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The God Delusion Audiobook

The God Delusion

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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Richard Dawkins invites you to imagine a world where New York's Twin Towers still stand, where Arabs and Israelis live in peace, where the Crusades—events directly responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.2 million persons—never happened. In short, he invites you to imagine a world that would have been, and could be, without religion. That is not to say that he wishes to discard religion only because of its historical relationship to violence. This extensive, powerfully argued examination of why we believe, and the imperative of turning from Faith to Reason, has become an international best seller. It could change your life.

Publisher's Summary

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.

Dawkins has fashioned an impassioned, rigorous rebuttal to religion, to be embraced by anyone who sputters at the inconsistencies and cruelties that riddle the Bible, bristles at the inanity of "intelligent design", or agonizes over fundamentalism in the Middle East or Middle America.

©2006 Richard Dawkins; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Richard Dawkins is the leading soothsayer of our time....The God Delusion continues his thought-provoking tradition." (J. Craig Venter, decoder of the human genome)
"The God Delusion is smart, compassionate, and true....If this book doesn't change the world, we're all screwed." (Penn & Teller)
"The world needs...passionate rationalists....Richard Dawkins so stands out through the cutting intelligence of The God Delusion." (James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, author of The Double Helix)

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    Thavin Chatjuthamard 07-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely great!!!"

    A must read (or listen) for everyone, religious or not. Highly entertaining and educational at the same time.

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    Jordan 07-24-15
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    "Amazing"

    I loved this book, the perspectives on religion are ones I've never even thought of but am glad to now know

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    Customer 07-24-15
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    "A Must Read!!"

    Incredible! Richard Dawkins is my hero! If you enjoyed this book, I'd recommend 'The Blind Watchmaker'.

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    "Mind Opening and Eye Opening"
    What did you love best about The God Delusion?

    I really enjoyed how this book pushed the limits on human intellect. Where a modern human may stop their pursuit of knowledge and attribute a cause to a higher being, Richard Dawkins encourages the reader to continue their pursuit of knowledge until a definite answer is found.


    What other book might you compare The God Delusion to and why?

    Bill Nye Undeniable. Bill Nye carefully explains answers to ancient questions with scientific facts.


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    I really liked how the narrators would alternate when a quote was said or a different point was being presented.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book gave me goosebumps on several occasions. It presented factual evidence along with logical questions that made me question my own methods of (primitive) thinking. I felt like figurative blinders were removed from my eyes and I became more logical the more I listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has questions or doubts about their own religion should read (or listen to) this book. Anyone who is agnostic or an atheist and is afraid of admitting it, should read (or listen to) this book.

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    Alla Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada 07-22-15
    Alla Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada 07-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The best read if my life"

    Intelligent, passionate and honest. Easy to read and east to follow because that's what the message is. The narration reflects all the beauty of the book in the best possible way. Everyone must read this book. It must be taught in school in grade 4.

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    Perry MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO, United States 07-18-15
    Perry MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO, United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic book!!"

    This is a very good read for believers or none believers. If you are sitting on the fence, please read this book.

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    SCOTT 07-17-15
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    "A must-read for anyone and everyone!"

    Very well written - clear and concise with many often humour examples of how fascinating science can be in both explaining and enriching our lives, and why religion is not only no longer necessary but often very harmful.
    Thank you Richard Dawkins!

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    Thomas Boniface 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great presentation"

    For such a complex subject, this was an easy listen. His thoughts were well organized and presented. And their diction was masterful, as only our cousins across the pond seem to be able to do.

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    Family 07-15-15
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    "If You're Thinking You Should Read It, You Should"

    Also, if you think you shouldn't read it, you totally should. :)

    Much of this book was not really for me, as I've long been an atheist, but I *did* find "consciousness raising" and call-to-action treatments to be enjoyable. Also, the perspective on how we approach the indoctrination of children was fascinating.

    This is a big subject to cover in a single book, and I'll admit that at times I wished Dawkins spent more or less effort on a particular topic. Of course he mentioned that thorough treatments of these subjects may be found elsewhere.

    At times I felt the transition of narrators to be jarring, mostly earlier in the book. When it made sense, it worked beautifully, as in cases where Lalla gave voice to a citation or quote.

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    James O. Williams Aiken,SC 07-12-15
    James O. Williams Aiken,SC 07-12-15

    Just a stupid truck driver.

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    "Dawkins is too nice, but great book."
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Truth bombs dropped.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A. Nonfiction.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yeah, when he stated that every atom that your body is currently made up of now, was NOT there when you were a child.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Dawkins is actually too nice towards religious people. Religious people have lied to children and that is the "ultimate sin." I think he made one mistake in the book, though. He says that Christians are never happy when someone dies. He is wrong. When my mother passed away in January of this year, losing her battle with cancer, the fundamentalists in my family, the ones who really believe the scriptures, actually WERE "praising the lord" because they thought my mom went to heaven and that "they wished they could go with her."

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