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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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    Paul Rocklake, ND, United States 02-06-14
    Paul Rocklake, ND, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"

    Boring, repetitive. His reading is ok, I just got bored after about 20 minutes. Tried a couple of times to listen to it and just couldn't do it.

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    Tony R. Jackson Desloge, Missouri, US 01-27-14
    Tony R. Jackson Desloge, Missouri, US 01-27-14 Member Since 2016

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    "God this was a great book !!!"
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent,helpful,truthful


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

    I love to hear an author tell thier story. The way they wrote it. this is what Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward did and it makes it so much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book in paper back, so that I could read it at work. But about half way I found it on here. I then started listen in the car just when I was driven and before long I was bring it in the house just so I could hear more. I didn't plan on like it this much.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 01-18-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 01-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Clear and Persuasive"

    Generally speaking, there will be 3 types of people who will but this book:

    a. Those already atheistic or leaning that way;
    b. The curious and maybe a bit doubtful, but open minded; and
    c. Those who will be very much opposed to the arguments put forth in this book.

    If you are in category 1 or 2, I can highly recommend this book. If you are in category 3, no matter how sound the arguments made or how well presented, you will dislike this work, so save your money.

    This book had dual narrators. I'm not sure why they went with this, as it could have done without, but it didn't detract from the work. Both narrators were quite talented.

    To sum up, I can recommend this work, as it takes what could be an exceptionally dry subject and turns it into an engaging listen.

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    Amy Calgary, AB, Canada 01-14-14
    Amy Calgary, AB, Canada 01-14-14
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    "Too smart for me, but I'm trying."
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Burden of proof.


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

    Probably the chapter I like most was the one about climbing Mount Improbable. I've never heard someone explain why the burden of proof regarding God should not ever be placed at the feel of people who don't believe, and that I will never forget.


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

    No, I need to be in the right mood to listen to Dawkins (the mood to pay attention and think).


    Any additional comments?

    Dawkins is too smart for me. I have a hard time following what he's saying sometimes which I suspect is just that I'm not smart enough, though I think this is partially the occasional switching of voices for quotations throwing me off.

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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-27-13
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 12-27-13

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    "Eloquent and admirably clear"
    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

    A lucid and lively explanation of the atheist position that will help clarify one's thought whether one is theistically or atheistically inclined.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Dawkins, whose acuity and humanity shine through his words and his voice.


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

    They both have a pleasant voice and excellent elocution, and their collaboration is outstanding. A pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the richness of the book which I recommend with enthusiasm to all, I nonetheless do not think that it satisfactorily covers every aspect of the question: in particular, the discussions of "consolation" and "inspiration" do not go far enough — a deeper look at these might make us hesitate after all to change someone else's faith.

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    Tim United States 11-29-13
    Tim United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Too Broad on Faith"

    As I become older, I get further and further from the maker that I was raised to believe in. I don't know why, but I've always question if there is a God. Just because of my upbringing and how I was raised, I still pray to God, hoping there is an another life after this. In my heart, I know there is a true God, but in my mind, all of the evidence that I've seen and read in the Bible and diffident doctrines from other religions besides Christianity, it doesn't makes sense there are any Gods.

    This is something that I will never get an answer to until my life ends. I have accepted that my faith is not as strong as others, but I don't consider myself as an atheist either.

    Richard Dawkins in "The God Delusion" questions a lot on all faiths. Maybe too much for one to handle. I'm read many books on this subject and the information in this book is just too broad. His ideas and examples are too scatter for someone to get into this subject. He explains a dozen of ideas all at once, but doesn't go in depth for his reasoning. I wished that Dawkins would have narrow the subject down, if God is a delusion and gave scientific examples for the theory, but instead you get everything all at once.

    For someone like myself that always questioning their faith, there is no absolute answer. The Book of Job in the Old Testament is one of the best known testimonials in the Bible. Job had it all and then Satan punished him with the permission from God because God and Satan made a bet on Job's faith. God won the bet because Job remained faithful to him and rewards Job at the end.

    I have to ask myself on how is this possible. No rational person would torment their child to prove their children's love for their guardian, but God did. This is why I keep reading on this subject, if there is a higher power after this life.

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    Biggs Detroit 10-16-13
    Biggs Detroit 10-16-13
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    "Started out strong, and became too technical"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend this book, to Christian friends and atheist friends. There are not many books about atheism, so I think it would be good for Christians to see that we are not "devil worshippers" or people to be afraid of.


    Was The God Delusion worth the listening time?

    It was for sure worth the time to listen to it. I learned a lot about evolution and the argument for atheism, even though I already consider myself one.


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    Aaron NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 10-12-13
    Aaron NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thought provoking entertainment"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Delusion to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Enthusiastic narration is provided by the author, who is an accomplished public speaker.


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

    Sam Harris' Moral Landscape


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

    The author knows the material and is extremely passionate. He nails it.


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

    No- I never do books in one sitting.


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    Felicia United States 08-30-13
    Felicia United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking"
    Would you listen to The God Delusion again? Why?

    I might listen to it again. I think he talked about a lot of things that I might gain more from if I were to listen again.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think the most compelling thing is just how illogical religion and god are and how he demonstrates that. If you can listen to it and really think about it without getting emotional, you can see how illogical it all is.


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

    It was interesting having two readers to clearly distinguish between the author's words and others'.


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

    No. I found myself agreeing with so many things he had to say. I was surprised actually how much I agreed. It's scary to not believe in god or religion when you grow up in a world where so many people believe so strongly and think that without religion you're less of a person. It was nice to hear from someone who has put a lot of thought in to it and made very intelligent and logical arguments.


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    Brian Flushing, MI, United States 08-28-13
    Brian Flushing, MI, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for an Atheist or someone on the fence"
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Facts, Facts, Facts


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author make a solid argument for the belief no god exists. It won't change a religious persons mind, but open minded people should get something out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Any religious person won't get past the first two chapters before they call it rubbish, and shut the audiobook off. It is based on facts, science, and logical arguments. It should give most atheists more ammo.

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