In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.
With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which the heavens are 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.
© 2007 Hachette Audio; (P) 2007 Orion
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"Amazing, simply amazing"
Mr Hitchens is one of the greatest men to live and he will forever to missed... RIP
"Listened to several times"
He's preaching to the choir with me, but he is relentlessly entertaining and interesting: so much so I've listened to this 3 times.
"Hitchens is great"
An intelligent and thought provoking book. Well read by Hitchens himself, if a little quickly in places. Worth listening to more than once.
"Essential listening (open mind required)"
I really enjoyed the author narrating his own work.
Very brave to voice his opinion on such a volatile subject with so many fanatics intent on destroying all non believers. Excellent research and delivered in a style accessible to all.
Absolutely essential to all with an open mind. Shame so many are closed.....
I'm starting to feel better about the thought of not existing forever. A lot to research from here.
"Brilliant the man was a genuine genius"
Well worth a read. The sheer range of vernacular and a statement of true humanity for all believers to take in then they will learn something worthwhile. Richard Dawkins next although there are many more.
"A must read or listen."
Punctures the puffed up self important claims of the worlds religions, with his usual wit and erudition. Christopher Hitchens will be sadly missed.
"Onesided and biased"
Hitchens is as always a great speaker and a writer. However his understanding of history and archeology is as poor as it is dangerous. Not only does he blame religion for almost every bad event in history, he also wants religion to take blame for over 100 million deaths done in secular countries less than a hundred years ago under Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao. His view of history is as twisted as it is narrowminded. His atheistic bias forces through every argument he makes. If you are an angry atheist, I will definitely recommend this book. For the rest who have at least a little commonsense and understanding of real history guided with logical thinking, don't waste your time on this book. As always, there is another side to the coin that Hitchens does not want you to see.
"Good listen, but..."
I love the content, but couldn't help being annoyed by Hitch's quick changes of voice volume. I realise he was a great speaker, but in this format and listened to with earphones, it's irritating and forces me to constantly change volume.
"A must read for the fight against ignorance..."
Hitchens takes all of the garbled half arguments you have rolling around your brain and clarifies them in to beautifully formed bullet points with which to dismantle any wide eyed fanatics confused logic. His formidable intellect is impossible to argue with. An excellent book, superbly read.
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