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The God Delusion Audiobook

The God Delusion

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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Richard Dawkins invites you to imagine a world where New York's Twin Towers still stand, where Arabs and Israelis live in peace, where the Crusades—events directly responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.2 million persons—never happened. In short, he invites you to imagine a world that would have been, and could be, without religion. That is not to say that he wishes to discard religion only because of its historical relationship to violence. This extensive, powerfully argued examination of why we believe, and the imperative of turning from Faith to Reason, has become an international best seller. It could change your life.

Publisher's Summary

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.

Dawkins has fashioned an impassioned, rigorous rebuttal to religion, to be embraced by anyone who sputters at the inconsistencies and cruelties that riddle the Bible, bristles at the inanity of "intelligent design", or agonizes over fundamentalism in the Middle East or Middle America.

©2006 Richard Dawkins; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Richard Dawkins is the leading soothsayer of our time....The God Delusion continues his thought-provoking tradition." (J. Craig Venter, decoder of the human genome)
"The God Delusion is smart, compassionate, and true....If this book doesn't change the world, we're all screwed." (Penn & Teller)
"The world needs...passionate rationalists....Richard Dawkins so stands out through the cutting intelligence of The God Delusion." (James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, author of The Double Helix)

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    Tomer AMSTERDAM, Netherlands 05-30-15
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    "À fascinating read!"

    I would recommend this to anyone that ever thought about God, a bit tedious at times, a bit 'angry' at others, but all in all very concise and compelling discourse. Though at the end of this book I am leaning much more from agnosticism to atheism on a personal level, I think Dawkins fails to explain (and I suspect understand) the social and psychological merits of God and religion. Maybe because the concept is so foreign and disgusting to him.
    Yet again, this does not make this read less valuable and fascinating

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    Jaime 05-24-15
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    "Incredible!!!"

    He's someone to admire Richard is just too smart, i can listen to him all day

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    Kevin 05-22-15
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    "Mind Altering!"

    This book is a must for any secular /humanist / agnostic or atheist. I preferred the audiobook and found the narrative enlightening, entertaining and informative. While I came into this book an atheist, I left it understanding why I am an atheist.

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    David White 05-18-15
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    "Disappointing."

    It did a good job of pointing out the hypocrisies of the religious, but other than that it was disappointing. First the arguments were hypocritical. Dawkins would attempt to discredit his opposition by pointing out (what he deems) logical fallacies in their arguments, but then immediately creates an argument containing those very same fallacies. He continues to make these hypocritical arguments throughout most of the book. Second is that it felt like it was trying to convince me through flattery and insults instead of logic. "Consciousness Raising" and "...not too far indoctrinated or intelligent enough..." He argues that of you don't agree with him then you are either indoctrinated too much or that you are unintelligent, but if you do agree with him your consciousness has been "raise." These tactics make this book little more than propaganda. Ultimately, disappointing.

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    Anthony 05-15-15
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    "Great!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. having learned of Richard Dawkins and this book years back, i was estatic when i found it on here. needless to say i signed up for this book alone.

    chapters 8 and 9, on morals and on children respectively, were my favorite sections.

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    Jason Reed 05-12-15
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    "One of the most important books of our time!"

    A must read for the religious and non-religious. I'm sure this will be considered as the atheist bible for years to come!

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    Adrian 05-11-15
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    "enlightenment for the 21th century"

    must read for every open minded individual on this planet. delivers many well reasoned and understandable explained arguments against the existance of a god as we understand it traditionally. believe whatever you want, but at least listen to the full argument of richard dawkins before judging others.

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    Ben 05-11-15
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    "A must-read for any thinking person"

    A must-read for any thinking person. Religious or atheist, you can't argue mind-blowing fact. Hooked from start to finish.

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    Blade LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-11-15
    Blade LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Know the TRUTH and it will set you free"

    The method of narration is excellent. Richard Dawkins and his lady co-host alternate reading the book which keeps it very energized. While one or two points did not align with what I know as fact, most of the book did an excellent job of defining the reasons people hold to religious beliefs, and and what the real truth is. I would like to hear if reading this book has helped any strong religious person to re-evaluate their views

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    Paul Peart 05-09-15
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    "Needed education for all peoples."

    This is the enlightened level of thinking and researched education that enhances my life. I enjoyed the mental stimulation and introspective thinking it has renewed in me.
    The audio version is much better for me as I 'get' the material much faster than reading and will listen again, several times, because I want to really learn from this book.

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