©2007 Christopher Hitchens; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"The best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos." (Publishers Weekly)
"Effortlessly witty and entertaining as well as utterly rational." (Booklist)
"I don't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones" - John Cage
Hitchens is brilliant, that is undoubted. I always appreciate when an author does his own readings; I think it allows the listen to hear the intended inflection and emphasis of the writings that someone else is merely assuming.
I think anyone reading/listening should also listen to God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and read Atheism The Case Against God by George H Smith.
Not really any "scenes" in this book - but a lot of interesting information.
How God Religion Poisons Everything
This will give you plenty of reasons to doubt if you are a believer or it will piss you off. If you are already an atheist, then you might feel confirmed in Hitchens remarks.
Not your typical exploration of why a belief in God might be illogical or unsupported, a much more thorough and unique look at what the ramifications of religion can be.
Masterpiece for the secular mind. Thorough documentation throughout. The complete dissection of the various arguments for the existence of God is wonderful. Told in an uplifting manner, with a British humorous twist. If you are on the fence re religion, it will give you much to think about. If you are a committed secularist, it will give you much ammunition. If you are a religious devotee, it will either drive you crazy or open your mind.
"You will feel better, I guarantee, once you let go of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking."
With his British accent, and significant modulation in speed and volume, some parts were a little hard to understand in a car. Best listened to with headphones.
Hitch is a very good reader & since he's not with us any more, it's powerful to hear him narrate his book.
The tidbits about Joseph Smith (Mormonism) are funny & devastating.
His comments on the Arabic language & how that impacts the Korans message were new to me.
His personality & intelligence shine through.
Another terrific, insightful and well-researched work by the late Christopher Hitchens. The fact that Mr. Hitchens narrates it himself makes this purchase all the more rewarding.
I would only try it if it was narrated by someone else.
It sounded like a good book but again the narration made it difficult to follow.
I would like to read the hard copy.
I consider myself a pretty smart fellow, but this book challenged every aspect of my intellect. His vocabulary is vast and he's not afraid to use it. That along with his accent made the book a little difficult to listen to in short increments (i needed to be fully invested). I found myself needing total silence as well due to the varying voice levels as well. The content is unrivaled, humorous, and even mildly enlightening. God is not Great was a very good listen and I will listen or read more Christopher Hitchens in the future.
The authors voice and accent are charming, but some decent volume editing software would've really made this alot better. Can't hear some, turn it up..... BLAM!! Shouting and bruised brain!
Great book... But although I love Christopher Hitchens, I feel he is best either read, or listened to in a live format, and did not make a very easily followed narrator...
I would definitely recommend the paper version of the book. But I found the audiobook hard to follow at times.
I think the combination of his accent, the way he words things, and the fact that he was reading from a script made the experience a bit unnatural feeling for me. I think Christopher Hitchens is best listened to in his debates and interviews, or by actually reading his books.
There were some interesting historical accounts.
Pretty much near the top
The clarity of the logic, and the obvious research that had been done
Witty, authoritative, mumbled.
I liked listening to Hitchens read the book, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. But he does speak quickly and almost mumbles sometimes, which, combined with his English accent, made it a bit difficult to catch some things he was saying. I had to concentrate more than I might otherwise have needed to. But that is the only criticism of this book, and in any case, it needed to be read by him.
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