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God Is Not Great Audiobook

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Astute critic and biographer Christopher Hitchens comes out swinging in this—dare I say it—enjoyable discussion of religions worldwide. Believers and nonbelievers alike will find value in listening to this provocative book that comes at a time when people the world over are reeling from news of terrorist acts inspired by religious fundamentalism. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have trod this road in recent years, but it is Hitchens who achieves the most memorable exploration. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent 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 view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty of the double helix.

©2007 Christopher Hitchens; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos." (Publishers Weekly)
"Effortlessly witty and entertaining as well as utterly rational." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Kevin M. 10-03-15
    Kevin M. 10-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    love it. Hearing Hitch read it was the best part of the entire experience. I would recommend this to everyone.

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    Gary Gothenburg, Sweden 09-30-15
    Gary Gothenburg, Sweden 09-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A true hero of humanity. Such a loss."

    We need many more like him who can so eloquently lead the way out of the darkness.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 09-27-15
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 09-27-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Great book, lots of food for thought."

    This is brilliant and should be required reading for every child in middle to late high school/early university. It makes so much sense and brings up some very interesting ideas. When Mr. Hitchens passed away the world lost a man of real substance. I mourn his loss. The only reason I did not give this book five stars across the board was Mr. Hitchens reading. If you are not used to the Cambridge accent and the trailing away at the end of sentences this narration can at times be hard to follow. But I encourage any person thinking about religion, churches and belief systems to read or listen to this book.

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    Rob Wirt 09-24-15
    Rob Wirt 09-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking"

    Loved the content but at times I had a hard time understanding the narrator due to his deep voice and accent.

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    CMT 09-21-15
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    "Thought provoking"

    Articulate and thought provoking. Very interesting to hear it being read by the author himself.

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    Erin Riggs 09-18-15
    Erin Riggs 09-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Realistic look at religion"

    I Highly recommend this book. It reveals how truly violent, intellectually stifling and blind religious leaders want their followers to act.

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    Eric Walton 09-16-15
    Eric Walton 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Witty and insightful"

    The inimitable and indomitable Christopher Hitchens exposes religion for the childish nonsense that it is, and does so with characteristic poignancy and reason.

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    Rebecca 09-14-15
    Rebecca 09-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a good recording"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the sound engineering on this recording were better, it would be 1) intelligible, and 2) enjoyable. Hitchens is a better writer than he is a recording artist. It is nearly impossible to hear the recording when listening in the car because of the unevenness of the sound levels coupled with his British accent. The accent alone is charming, but only when the voice is audible.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hitchens' arguments for the negative influence of religion are compelling and, in my mind, spot on. I'd like to be able to hear more, and will probably get the print copy at some point.


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    Jeannie Marcus 09-07-15
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would get another reader. It is read by the author who is English with a thick accent. This is hard to my American English ears. Also his cadence is uneven at times reading something too fast that it was hard to catch what he was saying.
    The content of the book was fine.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Hitchens? Why or why not?

    Depends on who is reading it. If he is reading it, then no.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Hitchens’s performances?

    Definitely not. I tried this one for 6 chapters and then gave up.


    Could you see God Is Not Great being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I can't see it as a movie or TV series.


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    Leslie Vaughn 08-23-15
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    "Get a different reader."
    What did you like best about God Is Not Great? What did you like least?

    I liked the analogies and experience the author has had. He gives a great argument for the cause.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was difficult to understand because the narrator, who also happens to be the author, spoke quickly, mumbled, and had an English accent. That made for an unpleasant experience.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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