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The God Delusion | [Richard Dawkins]

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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Publisher's Summary

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 2003
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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 2009
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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 Auckland, New Zealand 07-31-12
    Antony Auckland, New Zealand 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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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 06-13-14
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 06-13-14 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "An Agreeably Disagreeable Book"

    I have read a lot Dawkins and Hitchens and the difference between the two, telling the same tale about gods, is usually quite stark. On this occasion however Dawkins delves down into the arena, get his hands dirty with invective and (particularly at the start and the finish) resorts to rhetoric. Of course, in his inimatable way, he acknowledges he's doing just this and he even has the good grace to sound apologetic about that. However, the method is not as persuasive as I have come to expect from him, although the key (middle) Chapters return to the well learned practices of his past writing, full of sound reasoning, inferences and evidence.
    I have some sympathy for the lack of evidence, but then I am already a "convert", to borrow from the iconology of the religiously minded. It is hard to prove a negative, as every lawyer will confirm. Still, I would have been happier with the central Chapters without the soapbox start and finish. That said, the starkness of the language and the boldness of the frontal attack have the consequence of making even a convert think about the extent of their conversion; has it gone far enough? To paraphrase a former PM, this is a book for the true disbelievers. It will probably not persuade anyone else, which is a pity.
    Again, the combination of Lalla Ward and Dawkins works well for the listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 03-21-13
    Steven NEDLANDS, Australia 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as Good as Chris Hitchins"

    I found this audo book hard to follow with the constant change in narrator. I preffered Chris Hitchens book on the same subject.

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    Walter Calamvale, Australia 10-09-12
    Walter Calamvale, Australia 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just what you would expect from Richard Dawkins"

    This was my first Richard Dawkins, and i enjoyed it greatly ! arguments are clean and to the point... just get a little frustrating when reading they switch from Richard to lalla in small spaces of time..

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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 09-25-13
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 09-25-13

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "Gave up after the first half of struggle"

    I am atheist. I was looking for something more interesting than this. I did not find the content thought provoking, No humor. No insights. At best it was an honest discourse on atheism. I appreciate the effort of Dr Dawkins and respect him but this book is a drab. He does not read it well either. And why the two people reading this?

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    bruce New Zealand 02-16-13
    bruce New Zealand 02-16-13

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    "the god delusion"
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    well narrated


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    has the occasional background music for effectwhat is god spelt backwards?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    made me realise how much religion is bad for people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Elena
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    12/14/13
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    "Must have"
    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

    Beautifully written and thought provoking book. The excellent narrators made my listening experience a joy. I had seen many debates and interview with Richard Dawkins and I knew he was a great orator, actually that was a reason to buy the book and I was not disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whatever you are, believer or unbeliever , IMHO it is a book you must have. You might agree or disagree with the author but he would definitely give you something to think about.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I particularly like the clear structure of the book, very easy to navigate and find a piece if you want to listen it again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • stephanie
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    "Loved it. I want to listen to it again already."
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, fascinating and enthralling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The delivery was superb. The book put this important subject into perspective for me. I discovered I am a level 6 atheist.


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

    Couldn't leave it alone right from the get-go!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    Dorset - United Kingdom
    7/28/13
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    "Beautifully narrated, written and edited."
    Where does The God Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A real treat to get involved with.


    What other book might you compare The God Delusion to, and why?

    Nothing i have read thus far.


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    An involved emotion, their truth and belief pour from every word.


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

    Each and every chapter was enlightening and belief affirming.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you 'believe' or not this book is an eye opening journey,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    Brighton, UK
    4/13/13
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    "God deluded"

    Of course Dawkins constructs a devastating argument to level religion to the realm of fairy stories. But more than this, he dismisses the myth that religion is harmless and comforting. He tells us how religion is still corrupting our children as it did our ancestors, anyone remember the NI troubles, the crusades etc. I own the paper book, but this audible version adds to the experience because of the familiar voice of the author himself adding his passion to the text.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Wellington, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A Great Listen"

    If you are an Atheist then this book with strengthen your views on religion, if you are religious then you may not like this book.



    If you are religiously minded, then please listen to this book, and listen to it as if you were an Atheist.



    I am an Atheist, and i think in some areas religion makes the religious do great good. but in so many areas it has done serious damage to society and atheism is the same. And this book gives a great account of religions as seen from the outside.



    I would recommend this book to everyone form atheist to the religious even if you do not agree with all of what is said.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Amersham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Still one of the best reads"

    Dawkins' book manages to cut through the delusion with ease. His flawless use of logic, reason and science effortlessly unveils superstition and attempts to show the reader, once again with empirical evidence, that science and philosophy are the best paths to true enlightenment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    BRIDGWATER, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "So interesting"

    Having two people read to you is fantastic as you never space out with one voice. The subject matter should be required reading for every human on earth. Love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    London, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "Well argued book from a world's top thinker"

    Dawkins covers religion comprehensively in this book, which he claims he hopes will leave readers as atheists, and proudly, openly so. He comprehensively covers (and criticises) the arguments for believing in an intelligent creator as well as the arguments against. He does so in a thought provoking and intelligent way, and I've read some of the books that have been published in criticism of this book, and can only conclude that they were written without each author having this book.



    The audio book is narrated by Dawkins himself, so you know that every intonation is as the author intended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "Ok"

    Brilliant. It very much supported my own view on the matter and I believe it would help those yet undecided.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vivian
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    3/16/08
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    "Hopeful, but disappointed"

    Difficult to say why this didn't hit the spot! Arguments were interesting - but little was new or very challenging. Long diversions into the authors pet hates and answers to challenges he has encountered along the way. I anticipated greater depth and insight into why religion has been, and still is, a powerful force despite all of the evidence against it. Sadly this was not the case and is an opportunity missed.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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