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God Is Not Great Audiobook

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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.
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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)

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    Louise McMurr Texas,USA 08-12-13
    Louise McMurr Texas,USA 08-12-13 Member Since 2016

    "I don't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones" - John Cage

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    What made the experience of listening to God Is Not Great the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare God Is Not Great to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not really any "scenes" in this book - but a lot of interesting information.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How God Religion Poisons Everything


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 08-08-13
    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 08-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    P. Smith 07-07-13
    P. Smith 07-07-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Uplifting and honest"
    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they 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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

    "You will feel better, I guarantee, once you let go of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking."


    Did Christopher Hitchens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    A. Hartwig iowa city, ia United States 03-31-13
    A. Hartwig iowa city, ia United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A classic that everyone should read once."
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

    Hitch is a very good reader & since he's not with us any more, it's powerful to hear him narrate his book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

    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.


    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    His personality & intelligence shine through.


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    W. Myers Chicago, IL USA 03-14-13
    W. Myers Chicago, IL USA 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not to be missed!"

    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.

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    PR2010 03-06-13
    PR2010 03-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I just could not hear the narrator."
    Would you try another book from Christopher Hitchens and/or Christopher Hitchens?

    I would only try it if it was narrated by someone else.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It sounded like a good book but again the narration made it difficult to follow.


    What character would you cut from God Is Not Great?

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    Any additional comments?

    I would like to read the hard copy.

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    Nicholas CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, United States 03-05-13
    Nicholas CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, United States 03-05-13
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    "Great content, sort of tough listen"

    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.

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    Derna Williams, Australia 02-19-13
    Derna Williams, Australia 02-19-13
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    "Sound levels were not cool"
    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

    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!


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    Jay M Sun prairie, WI, United States 01-27-13
    Jay M Sun prairie, WI, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellently written, narrative sometimes confusing"
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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...


    Would you recommend God Is Not Great to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend the paper version of the book. But I found the audiobook hard to follow at times.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There were some interesting historical accounts.


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    bbossom Yokohama, Japan 01-19-13
    bbossom Yokohama, Japan 01-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Convincing"
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty much near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clarity of the logic, and the obvious research that had been done


    What three words best describe Christopher Hitchens’s performance?

    Witty, authoritative, mumbled.


    Any additional comments?

    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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