©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)
If you're at all interested in Hitchens, listen to the stuff he narrates himself, including this. I don't get those who complain about his narration: his personal delivery is an important part of the experience, and thrilling in itself, in my view. This comment especially to those such as me who think in an American accent.
It is surprising to me that Audible does not let you search specifically for work narrated by the author. I've suggested it it to them, and it would be incredibly easy to implement. There must be others who would appreciate such a function. Audible will have observed that in-person readings by the author can be well attended. If you agree, please write to Audible as well.
Straightforward, Honest, Unafraid
A somewhat more cynical author than Dawkins, this Author does pay a bit more attention to history and social situations. His personal experiences are varied and amazing. You could never call this man a coward, that much is for sure.
I wish Hitchens would have brought in a second narrator, as it sometimes was necessary to rewind sections to make sure I understood who was saying what. Quotes could get a bit tricky.
Including myself in the group called atheists, I found Hitchen's intellectual rant against various religions a great read. I don't imagine Christians would even read this, but I wish they would, to experience how ridiculous religion sounds to those of us without benefit of the irrationality of faith. Hitchen's speciality comes from his long instruction in Christianity, which means most of his focus is on that branch of mysticism, but he also delves with gusto into Islam and other faiths. I feel he could say more about Hinduism, which I have always found especially suspect, requiring as it does that only the high class "Brahmin" are allowed to learn the sacred texts written in Sanskrit, and the poor underclasses may only gain their understanding through the self-interested pronouncements of the upper class (I learned this from an Indian officemate of mine, who was himself Brahmin, and clearly had relished his position back in India). But Hitchen's welcome evisceration of Christianity stands as a monument for the rest of us looking for logical thought in a world of fervent, dogmatic religious nonsense.
As for the narration, it is poor. I listen to audiobooks in my car, and if I listened to this in the silence of a library (or using noise-cancelling headphones, which are illegal for drivers in my state), I would enjoy much more Hitchen's sonorous British accent. But listening to it in my car (as most audiobook listeners do, I imagine), I could only understand about 80% of this. His jet-engine-booms would start out, drifting into a church-mouse-mumble at the end of most sentences. Very frustrating when you're trying to follow the point of an especially delicate argument. I suggest putting your player on very high volume, and trying to survive the shouts so you can hear the whispers.
Yes I would, for the message is a powerful one
The part about the idioligy behind circumcision and how disgusting the practice is
How religions end
For sure, one of the most significant works of atheistic literature
Glass blower and computer tech
Makes many great points. Listening to an imaginary being that tells you what you want to hear is dangerous most of all when you forget it is really just you talking.
Also Santa Claus is not real either. Please for the love of good wake up people.
The performance was good, however the narrator kept fading out, i feel like there was no good volume to listen to this book at. At times even when it was loud, i couldn't understand a thing he was saying. His British accent was fine, but he sounded out of breath at times.
With that said, i liked the book.
No. It's such a chore to understand the author's narration that it makes comprehending what he is trying to say almost impossible.
Anyone who speaks clearly.
clear, concise, funny, scary,intelligent,,i could go on, so smiply ill just say hitch was a king among men and this is a great book.
Hitchens has really researched the topic of religion very well and brings proof that it really does poison everything.
The depth at which all religions are examined and the damage they do to our world.
Hitchens narrates very well and is able to cover a very wide array of topics.
How religion poisons everything.
Eye opening! Mr. Hitchens approaches the taboo of religious discord with vigor. He is fearless in his attempt to right the wrong that many religions pervade upon society.
The honest approach at disclosure
Each paragraph was compelling. This book has to be taken in its entirety.
Unfortunately, I just discovered Christopher Hitchens. My only regret is not knowing about his works years ago!
"A Great Work of Truth"
A great book read by the man himself. Today is a sad day indeed.
....One of my first audiobooks and still one of my favourites.
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