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The End of Faith Audiobook
The End of Faith
Written by: 
Sam Harris
Narrated by: 
Brian Emerson
The End of Faith Audiobook

The End of Faith

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Publisher's Summary

Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world.

Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, the world can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that the we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion - an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism.

While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.

©2007 Sam Harris; (P)2004 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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    dedla Missouri, USA 10-28-15
    dedla Missouri, USA 10-28-15
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    "Great."

    A necessary evisceration of the absurdities of having religious and irrational outlooks in the 21st century.

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    Christopher McGovern 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    By the the greatest book I've ever read. Having a brother who went from atheist to born again Christian and the arguements we've had amongst religion and its relevantance and what not. Sam Harris has articulately and intelligently brought light to common sense ! Simply amazing

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    Alex Burca 09-29-15
    Alex Burca 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting book"

    It would have probably became a better audible book if the author would have read it. Unfortunately the narration of the book it is too flat, almost devoid of meaning. It literally takes hours to accommodate with this narration style. Once and if you can get past that, the content of the book, the concepts and matters addressed are quite interesting. A bold undertake on religion and faith. This book in itself is a great acquisition.

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    Brian Manley 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Work Exposes Sam"
    What did you love best about The End of Faith?

    I’m a Sam Harris fan, but Sam Harris loses me on this one. To the extent that much of his reasoning is sound, I’m lockstep with him through most of this work though am somewhat disappointed at his own confounding inability to temper a certain western bias he filters some of criticisms through. Although Harris owns some of the horrific deeds committed by the U.S. in exploiting its asymmetrical power relationships (I’m U.S. born by the way), he makes grave errors in presuming to be in the know in terms of intent of some of our nations most heinous attacks; almost excusing the untold deaths that result a tty elands of U.S. heavy ballistics, sanctions and withholding of aid. Chomsky really does best Sam and its unfortunate Harris is unable to receive this.

    I’m particularly disturbed Harris’ clumsy handling of the Israeli/Palestinian “arrangement”, though in his defense, this book was authored before much of what the West has seen illuminated recently. Lastly, I’d have preferred Harris perform the narration. I will say that there are plenty of nuggets, thoughtful insights in this work and its worth a read. I’d only offer that an objective listener will not be able to help but detect some notes of bias.


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    Eric Coleman 09-01-15
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    "Good material; horrible reader."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His cadence, inflections, emphasis, tone, etc. are all wrong. It's as if it's being read robotically. The narration is so bad that at times, it renders it almost unbearable to listen to.


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    Katie 08-16-15
    Katie 08-16-15

    Bitter divorcee, rad feminist lefty granny. Enjoys sociological and psychological non-fiction, women's literature, mystery, YA fiction.

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    "An effective damnation of all things religious"

    Intelligent, persuasive, and very interesting. If this book doesn't free you from whatever silly ideas you were raised with, I don't know what will.

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    Hans 08-01-15
    Hans 08-01-15
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    "Chapters are not divided correctly"

    The chapters in the audio file end some 10 minutes before the actual chapter, which makes it difficult to remember where something is in the book

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    P. McCann 07-27-15
    P. McCann 07-27-15
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    "Still Applicable"

    The End of Faith seems even more relevant an applicable to our society today as it did when it was first written. Bravo Dr. Harris.

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    TJ 07-11-15
    TJ 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty Good"

    I enjoyed it for the most part, although I thought Hitchens' "God Is Not Great" was better. He lost lost me with some of his philosophical wanderings, but did a good overall job of making his case. I'm still on the fence concerning faith...

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    Daniel Borba 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Many great arguments"

    The book was written well and Sam makes some very compelling arguments. Recommend for anyone willing to challenge their beliefs or better understand faith in general.

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