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.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion | [Christopher Hitchens]

God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion

With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.
Regular Price:$22.96
  • 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 -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's "Why I Am Not a Christian", Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.

In a series of acurate readings of the major religious texts, he demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive, and distorts the origins of the cosmos.

With robust clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which Hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.

©2007 Christopher Hitchens; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (138 )
5 star
 (63)
4 star
 (42)
3 star
 (22)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
4.2 (82 )
5 star
 (40)
4 star
 (27)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.1 (80 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lachlan Australia 03-12-13
    Lachlan Australia 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "compelling and unsettling"

    I had meant to listen to this over the next month but finished it in a long weekend. Timing is everything and this weekend my wife and family packed up the house of her recently deceased mother. As the topics were very interesting and seemingly well-researched I couldn't help but churn through the chapters but it was very unsettling and I have not had much sleep.
    I have to recommend the book as a comprehensive examination of Christopher Hitchens' views on region and it's flaws. However, I think I'll need to re-read/listen to the entire book again after some time has pasted to be honestly be able to say I fully understood it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ola Vea Oslo, Norway 09-04-12
    Ola Vea Oslo, Norway 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Religion is man-made"

    Religion, and its institutions can arguably be blamed for countless atrocities throughout history, such as the molesting of innocent children, the burning of women because they had cats (and possibly other horrendous crimes), the fall of democracies, genocides (yes, plural), plentiful wars, starvation, 9/11, Israel vs. Palestine, AIDS, ... well, you get the idea.

    No religion escapes Hitchen's watchful eye and characteristically stingy British tongue. Of Muslim extremists and their motives he notes dryly that "their problem is not so much that they desire virgins as that they are virgins."

    Hitchen's book is not only a history of religion, and a criticism of its claim to universal truth, but also an argument that all religion is man-made. Religion was created for man to dominate woman, for the powerful to subdue the masses or for the wealthy to control the poor.

    "Religion is opium to the people," is to be understood not as a criticism of religion, but as a statement about power, and how power necessitates the creation of instruments to ensure that those who have it, keep it.

    God is an infinitely hypocritical figure, creating things to be desired, only to forbid its devouring. To create us as sexual beings, and make then sex a sin. To make foreskins, labia and clitorises and instruct our clergy to brutally cut them off.

    Such is only a few of Hitchen's numerous powerful criticisms of all of the world's religions.

    Finally, Hitchen asks the inevitable, what happens to our morale without religion? The short answer is: Since religion is man-made, human morale necessarily precedes religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeff Xilon Gimhae, South Korea 06-20-12
    Jeff Xilon Gimhae, South Korea 06-20-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Whatever Your Personal Beliefs its Worth a Listen"
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say its one of my favorites and definitely my favorite non-fiction so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First, Hitchen's just had a wonderful voice for talking. Listening to him present his case is quite a joy. Second, whether you agree with his positions or not it is very apparent that Mr. Hitchens attacks on religion do not stem from simply being anti-religious but are based upon solid moral ground. In many cases I think even religious folks would have to put aside any indignation they may feel at his attack and acknowledge that he has some important points that need to be addressed.


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

    No, it was not. Bu I don't think that's a bad thing. This is the sort of book I want to listen to some of and then think about before moving on to more. I didn't want to be overwhelmed by an onslaught of different arguments but take each one in turn to be considered carefully before moving on to the next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Viviane Dunedin, New Zealand 06-18-12
    Viviane Dunedin, New Zealand 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Challenge what you used to believe in"

    This is a very detailed account of why the God of religions is necessarily a manmade figure. To follow this line of thinking the reader has to be open minded enough to be willing to listen to the very valid points being made, and then decide for themselves as what to make of the facts.
    While Christopher Hitchens has a brilliant mind and puts its to excellent use in this book he is not a good narrator. His voice gives us an idea about himself as a person. There are other narrators here on Audible that do his fine reasoning more justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Sydney, Australia 06-03-12
    Michael Sydney, Australia 06-03-12 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    133
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    360
    166
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A compelling argument"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not sure, do you really know what your friend would make of it. Religion is such a touchy subject and I think this book finds you rather than you pass it onto someone who you think it might be good for.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

    He had a go at Mel Gibson the actor, which I believe is a little harsh compared to the rest of his arguments. Never the less so was Mel Gibson's drunken rant at some police officers a few years back. I don't think it was justified and was rather harsh, however, he was drunk.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't believe in religion, this book will back you up. If you don't believe in god then this book is not a problem. If you are not sure, then this book will help, but read others. I do think this book should not be disreguarded or demonised. It should be studied by religious people of all faiths as much as atheists. I liked the argument, enjoyed the authors performance and generally found it entertaining and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kurt Praha 3, Czech Republic 05-07-12
    kurt Praha 3, Czech Republic 05-07-12 Member Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great gift for zealot relatives"
    What made the experience of listening to God Is Not Great the most enjoyable?

    Hitchens, who came on my radar, sadly, only as a result of his recent passing, is a great narrator of his own work. The writing is thouroughly researched and clearly structured to make its fascinating point. All organized religions are equally scrutinised and deconstrusted to expose their dangerous and progress-stunting effects.
    This is a great audiobook to send to that relative who bangs on about faith.


