©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)
I don't think it was a time well spent listening to this audiobook. I must say that English is my second language and I had trouble understanding what he was saying. I ended up going to the library and reading the book as I listed the book. Sometimes, it sounded like he was drunk.
I think it is an eye opener. I learned new things about the history of religion
I don't think the narration matched the pace of the story.
Yes, the book woke up my desire to learn more about history and the human condition. It inspire me to create my own purpose in life.
Yes, Hearing Christopher Hitchens' masterpiece in his own, amazing speaking voice is very worthwhile addition to this great piece of work.
No characters not being a novel, but favorite chapter is "is religion Child abuse", a very thought compelling pro life argument not stemming from religion, but from science and the rules of logic
He is literally one of the most prolific public speakers of the recent past,and for good reason his and amazing luscious voice, brilliant vocabulary make this a fabulous combination. You can tell he seems to be enjoying the thought of people listening to him speak.
The Anti-viral for the ultimate virus
Excellent read, and even better listen
Your audible way of doing things sucks up so much memory it's not worth the almost 4 dollars extra to the book... This book in particular I tried to download while it shows a positive download and I can't hear it I do not see from my end of it the little earphones icon and I'll never do this again! Thank god for voice over making audible quite unnecessary and cheaper too.
I miss Christopher Hitchens. Sometimes I get on YouTube just to find some clips where some poor fool is getting Hitch-slapped. If you don't know Hitchens then I can't help you and if you do there is little more to be added. I don't always agree but I always, ALWAYS, feel like he has an argument and my rejoinder has to be pretty good. When he gets a little too emotional (e.g. the word "circumcision" sets him off) you can see some cracks in his reasoning. But most of the time he is spot on.
The listener of "God is Not Great" is at an advantage as it is narrated by the author himself. Christopher Hitchens' work is both personal and intellectual so hearing the content spoken in his own voice adds to the overall experience. However, there are times when Hitchens mumbles a bit or trips around a sentence and given the depth of the content, if you're not paying attention, it may be easy to miss crucial pieces of information. These moments are few and far between, though so a seasoned audiobook listener should have no issues.
Hitchens goes to great lengths to make his argument against religion while still showing a tremendous amount of respect for those who choose to follow a particular religion. He does not come across as condescending, unlike other authors such as Richard Dawkins, and approaches the argument from multiple sides. He focuses on a number of religions and does not discriminate against one more than another though a majority of his attention remains on the big three: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. He does devote time to popular eastern religions as well. He also goes beyond mere presentation of facts and addresses common arguments for religion with his own well-researched rebuttals.
This was my first but I really enjoyed his narration and will listen to more of his work through this format in the future.
As mentioned above, the best bits for me came from the latter third of the book where Hitchens addresses a number of common arguments for religion. I live in the south where it is not easy to be an openly out atheist and get thrown these arguments all the time, whether prompted or not. I fully expect to listen to this one again from time to time, mostly because I'm sure I missed several things during my first listen and want to absorb all of this detailed research.
This book is a fantastic introduction for anyone curious about atheism while also a great resource for those who already identify themselves as atheist. Hitchens command of the English language is often mesmerizing but can sometimes feel overly grandiose. Hang in there! It doesn't take long to get a feel for his rhythm and you'll soon find yourself captivated by his linguistic genius.
Numerous! His wit and insightful commentary on things so many people just blindly accept as the truth.
His brilliant oratory skills. His delivery and timing is unmatched.
The sequence of numerous questionable events leading up to the completion of both the bible and the quran.
I have not read the print, yet...
While the book was full of gems, the theme that is evident throughout the book is that there is a viable and much need alternative to religion, a vibrant humanism.
The entire book.
Yes, I had an extreme reaction (cementing my separation from Christianity). It took me quite a while before I came to read this book. Since I had been part of a sectarian group of Christians, the last thing I would do would be to pick up such an awfully titled book. Nevertheless, I could not resist the wit and sincere approach Mr. Hitchens had with the question of religion (in his many public debates). I am convinced that no other book has better addressed the salient issues on religion today.
I highly recommend this book to anyone seriously considering the problems that face religion.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
I don't care if you're religious, non-religious, hate religion, or love religion, you NEED to listen to this book!
Christopher Hitchens' assessment of religion in modern culture is astute, authoritative, insightful, and frightening.
Don't abrogate your human right to freedom of thought—instead, take a realistic look at the world around you, and especially at the sickness of religion-based prejudice, cruelty, and ignorance that has characterized ALL religion through all of history—and persists to the present day.
If you think God is real, this book will make you less tolerant of abuses in His name. If you think God is fiction, this book will clarify your thinking, and motivate you in the fight against superstition and bigotry.
Either way, this is one of the important books of our time.
Hi, I'm 78, live in So Florida, retired RN, have 3 kids, active in stock market and internet, love Downton Abbey, etc, listen books in bed,
I liked that much of the information was backed by facts. You could have the bible open to you while listening and check his comments on bible's chapters, lines.
I don't think so. I'd prefer if someone else was the narrator. Hitchen was frequently hard to understand. His speech pattern was almost too fast, words slurred. In the beginning of the book, it was satisfactory....but this book is 500 pages so maybe he just got "tired" .
No. too much to absorb in one sitting. This book is 8 hours plus... listening.
I bought the hard copy after listening to the audio. I like the idea of having the book in my hands for reference.
Lays it bare. Mr. Hitchens spares no religion in his argument for "religion ruins everything".
Letter to a Christian Nation - Sam Harris
Although I am a huge fan of Christoper Hitches I found it hard to understand in English accent in some places. There were a few times I had to rewind and listen very carefully to understand.
This was Hitchens in his true form. Unapologetic and Straightforward.
Hitches says it like it is.
This book is an absolute must read for any person who questions religion and their place in modern society.
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