We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
God Audiobook

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact the Bible lays out God's primary qualities clearly: He's jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive - and worse!

Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction.

Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world.

©2016 Dan Barker (P)2016 Pitchstone Publishing

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (172 )
5 star
 (104)
4 star
 (44)
3 star
 (18)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.4 (154 )
5 star
 (94)
4 star
 (36)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.4 (155 )
5 star
 (99)
4 star
 (36)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Me, myself and I 09-08-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing.."

    .. how some people in this world still see it as a "good book", what a horror... Scary and amazing at the same time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristin 08-02-16
    Kristin 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing."

    Extremely well written and put together. Both educational and entertaining at the same time. I have no doubts in recomending this book to anyone who wishes to be educated about what is really in the bible, both old and new testament.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jared Prosper, TX, United States 10-15-16
    Jared Prosper, TX, United States 10-15-16 Member Since 2010

    Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    89
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    177
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "good, but not recommended for bible-aware atheists"

    This book consists largely of bible verse quotes interrupted by a sentence or two of commentary. It is encyclopedic, literally, and about as interesting a read. It's a fantastic reference, and I would recommend any questioning regionists read this as opposed to just reading "The Scriptures" everyday.... I suspect the bible lulls believing readers into selective perception, mixing enough seemingly-good content that it is possible to forget or overlook the clearly bad content. This book is a dictionary account of all that bad stuff, but if you are already a fervent atheist, reading this book will feel a lot like reading a dictionary - mostly mundane, with a few exciting new items you'd forgotten about or never knew were in the lexicon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Abraham R. 09-13-16
    Abraham R. 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Finally, we hear what is not cherry-picked."

    Fantastic and enlightening book. Kept to the bible with minimal outside input and whatever input was added was mostly helpful and insightful. Only thing I can say bad about this is that Dan Barkers reading speed was a tad slow and a bit monotone at times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shayna 05-19-16
    Shayna 05-19-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "God worse than I already knew."

    I liked the book, but it was a little tedious at times. But I should have expected as much to a point, as it is basically scripture study. But there is SO MUCH that was not taught to me and/or I glossed over in my early days of devout religion. Awesome.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "greatly enjoying the book"

    greatly enjoyed this book although breaking up some of the longer Bible text my might've helped it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 04-08-17
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 04-08-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredibly boring!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Concept is bad - can't be improved


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

    Ennui


    Any additional comments?

    Barker reads his book like the minister he was. he drones on and on so slowly, I can feel my hair growing. he has a point to make that God is terrible, and makes it in the first ten minutes but then gets redundant. Should be more discussion and less quotation. Sad!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 03-29-17
    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    72
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    265
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bible companion"

    Beware: most of this book is quoting scripture with some ancillary commentary on the nature of the scriptures being quoted. That said, it was illuminating to see just how much the bible is a hostile witness for God. This would be a good reference book to have around when Christian (or Jewish) friends start making uppity declarations of God's will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leslie r pressler San Diego 03-04-17
    Leslie r pressler San Diego 03-04-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Confirms what I've known for a while"

    Very good with references, quotes, and details. Interpretation is spot on just presented in a way I can use in discussions with family without getting emotional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Hans Maverick 02-21-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "OK! We get it! God was a Despicable Bully!"

    I'm familiar with Richard Dawkins's "The God Delusion," and the sentence upon which this book is based. I'm also familiar with Dan Barker from his YouTube videos and his work with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, so I had high hopes. Sadly, I wouldn't describe Barker's treatment of the subject as more exhaustive - almost insufferably so - than comprehensive. I'm not sure every word in Dawkins's original sentence deserves a full chapter - or at least each chapter could be half as long and still be effective. The chapter about Jesus, which ýis not based Dawkins's original sentence, could actually stand to be expanded. Barker's vocal performance was fine, but I particularly enjoyed Buzz Kemper's bass-baritone reading the Bible passages. Overall, worth the price and the time, but only just.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.