, including Derren Brown, Richard Dawkins, Mitch Benn, Ben Goldacre, Simon Le Bon, Charlie Brooker, and David Baddiel.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    James Tacoma, WA, United States 11-30-10
    James Tacoma, WA, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Can’t duplicate Brit humor"

    Great rants from our friends across the pond. As my title implies, the Brits have a patent on very good, dry humor...and is worth the time to bask in it's glory. Recommend reading!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    christopher Round O, SC, United States 10-08-10
    christopher Round O, SC, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2010

    Just an all around awesome person.

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    "Great Listen."

    This is a collection of stories, each story narrated by the person that wrote it. Some stories are better than others. Great all the way around. and so worth the 6 bucks. Keep em coming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david chesapeake, VA, United States 11-27-09
    david chesapeake, VA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2009

    I am self-absorbed and...oh wait this isn't an e-mail to my therapist. hehe I love the Science and Technology section here, it's my favorite. I hope to write my reviews at least well enough to peek the interest of a few listeners to the point where they will shift their tastes more toward educational literature, knowing that(after receiving some insight from me) they can be just as entertaining, if not more so than mainstream fiction

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    "Merry X-mas"

    I Thought this was amusing to hear stories from the lips of the people they belong to. How Christmas effected them, changed them, and the emotion and pain that came with some on the stories were enlightening.
    Those stories of the people I knew may have been more enticing then those belonging to those that I didn't know, but didn't make the stories themselves much less enjoyable.
    affordable enough to get even if you don't like it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Chittaway, Australia 08-13-10
    Scott Chittaway, Australia 08-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved it"

    A series of short stories ranging from good to excellent, but worth it alone just for Richard Dawkins' contribution. His works are always top notch and this time he is also very funny. Hilarious in fact.
    An instant favourite.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Devon, PA, USA 03-16-10
    Mike Devon, PA, USA 03-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant"

    Entertaining and thought provoking. I Thoroughly enjoyed it. A few readers were a little dry and repetitive, otherwise no complaints.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Astoria, NY, United States 01-09-12
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    What did you love best about The Atheist's Guide to Christmas?

    I love listening to people read their own work!! Especially Richard Dawkins


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Listening to people read their own words


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their tone


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    JD Thomasville, NC, United States 10-21-11
    JD Thomasville, NC, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Mixed bag"

    Most of the essays were well done with a couple of exceptions. My only real complaint has nothing to do with the content, but rather the audio quality...it was average at best on some of the essays, but on a lot of them it was horrible. It was only 5 hours so I pushed through it. Had it been a typical novel-length book, I might not have made it.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-06-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Surprisingly good"

    I listened to several audio books from Audible pertaining to atheism and this was the best by far. Educational and funny!

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  • Paul
    Leeds, UK
    1/14/11
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    "Hit and miss"

    First things first: I am an atheist, so what I thought of the book is not because I am a religious zealot of sorts.
    Anyway. Some parts are pretty pointless but reliably funny, like Brooker's. Most are witty yet provocative; others are trying way too hard, like Dawkins with his Wodehouse-esque pathhos. A couple of folks take themselves so seriously it makes you suspect they're not for real: my favorite was that Green whipping herself into such a tree-hugging frenzy about an organic Xmas (seriously), I thought she might end up having an or... organic something or other.
    So, it is a hit and miss thing. Well worth the money, I suppose, and it's for a good cause, but don't torture yourself when you hit the chapter with an old woman telling you to invite for Xmas those you can't stand (she hasn't met my aunt Sally, obviously) and to finish all alcohol in the house before going to bed so that your kids don't do it for you (she must've grown up in an interesting household), or a Bulgarian-born Kiwi enthusiastically missing the point of writing for an atheist book.
    Just skip them and go to the good ones, there are a few of those.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Monkfishkev
    UK
    12/29/10
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    "Jolly good"

    Very enjoyable collection of short contributions written and read by various non-Christian folk. Got through the entire book Christmas eve whilst wrapping gifts and preparing the turkey. The book offers a warm atmosphere and is a perfect substitute to the traditional carols at the local church. The stories are humorous and sometimes informative, which leaves the listener with plenty of Christmas facts to share around the dinner table. The only downside would be the quality of some recordings but all in all, a worthy four star listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    11/20/10
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    "No Yawn Needed!!!"

