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God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything | [Christopher Hitchens]

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

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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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    brett Nagano City, Japan 08-17-11
    brett Nagano City, Japan 08-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Brett"

    Well researched book, but very boring. I like the author debating people but by him self this 8 plus hours is very much an intellectual drone non stop.

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    Fran San Francisco 08-02-11
    Fran San Francisco 08-02-11
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    "Needs New Narrator"

    This well written and thought provoking book needs to be read. The author is a poor narrator. He speaks too fast, and not very clearly. Read the book, but don't try to listen to Hitchens narrate it. This book deserves to be redone with a professional narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Vienna, VA, United States 10-02-10
    Laurie Vienna, VA, United States 10-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Got the point, but is perhaps overkill in audio..."

    Hitchens makes his point well, although I actually don't agree with it all, but I am not sure that I needed to listen to this book, I think I would have enjoyed it more as a read. Still, worthy subject, good author and nice voice.

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    Eric Livingston 03-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good context but hard to listen to"

    It felt like the author was reading something he hadnt read before...kind of detached from the subject. It was also difficult to understand him at times (fades of at the end of sentences). I preffered The God Dillusion...

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    Dennis Looman 10-12-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Incomprehensible"

    The parts of the book I could hear clearly were very good if not excellent. He should have had someone else narrate it though. His accent is very thick and the words all run together.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 04-03-09
    Nathalie Saint-Marc, QC, Canada 04-03-09 Member Since 2008

    I never go jogging (or walking!) without my Audible book!

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    "God is not great - could be great if read legibly"

    This book could have been good but it is read much too fast(especially a subject such as this one). The listener does not have time to assimilate what is said. Mr Hitchens often mumbles and finishes his sentences in such a low tone that we don't understand what he is reading.
    I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if read more slowly and clearly.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada 01-23-09
    Paul Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada 01-23-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Unlistenable"

    Apparently, it was a huge mistake for Christopher Hitchens to read his own book. He reads well enough, but he so dramatically raises and lowers the volume of his voice that it is literally impossible for me to set this audiobook at a comfortable level. If I set it low enough to avoid blowing out my eardrums, I cannot hear the words he mumbles quietly. If I set it high enough to hear what he is mumbling, his louder speaking is so loud as to inflict physical pain upon my eardrums.

    There is a reason that writers write, and readers read. Please: have Christopher Hurt or Stefan Rudnicki read this book, and then offer a free replacement of the Hitchens version. Please. I'm begging you. It's that bad.

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    Allen Larchmont, NY, USA 10-12-08
    Allen Larchmont, NY, USA 10-12-08
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    "Hitchens Is Not Great Either"

    As an atheist I rather looked forward to Hitchens discourse. As someone educated in Physics and a fan of Einstein, I was greatly disappointed by chapter 6 in which Hitchens claimed that a 1913 observation of the bending of light around the sun proved the theory of General Relativity. This is not correct on several levels. While a 1913 observation had been proposed, events in WWI interfered with their being carried out. Had the 1913 observation been made it would have disproved Einstein. This was due to a simple mathematical error in Einstein's calculations - he was off by a factor of 2 - which he corrected a few years later. At least Einstein was humble. The first expedition to attempt an observation of light bending was undertaken in 1919 by Sir Arthur Eddington. Although, historically, this 1919 observation has been taken as the first evidence of Einstein's theory, recently the 1919 observation has been cast into doubt. It seems the portable telescope used to make the 1919 observation was not sufficiently accurate to produce a scientific confirmation. Later observations, though, were able to confirm Einsteins theory. Since, in chapter 1, Hitchens makes a big deal about how well-read he is on the subjects of his discourse, I am taken aback by this easily checkable falsity that survived into the audio edition, one hopes facts are better substantiated in the print edition.

    Other than the above I find Hitchen's prose was overly stuffy and his narration has the annoying tendency of trailing off into a mumble at the ends of sentences. I found I had to rewind frequently to get the full pomposity of the verbosity.

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    Steve Provo, UT, USA 10-28-07
    Steve Provo, UT, USA 10-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "God is not Great"

    The book is not much more than a tedious rant. While the author's points are reasonably well supported, the same point seems to be made over and over again. Surely it must tickle the ear of the confirmed unbeliever, but to someone honestly looking for an understanding of the atheist point of view -- well, it's just a tedious rant.

    6 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Salvador Sylmar, Ca, United States 12-11-13
    Salvador Sylmar, Ca, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone can follow an Irish/British accent speaking in a low, mumbling voice.


    Has God Is Not Great turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I wouldn't know since I have not read the book. Listening to it? Who know what this guy is saying?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Hitchens?

    Anyone else, even my drunk neighbor would have sounded better. I blame the people who recorded the author. He should have been told that although he may be a great writer, he in a poor narrator. At the very least, someone should have told him to speak clearly and maintain his volume during the whole sentence. This guy spoke as if he was chatting with someone in a living room. I swear this guys slurs his words and is volume drops off a lot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from God Is Not Great?

    I wouldn't know till I buy the printed version,


    Any additional comments?

    Shame on the person who recorded this and just let this guy go on. Listeners pay good money for a clear and professional orator. Waste of money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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