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Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins was recently voted one of the world's top three intellectuals (alongside Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky) by Prospect magazine. As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, he has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between "intelligent design" and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights, such as those of women and gay people � and all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.

Dawkins attacks God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the ultimate improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned. It is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required listening for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

©Richard Dawkins; (P)Random House

Critic Reviews

"A spirited and exhilarating read...Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments...." ( Guardian)
"Everyone should read it. Aethists will love Mr Dawkins's incisive logic and rapier wit...." ( The Economist)

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  • 05-08-17

Sublime

As someone already pretty headstrong in my atheism, I'd never really seen the point in exploring this; surely it's not going to tell me much I don't know etc etc. Happy to be proved wrong. This is fascinating, enlightening, funny and inspiring in equal measure. And I love the delivery. Listening to this has been a huge pleasure.

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  • Stally
  • 04-07-17

What have you got to lose, open your mind.

Well done Dawkins, we need more like you raising awareness to the wonders of our world.

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  • Simon
  • 03-30-17

Religion

All you really need to know about religion and all aspects of it . Definitely for any atheist and anyone with any doubts about religion in general.

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  • Tayto
  • 03-15-17

Tough book to digest but worth a listen

This is certainly a book worthy of a read although you may wish to consume it slowly. There's a lot of get through but the information contained within provides compelling arguments to the logical mind.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-17

Wonderful insight into a genius

This is a fantastic book, not an easy read at times, purely because of my limited knowledge on certain subjects. Dawkins makes interesting, humorous and scientific points, that when broken down seem so obvious. Highly recommend

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  • Adam Etheridge
  • 03-02-17

A Fascinating Thesis

What did you like about this audiobook?

Excellently performed, thoroughly researched, this is a must for all fans of theology. Dawkins belief's seem perfectly clear but he provides the information for you to draw your own conclusions.

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Not really, I'm interested in the subject matter and have already made my own mind up, I don't feel the need to look into the subject any further.

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Dawkins has clearly researched this subject to a exhaustive level and puts his thoughts across in a precise, concise manner.

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  • Justin
  • 02-13-17

Brilliantly thought provoking

Very well put, compelling argument. Sensible and logical. I enjoyed this book because it put my thoughts into words and helped me to describe my beliefs

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  • Nikko Knight
  • 02-09-17

Religion is surplus to requirements

Great narration by both.
Everyone of any faith or religion should study this book in order to make a rational judgement as to weather a supernatural being is realy the answear in a modern world of science.

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  • Paul
  • 02-07-17

Knockout book,

Dawkins has taken the world to task in a big way with a stellar piece of work. His details and reason are astonishingly impressive

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  • stuart
  • 01-25-17

agnostic to atheist (off the fence)

I wouldn't consider myself as especially impressionable but the way Richard makes the argument for science and against religion leaves little wriggle room for even the hardiest of the cloth. That said, and although his standpoint on the matter is abundantly clear from the outset, this book makes for good reading for everyone. It covers quite a wide range of topics from the origins of religion to how belief actually manifests itself in the human brain and from anicdotal biblical histories to the origin of species. Riveting stuff. I will read it again.