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The God Delusion Audiobook
The God Delusion
Written by: 
Richard Dawkins
Narrated by: 
Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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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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    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 05-27-13
    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.

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    "Great book, great ideas, hated the narration"

    Reserving 1 star for narration so bad it is unlistenable, I give this audio version of "The God Delusion" 2 stars for narration due to the terrible decision to feature two narrators, the author himself and Lalla Ward. What on earth inspired the producers to take the approach of having the two of them share the narration in back and forth style, I don't know, but the style offers much in the way of jarring distraction without anything at all on the positive side.

    What saves the book and makes it listenable is that the ideas within are compelling. All in all, an audiobook to listen to despite the narration, which I hated.

    Did I mention that I hated the narration?

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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "A thorough introduction to atheism"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, overall the work is well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors/ narrators were level-headed.


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

    They clearly engage the material and believe what they say. They clearly enjoyed explaining their beliefs, and their facts are genuinely robust and have high validity.


    If you could give The God Delusion a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I can't, and that's a good thing since I'm not able to come up with anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the authors would have referred to content in upcoming chapters less. It seemed like they overdid this as I recall often hearing "in chapter five we'll talk about 'x', and in chapter seven we'll talk about 'y,' after talking about 'w' in chapter four." There is a place to do this regularly, the preface or first chapter of a book, and, even then, isn't always necessary. Yet, the authors seemed to do this in every chapter but the last, which became annoying, fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 05-13-13
    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book but not delivered all theat well."

    It was interesting at times and a little boring in others. I think the author didn't do a great job putting a book together. He used too many quotes from people although at times that made his point well. I agreed with just about everything in the book and just found myself nodding along frequently. I don't think this book would do much to persuade people one way or another but hopefully those it reaches will at least cause those people to think.

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    Jo 05-03-13
    Jo 05-03-13
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    "OUTSTANDING"

    This was an amazingly enriching, REFRESHING, logical, and beautifully written book and I am so grateful to have it in my library.

    I come from a very strict religious background and I'm not ashamed to say that the title scared me some but I am so glad I got over it enough to give this book a chance!! It tore my brain open!!

    I didn't agree with everything said but I definitely have new tools now, new knowledge and understanding, and AWARENESS...

    Thank you so much Mr. Richard Dawkins, and Mrs. Lalla Ward, your voice is whimsical and made of awesome :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul oakland, CA, United States 04-14-13
    Paul oakland, CA, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Expected More"
    What disappointed you about The God Delusion?

    The narration definitely did not grab me and they spent way too much time on obscure comparisons that were, on the whole, pretty weak rebuttals of very weak religious arguments. The whole narration felt very dated.


    Has The God Delusion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ?

    Would have a single narrator and somebody with a little more presence


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The subject matter itself was interesting and there were a few good arguments that I could use as take-aways from the book but they were few and far between


    Any additional comments?

    Was disappointed with the book and stopped 3/4 of the way through. I may continue listening at some point but that in not guaranteed. The sad thing is that they did not have to work very hard to keep my interest as I already believe in their premise, just were not able to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Damian Howard Arizona 04-09-13
    Damian Howard Arizona 04-09-13
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    "Hard hitting coming from the mouth of the author."
    Where does The God Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Douglas Gasking for his reversal of the ontological argument.


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

    The two person narrative adds a lot to the listening experience, breaks up the story, and offers a pleasant means to switch or quote the characters.


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

    A film the religious should never see...
    reverse psychology


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DCrane 04-07-13
    DCrane 04-07-13
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    "It's like watching the godless watch tennis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Delusion to be better than the print version?

    No, the written is superior. Even after more than on full listen, the tight editing/transitions between Lalla and Richard is quite jarring. I thought I would get used to it after an hour or two. I didn't.


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    Anthony 04-04-13
    Anthony 04-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Little long, but enjoyable."
    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

    The in-depth breakdown of each of the tenants of peoples beliefe of religion.


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

    Some of the condescending attitude that comes off in some of the ways in which he'd address topics of belief.


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

    Dawkings


    If you could give The God Delusion a new subtitle, what would it be?

    That was the best title, certainly explains the tone for which the 'believers' are given throughout the book. I am an atheist myself and thought it a bit silly how goofy/disrespectful he makes out peoples beliefs at certain parts. However it's a long book and not filled with negative talk, just some of the points that stick out in my book. The book itself is very civil.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 03-27-13
    Cynthia 03-27-13
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    "Good book, but not for everyone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. It was a good book, but I felt it was argumentative at many points. That would be a huge turnoff for believers. There were many great points and several chapters that were well phrased and enlightening.


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

    I don't think another speaker would have done it justice. It brought a personal view.


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

    No, it's much too long and can only be consumed in small amounts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 03-25-13
    Aaron 03-25-13
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    "Not So Radical Atheism"

    Dawkins presents a thorough and convincing argument about the absurdity of religion though not necessarily in a manner that would be accessible to all educational levels. Some of the chapters are magnificent while others make me wonder whether while in his biology tangents he forgot that he was writing about religion. All in all, a well researched book that cites numerous sources so the reader does not have to take his word on faith (unlike one other well published work of fiction).

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