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The God Delusion Audiobook

The God Delusion

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.
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Richard Dawkins was recently voted one of the world's top three intellectuals (alongside Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky) by Prospect magazine. As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, he has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between "intelligent design" and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights, such as those of women and gay people � and all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.

Dawkins attacks God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the ultimate improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned. It is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required listening for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

©Richard Dawkins; (P)Random House

What the Critics Say

"A spirited and exhilarating read...Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments...." (Guardian)
"Everyone should read it. Aethists will love Mr Dawkins's incisive logic and rapier wit...." (The Economist)

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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 11-02-06
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 11-02-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Dawkins has been a major contributor to my education on evolution and natural selection. His style and presentation gets complex ideas across with clarity and simplicity. This is an important work that sadly is unlikely to be experienced by many of those who would receive benefit from it. It has all the clarity of Dawkins at his best.

    I particularly liked the "two handed" narration. The alternation of voices is used well to give emphasis and variety and never appears contrived in a way that would have been so easy. More audiobook producers of factual titles should consider using this technique

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    NicholasTod Benowa, Australia 09-10-13
    NicholasTod Benowa, Australia 09-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Fantastic Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Delusion to be better than the print version?

    The story telling by Mr Dawkins and Miss Ward is really well done, and adds another dimension to a already well written and intelligent book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about the story is that it shatters the shackles of being controlled by other people, (which whatever people say is the point of religion, to control you) and opens your eyes to the fact that there are no spirits, magic or anything supernatural that you need to fear, we do good because we are good people and we want to, not because there is some judgmental thing watching us. The world is clearer and safer in that knowledge.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A but I will.


    Any additional comments?

    Really is a must read for everyone, I want my children and grandchildren to read this, if people actually stop and think about what we are told by these "people of faith" and look at how so much of the world's problems are because of them and there ever crusade to be in control of your lives, the world would be a much happier place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Narre Warren South, Australia 10-02-12
    Troy Narre Warren South, Australia 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Mind expanding"

    Sure, he was preaching (pun intended) to the converted, but Richard Dawkins also gives you a lot to think about in this great book. I was facilitated as I listened to different theories on why religious folk can be such nut bags. Give it a listen, test your faith or confirm your convictions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antony Dayal 07-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dawkin's slays the Dragon"
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Science lights the Dark


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the last chapter on how special life is and why you don't need any super natural being to explain why it is. Trillions of beings could have been here instead of you, yet you are here. With those odds who needs the lottery.


    Any additional comments?

    Dawkin's does not shy away from stating facts that others would shy away from. His arguement, as usual, is well thought out and convincing. He lays out the make believe of religon. To see the world through his world is far more beautiful than one described by the religous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thys Dry 01-27-16
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    "Mind blowing"

    This is hands down one of the most fantastic books I have read so far. For atheists, agnostics, or questioners of religion. This book will wrench open your eyes and force you to see the truth. I would especially recommend this book to religious people who would like to dig deeper in their faith from a scientific perspective. A MUST read.

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    jaxito73 01-24-16
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    "Consciousness raised"

    Thoroughly rational, well laid out arguments for the ideas presented. This is not a rally cry for fellow atheists, rather a comprehensive discussion on why there is such a need to be more educated and informed on this critical issue. Lalla's interjections as 2nd narrator is at times jarring but the purpose of punctuating certain points is generally effective.

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    Hassan Khan Mumbai 09-16-15
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    "An incredibly intriguing conception of human mind"

    The narrator was excellent. I will be listening to it again precisely to put things in a firmer perspective. Excellent book for those in search of arguments to invalidate their belief in modern day religion. Fanatical theists may want to think twice before reading or listening to this devilish rendition of the music of nature.

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    David 08-05-15
    David 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Everyone Should Read/Listen"

    A must! Incredibly interesting and thought provoking! Can't recommend highly enough! Loved it, will be listening again to take it all in again though!

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    Leandro Lamaison 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A compilation of arguments against not thinking"

    Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion makes us wonder about a world without God, Religion or Irrational thinking. With extreme patience, Dawkins makes us question the basis of fundamental ideas while explaining the alternatives.

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    Roger Morris 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entrancing and entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was entrancing.

    For years, I've been lead to believe that this book was a poorly researched, disorganized, poorly supported neanderthal rant against religion. I would have to disagree. I found Dawkins' book to be a methodically logical, well-researched, well-argued and entertaining critique of religion.

    Astonishingly, I found that as I read this book in 2014, time and time again in 2007 Dawkins had clearly, succinctly and convincingly countered every apologetic argument and claim I parroted from at least 2009 until 2013.

    Perhaps a good reason not to rely on the opinions of others, particularly those with a bias.

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    3/17/15
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    "Open mind required"

    Two sides to this argument and Dawkins argues well. It gives the listener something to think about but won't suit all - an open mind a must

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  • Sol
    3/15/15
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    "Awesome! No...really!"

    Everyone should listen/read this book. Just finished it and will start it again as there is some much thought provoking material in there. Richard Dawkins reads the book exactly how it should be. Highly recommend this.

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  • Mr. S. J. Oxley
    3/11/15
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    "Excellent."

    Confirmed many of the conclusions I'd reached on my own as well as pointing out and explaining many new ones. Very easy to listen too as well.

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  • Keith
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    "A very very good listen"

    Loved every minute and will listen to more
    This is so well read and kept me listening, and opened my eyes.

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  • Michael
    1/24/15
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    "should be required reading in all schools"

    if you ever thought that you might be atheist hou will know by the end.

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  • kim
    1/19/15
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    "Eye-opening!"
    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

    Listening to a fresh perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Delusion?

    All of it really!


    Which character – as performed by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward – was your favourite?

    Lalla Ward.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say I was moved, more mind-boggled, in a good way.


    Any additional comments?

    This really is an eye-opener of a book. From an agnostic point of view, I found it fascinating. Richard Dawkins doesn't leave any stone unturned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Mcdermott
    12/24/14
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    "Interesting read"

    Off on a tangent at times, and in places pointlessly over complicated.

    But a good book, recommended even to those like myself who were very much of the same opinion as Dawkins already.

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  • Jo
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    12/4/14
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    "A must read for everyone"
    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

    It's a fascinating and an important book, and having Dawkins read it himself very much benefits the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Delusion?

    It's difficult to pick a moment, as there really isn't a plot. But the book makes several interesting points on various topics.


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    Switching the narrator between sections makes listening easier.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HollowSpy
    Somewhere in the UK
    11/18/14
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    "Obligatory"
    Where does The God Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


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

    Anger and frustration (but not at the book)


    Any additional comments?

    If the messages contained within were shared with the young as much as religious texts then the world would be a better place.

    If you are fortunate enough to live in a society where you can listen to this, listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    4/18/14
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    "If you only read one book on GOD make it this one"
    Would you listen to The God Delusion again? Why?

    Yes if i wanted to brush up on some of the arguments against religion i would this is the one book i would re-read.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent and well thought out book and Richard Dawkins is a good narrator he speaks well and clearly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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