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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

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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    Doug conway, AR, United States 12-31-11
    Doug conway, AR, United States 12-31-11

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    What would have made God Is Not Great better?

    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.


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    Gav Paddington, Australia 12-28-11
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    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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    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 12-20-11
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Verbose and witty"

    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.

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    lyndon DENVER, CO, United States 12-19-11
    lyndon DENVER, CO, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Hitchens is GREAT"
    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

    Funny; devastating; sophisticated


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hitchens' moral and aesthetic righteousness coupled with an unparalleled erudition and wit


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where god dies


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

    Hitchens is smarter than you; so shut up!


    Any additional comments?

    I miss Christopher so much; allons travailler!

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    Bob Mount Shasta, CA, United States 12-12-11
    Bob Mount Shasta, CA, United States 12-12-11
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    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

    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


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    Drew Crawfordsville, IN, United States 12-07-11
    Drew Crawfordsville, IN, United States 12-07-11
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    "Something that everyone should listen to"

    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.

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    Dan London, ON, Canada 12-06-11
    Dan London, ON, Canada 12-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    (This is not a character driven book)


    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could give God Is Not Great a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Atheist's Advocate


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I prefer to criticise

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    Dedan Killeen, TX, United States 11-23-11
    Dedan Killeen, TX, United States 11-23-11
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    "Hitchslaps All Around"

    Hitchens nails it on the head with his frank and unapologetic attack against religion. Funny, smart, and simply fantastic.

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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 09-08-11
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Spectacular!"

    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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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-23-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-23-11 Member Since 2010

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    "A Great Book"

    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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