    I love Christmas. Great time for family and friends. I am also an atheist. This is a great listen unless you are a Christian like the Yawner! Some of the short essays are better than others but thats down to personal interpretation of course. However overall a delightful listen with some genuinely hilarious laugh out aloud moments -if you are an atheist and you 'get it' of course. My christmas has been made all the better for listening to this annually. Absolutly Recommended.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • M.J.
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    3/24/11
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    "Scrooge said it all... Humbug!"

    This is great fun - and the ideal gift to give to any of your friends who, like me, figure christmas to be strictly for children but not to be taken seriously. Derren Brown's take on the spirit of christmas sums it up best of all. He agrees with Richard Dawkins when he says it just doesn't need to involve god or any other spooks. Which rather resonates with my feeling that god is just Santa Clause for grown-ups and about half as credible. A host of very funny authors, all reading their own work... highly recommended. You'll love it! Unless of course you're a believer.. in god (or Santa Clause)

    Note: spelling god with a small g is entirely deliberate.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Oliver A. Godfrey
    Reading, England
    5/22/13
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    "Not bad, enjoyed."

    I'm an Atheist and wanted something to listen to to get me in the mood for Christmas. I enjoyed this, there are some better chapters than others (I suppose this is to tailor to everyone's tastes and interests)

    It goes through the points of view from different people like a Jew, Christian, someone that has the same birthday as Jesus, and general festive thoughts and rituals etc. Can be quite funny in parts, interesting in others, and not that noticeable in the rest but I generally would recommend listening to it, especially around Xmas time.

    I'm quite new to audio books but if I would recommend 1 improvement though, it would be that some of the voice overs aren't that clear (especially if you are listening in hard to hear areas like on trains). Some sound professionally recorded and others sound like it's them recording themselves talking in their bathroom on a Dictaphone. (Don't let this put you off too much though)

    Enjoy :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
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    "An introduction to Atheism"

    I read this at Christmas, which is obviously the best time to read it. I'd recently realised I was an atheist and was thinking about what that meant for Christmas and whether I was still entitled to put up a tree and have an advent calendar. I came across this by accident whilst buying the God Delusion. I read it before the God Delusion and it was a very good introduction to atheism and it was nice to have lots of people's points of view about how they celebrate Christmas and what it means to them. Some reviews have said some of the stories are worth skipping but I didn't skip any and didn't find any of them boring or without some value or insight into how they choose to live. This book won't change your life but its like having a good chat to lots of people about what they think Christmas means to them which helps you to decide what Christmas means to you. It certainly helped me get in to the festive spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silverbobbins
    UK
    1/9/13
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    "Extra fun when read by the authors."

    This was a lot of fun. I had the hardback but had never got that far in (always too much to do at Christmas!). Each section is enthusiastically read by the author and there are one or two readings with a bit extra (try the intro to the David Baddiel chapter!). The individual chapters range from the scientific to anecdotal to (slight) rant. But all very entertaining and particularly good because you can listen in bitesize chunks - perfect for a shorter commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sian
    Cleveland, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Festive fun"

    A collection of essay on nearly anything not all about religion etc. Good listen and well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    santosha
    12/23/12
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    "Funny"

    Some good stories and interesting facts all put across in the varying styles and characters of the writers. Sound could be a bit better though; quite echo-ie. all for a good cause though as the money goes to charity

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    LeedsUnited Kingdom
    12/13/09
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    "YAAAAWN!"

    Erm their next book is "Santa is dead!"

    Get over it guys - enjoy a free holiday or even better all atheists should do the work so others can have the time off :)

    Ho humbug

    6 of 93 people found this review helpful
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