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God Is Not Great Audiobook

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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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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    GeoUser 01-17-15
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    "A stunning exposition of the subject."

    Hard to argue with the content which was comprehensive and well arranged. However, Hitchens gives the impression of being in a hurry to be done with the narration. He frequently speaks too quickly, and runs words together, so as to leave little time for the listener to distinguish which words were used, let alone gain an overall grasp of a passage. He also trails off his sentences, so that the last few words are often inaudible.

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    david Seattle, WA, United States 01-16-15
    david Seattle, WA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Hitch at his confident pugilistic best"

    Well researched. Well structured. Wonderfully delivered. Hitch makes the case that there is a war being fought and provides the weapons of historical understanding, reason and rationalism to arm us against superstition-based decision makers and theocracy. Better still, he leads the charge with flair and gusto.

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    Lisa L. Max 01-14-15
    Lisa L. Max 01-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Slurry delivery"

    This is an excellent book but due to Mr Hitchens love of drink, it gets a bit slurry at times. He was a brilliant man and has powerful points to share. I believe anyone looking for an analytical view on Religion need look no further. He's rather funny too!

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    Alexander M Haag 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and insightful"

    Incredibly quotable, clever, witty, ruthless. So pretty much like any Christopher Hitchens writing.

    Sadly this is his only narration.

    RIP Hitch

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    Paulo 12-31-14
    Paulo 12-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great book"

    miss Mr Hitchens, there's people that are still in need of a Hitch slap. it's quite true, religion does poison everything, but my problem is not with people of faith, but with religious people. understanding the difference is understanding one another.

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    Barbara G. Harris New Smyrna Beach, FL USA 12-24-14
    Barbara G. Harris New Smyrna Beach, FL USA 12-24-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Speech was muddled"
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyed the content of the book but I had a hard time understanding Christopher Hitchens. I thought that his speech was fast and muddled.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator


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    jonathan zinck 12-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A great read"

    I loved reading this book, I have learned even more about different belief structures then I already did.

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    Albert Sjoberg (PA) 12-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite encyclopaedic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

    I truly enjoyed listening to Christopher Hitchens reading his work. There is some of the content that I would like to look up in the sources and for that the written version allows for easier referencing.
    I am not at all disappointed that I bought this Audio book.


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

    I had read the God Delusion by Dawkins and was concerned that this would simply be a reworking of the same material. I thought God is Not Great dealt with the subject in a more approachable manner, even though the criticism is more scathing.


    What does Christopher Hitchens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The presentation makes it feel like you are sitting in a room chatting with Christopher.


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

    Incredibly difficult to single out any particular titbit. Perhaps the fact that he proves the premise of the book for every instance of "god".


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    Simon Auckland 12-11-14
    Simon Auckland 12-11-14

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    "Bitchin Hitchins"

    Certainly a good writer, but not a gifted narrator, hear pages, turn and self doubt churn.

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    trichampion 11-04-14
    trichampion 11-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful. Well crafted. Concise."
    What did you love best about God Is Not Great?

    The writing is to the point, delicately phrased, and gives the reader cutting clarity into the writer's review of religion in the world. The theme is beautifully repeated as a concluding point in various chapters--"once again, religion poisons/ruins everything."


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The music held such an eerie yet peaceful mood between chapters.


    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    Amazing speaker. Love hearing his work in his own words. The only frustrating part was that I struggled to hear him clearly at times--only when he spoke partcidularly fast. But that in no way took away from the fantastic content.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made my brain juices dance with knowledge.


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