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God Is Not Great Audiobook

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Astute critic and biographer Christopher Hitchens comes out swinging in this—dare I say it—enjoyable discussion of religions worldwide. Believers and nonbelievers alike will find value in listening to this provocative book that comes at a time when people the world over are reeling from news of terrorist acts inspired by religious fundamentalism. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have trod this road in recent years, but it is Hitchens who achieves the most memorable exploration. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' 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 hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty of the double helix.

©2007 Christopher Hitchens; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos." (Publishers Weekly)
"Effortlessly witty and entertaining as well as utterly rational." (Booklist)

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    CMT 09-21-15
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    Articulate and thought provoking. Very interesting to hear it being read by the author himself.

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    Erin Riggs 09-18-15
    Erin Riggs 09-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Realistic look at religion"

    I Highly recommend this book. It reveals how truly violent, intellectually stifling and blind religious leaders want their followers to act.

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    Eric Walton 09-16-15
    Eric Walton 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Witty and insightful"

    The inimitable and indomitable Christopher Hitchens exposes religion for the childish nonsense that it is, and does so with characteristic poignancy and reason.

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    Rebecca 09-14-15
    Rebecca 09-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a good recording"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the sound engineering on this recording were better, it would be 1) intelligible, and 2) enjoyable. Hitchens is a better writer than he is a recording artist. It is nearly impossible to hear the recording when listening in the car because of the unevenness of the sound levels coupled with his British accent. The accent alone is charming, but only when the voice is audible.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hitchens' arguments for the negative influence of religion are compelling and, in my mind, spot on. I'd like to be able to hear more, and will probably get the print copy at some point.


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    Jeannie Marcus 09-07-15
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would get another reader. It is read by the author who is English with a thick accent. This is hard to my American English ears. Also his cadence is uneven at times reading something too fast that it was hard to catch what he was saying.
    The content of the book was fine.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Hitchens? Why or why not?

    Depends on who is reading it. If he is reading it, then no.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Hitchens’s performances?

    Definitely not. I tried this one for 6 chapters and then gave up.


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

    No, I can't see it as a movie or TV series.


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    Leslie Vaughn 08-23-15
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    "Get a different reader."
    What did you like best about God Is Not Great? What did you like least?

    I liked the analogies and experience the author has had. He gives a great argument for the cause.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was difficult to understand because the narrator, who also happens to be the author, spoke quickly, mumbled, and had an English accent. That made for an unpleasant experience.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    Ashleigh 08-22-15
    Ashleigh 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    This is a thorough evaluation of religion and he damage it has done to the world at large. I think this is a good read for both believers as well as non believers and will need to listen a few more times to more fully understand all that Hitchens included. I did find Hitchens hard to listen to as he is fairly monotone and I often had to rewind and listen again as my thoughts would drift when I got bored of his voice. The information was thoroughly engaging enough to make up for this however.

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    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 08-16-15
    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 08-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes sense to me"

    What a book. Brilliant mind. Great research. A look at the future if we don't ponder the past

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    Ryan 08-09-15
    Ryan 08-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to listen to but interesting topic"

    Very interesting subject matter and full of examples relating to the negative influence of organized religion. However, the performance was a challenge to follow. The author / narrator started the sentences with a loud and lispy emphasis which forced me to turn the volume down and then trailed off to a whisper which left me wondering how the sentence ended. I quit trying to keep up and just did my best to follow.

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    Christopher 08-05-15
    Christopher 08-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Literary Rockstar!"

    I don't know of anyone who could state the case against religion better than Christopher. This book is a must read for everyone theist and atheist alike. It makes me sad when I think about the future debates of which he will not be apart of, denying his admirers the pleasure of watching him rationally and systematically destroy his opponents. Gone too soon, but never forgotten.

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