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

    I listened to it over a week of work


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. R. Gibb New Zealand 01-29-12
    S. R. Gibb New Zealand 01-29-12 Listener Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book Bad Narration"

    Would have enjoyed the book much more if the narration had not been so appalling. Mr Hitchens may be a great investigative writer, but he should definitely not narrate his own book. Sounded most of the time as if he was doing a quick skim read in the hope of finding something interesting, which was a pity because if you can get past the narration, its a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Allen Honeydew, South Africa 01-05-12
    Allen Honeydew, South Africa 01-05-12 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inacuracy about South African Aparheid Government"
    What did you like best about God Is Not Great? What did you like least?

    Was a very good listen, I enjoyed the informative analysis and naration. However, at 07H46 into the book, almost the end, a Statement was made that the South African Apartheid Government supported the Nazi's in Word War II....
    What a fail!

    In Fact, South Africa On September 4, 1939, the United Party caucus refused to accept Hertzog's stance of neutrality in World War II and deposed him in favour of Smuts. Upon becoming Prime Minister, Smuts declared South Africa officially at war with Germany and the Axis.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NONE


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hitchens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    Could you see God Is Not Great being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Would have given a 4 or 5 star Rating if not for the obvious misinformation as stated above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steen Silkeborg, Denmark 12-27-11
    Steen Silkeborg, Denmark 12-27-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good book, but I lack some english."
    Would you try another book from Christopher Hitchens and/or Christopher Hitchens?

    Absolutely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That It gave me some new reasons to be opponent of religion.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr. Hitchens could have been more clear in his reading. He mumbled a bit :-).


    Was God Is Not Great worth the listening time?

    Yes indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately for me, I don't speak that well English. So there where some part of the book, that I didn't understand. But I can hardly blame that on Mr. Hitchens :-). After listening to his book, I began viewing a lot of his debates on the internet. I have then become a great fan of him. What a loss, that he just died. But searching on his name, gave me a lot of other persons with the same views. So all is not lost ;-).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ross San Remo, Australia 07-24-11
    Ross San Remo, Australia 07-24-11 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    3
    Overall
    "A great book ruined in the reading"

    This is a brilliant book, very well written. It brings up a lot of great points, and delivers them in a witty, though at times arrogant, way. I would recommend it as a book to read for anyone who questions the validity and "virtue" of blind faith in religion. So much so that, having already paid for this audio version, I will likely buy a copy of the book as well.

    However, Christopher Hitchens should definitely have let someone else do the reading for this audio version. His reading is monotonous, his enunciation is inconsistent; it just seems he's not putting in much effort. My biggest peeve here is that he seems to rush through a series of 10-15 words, then pause randomly, often at completely inappropriate points in a sentence, making listening to it far more difficult. At times he even borders on slurring his words which, when the wording is as complex as it is here, is unforgivable.

    Christopher Hitchens, why oh why did you do this reading yourself? Your reading doesn't draw us in to your arguments, but instead makes us feel as bored as you clearly were in that sound-booth. You are a brilliant man, and a brilliant writer, PLEASE let someone read your books to us in a way that does justice to your writing; their fee will be worth every penny.

    The book itself gets 5 stars from me, but the reading brings that down to 2 for this audio version. Buy the book instead, you'll get a LOT more out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 22 results PREVIOUS123NEXT
Sort by:
  • Stephen
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    4/19/12
    Overall
    "Master Piece"

    This book is my favourite. I have read it four times now and it gets better each time. The writing is superb, the agrument uncontestable. The quotations of other great minds are brilliantly chosen. My great regret is that I did not meet Mr Hitchens in the flesh. Read this book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    7/20/11
    Overall
    "Anyone with an objective open mind should read"

    Even if you regularly attend church you should read this book. It certainly makes you question some of the ' stories ' you have been told since you were a child.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    3/14/09
    Overall
    "Ranting"

    After enjoying Dawkins' book on the same subject I was a bit disappointed by this one. I can't fault the accuracy of the contents, it certainly does what it says on the tin, but it comes across as ranting rather than educational. I appreciate books read by their authors but Hitchens' voice does get tedious after a while (sorry Chris). I found Dawkins book was far more enjoyable to listen to and more persuasive as a result.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    DooradoyleIreland
    3/21/11
    Overall
    "Great read; not such a great listen"

    A great listen but ultimately spoiled by a substandard narrator. The book read well off the page but doesn't really work with the author as narrator.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Linzie
    NEWARK, United Kingdom
    8/17/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sorry but not for me"

    I bought this book with an open mind. Unfortunately, I found myself struggling through the first few chapters and then inevitably turning it off. I thought the narration was monotone and made me feel sleepy. Sorry but I really didn't enjoy this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jerad Zimmermann
    York, England
    12/26/12
    Overall
    "Love it or hate it"

    You're probably going to find this book incredibly inspiring and inspirational or completely infuriating. Either way you have to admire Mr Hitchen's command of English and his way of building his arguments. I'd love this version no matter who read it but to hear Mr Hitchen's voice as well . . . it's marvellous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellis
    BOURNE END, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "God is not great, is absolutely fantastic."

    God is not great is fantastic, im very happy hitchens is the one reading it out to us, it is amazing what it's about, he smashes all possible arguments for god and grinds the remains, i love his philosophy, he is a true idol of mine and i finally got round to hearing the book, fabulous, highly reccomended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RJM
    ST ALBANS, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
    Overall
    "Fine Dining for Atheists"

    This is becoming a classic exposition of the anti-faith argument. It pre-dates Dawkin's blast by some years and is better researched, written and when read by the late author, presented. It goes on too long and the author sometimes attempts to brow beat the listener with erudition and obscure vocabulary, but nevertheless it presents a coherant and compelling challenge to people who value faith over reason.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-18 of 18 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.