©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)
The book was not bad, but this Author's English accent is tough to stay with, He talks too fast and with the accent, couldn't understand half of what he was saying.
I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. Hitch is simply one of the most eloquent writers around. The fact that this book is also narrated by him just makes it a pleasure to listen to. It's also rather sad hearing it in his own voice considering his recent death.
He is a passionate writer and while he has a number of views I disagree with in general, this book expresses my own opinions in ways I only wish I could.
His command of English and his almost encyclopedic knowledge make for a fantastic book.
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Its too bad we're down a Hitchens in this world. Unabashedly, he wasn't afraid to take on unpopular stances: Diana was a spoiled brat, Mother Teresa was had a disdain for the poor, and the Iraq war was just. I certainly don't agree with everything he had to say, but I do when it comes to this book. Admittedly I've read Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins as well, and best am described as a firebrand atheist, so a book like this isn't convincing me of any new "revelations". However, what Hitchens does is gives the reader (listener) an eloquent account of the misgivings of religious doctrine. Unlike say, Harris, who methodically breaks down each major religion, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, incident by incident a scholastically fashion, Hitchens flows between issues, and occasionally revisits them, displaying a natural gift for both writing and verbal.
Probably the best gift of this book, is that Hitchens narrates it himself. You can picture him with the ambers of his of a fading cigarette and and half empty martini resting near him. There's no need to imagine how Hitchens envisioned the delivery as he's there, doing it himself. Despite his under-the-breath narrative style, he's always clear and easy to understand.
Admittedly the problem with any book in this matter, his aggressive manner is sure to being offputting to the very audience he's attempting to reach but that's a separate issue of its own.
This is Hitchens at his finest, and whether you like him or loathe him, he's worthy of attention. So I'll raise a glass, and say "Thanks", I'll miss knowing I won't hear more from him.
Funny; devastating; sophisticated
Hitchens' moral and aesthetic righteousness coupled with an unparalleled erudition and wit
The one where god dies
Hitchens is smarter than you; so shut up!
I miss Christopher so much; allons travailler!
God is Not Great presents a powerful, if not compelling, rationale for why religion and fervent belief in God has caused untold damage in the world. Hitchens reveals much commonality in the Islam, Christian, and Jewish faiths and methodically takes apart their foundational basis. However, I find Hitchens' discourse to be so overly rational that it becomes almost religious-like - i.e., if you can't
Christopher Hitchens does not disappoint with this book. Whether you are a believer or non-believer, Hitchens asks questions and presents ideas that will make everyone stop and think. But not only think, but actually engage in critical thinking, though some would think that bad, is a great thing to behold. He is not offering an answer to anything, but rather suggestions on other possibilities, or at times simply pointing out the absurdity of some religious texts.
Being of the same religious convictions as Hitchens, I appreciate the overwhelming evidence of abuse, and the irrationality passed off as truth, by many proponents of organized religion. While not even handed in his approach, Hitchens is justified in the harsh portrayal of the faithful, as our
(This is not a character driven book)
His arguements are based on historical facts, and rational reasoning. It was nice that the narrator is the author as well, leaving nothing to misplaced emphasis.
The Atheist's Advocate
Personally, I prefer to criticise
Hitchens nails it on the head with his frank and unapologetic attack against religion. Funny, smart, and simply fantastic.
What an incredible listen. Everything I could say about this book has already been said and the only negative I have to say is that Christopher's voice is just low enough to be difficult to hear over the traffic so take the bass down on your stereo to compensate.
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Hitchens is a great writer and his take on religion and God is spot on. I especially loved the first few hours of this book but overall, the book definitely made several interesting points that no one ever thinks about.
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