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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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    Joshua ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 08-27-13
    Joshua ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Insightful, Factual


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard...


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

    They don't just read off of a paper. It is asif they are speaking to you and you are a part of the experience


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The beliefs/non beliefs of historical figures


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite book

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    Stew ATLANTA, GA, United States 08-22-13
    Stew ATLANTA, GA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about The God Delusion?

    The reader.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got that far. Too boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By reading it.


    What character would you cut from The God Delusion?

    can;t remember any of their names.


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    RLA3 08-11-13
    RLA3 08-11-13
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    "So nice to hear and read my thoughts in words. :-)"
    Where does The God Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reality! We live in a world where this is not spoken of often.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The break out of how "god" ruins the world around us.


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

    This book just made me Smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be giving this to a lot of people for X-Mas! LOL

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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 07-22-13
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Thanks Richard Dawkins for such intelligence!"
    Would you listen to The God Delusion again? Why?

    It would definitely be worth listening to again. There are so many cogent arguments and counter-arguments that it is hard to remember them all. The thought-provoking ideas combined with humor and personal experiences lecturing about atheism makes this a must-read for atheists and agnostics, as well as any religious people with serious doubts.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Dawkins seemed to be speaking to me when he accuses agnostics as being atheists with no backbone. My logic in being an agnostic was that there is no way to prove a negative: you can't "prove there is no god". But Dawkins chides that it isn't up to us to prove there is no god, it is up to theists to prove there IS a god. If we honestly feel the arguments supporting the existence of god are fatuous and transparent lies, then we should stand up and declare ourselves atheists, and not worry about stepping on toes or being thought unsympathetic.


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

    This is my first.


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

    I prefer listening to this in doses, so I can go off and think about what was said, and dive into the next chapter with a fresh mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I especially like Dawkins comments about the complete ostracism of atheists in US culture and politics. He notes a poll asking people "would you vote for a for president?" For being "Irish" it was "99%", "Catholic" it was 95%, "Mormon" it was about 80% (this was before Romney), and for "Atheist" it was something like 40%.

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    Trent M. United States 06-25-13
    Trent M. United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "God Delusion a great, if somewhat meandering, book"

    The God Delusion was a great read and an intriguing exercise for the mind. Going into this book as an atheist I didn't find anything challenging though I discovered quite a few new ideas and concepts, or at least takes on concepts that were fresh and entertaining.

    The only reason I give this a 4-star instead of a 5 is that the organization of the book was a little bit meandering. I didn't get a really clear idea of what he wanted to do with the book, and the last chapter seemed like it should have had a more solid ending to round out the book, rather than attempting to dovetail a few smaller issues at the last second. I think the book could have done with a more solid final chapter.

    All in all, I definitely recommend this book, and Dawkins narrates the audio book, along with his associate Lalla Ward, both very brilliantly.

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    George BLUE SPRINGS, MO, United States 06-03-13
    George BLUE SPRINGS, MO, United States 06-03-13
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    "Very dry and boring."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm a Atheist and wouldn't show this book to anyone.


    What could Richard Dawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write better for the common man and use someone else to read the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very dry and boring. I found no value to this book.


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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.

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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 :)

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