©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 am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
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.
I Highly recommend this book. It reveals how truly violent, intellectually stifling and blind religious leaders want their followers to act.
The inimitable and indomitable Christopher Hitchens exposes religion for the childish nonsense that it is, and does so with characteristic poignancy and reason.
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.
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.
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.
Depends on who is reading it. If he is reading it, then no.
Definitely not. I tried this one for 6 chapters and then gave up.
No, I can't see it as a movie or TV series.
I liked the analogies and experience the author has had. He gives a great argument for the cause.
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.
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