Regular price: $27.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Editorial Reviews

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    5,803
  • 4 Stars
    2,026
  • 3 Stars
    775
  • 2 Stars
    272
  • 1 Stars
    195

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    4,033
  • 4 Stars
    1,302
  • 3 Stars
    471
  • 2 Stars
    127
  • 1 Stars
    105

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    4,042
  • 4 Stars
    1,245
  • 3 Stars
    441
  • 2 Stars
    117
  • 1 Stars
    111
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

excellent book

What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

it's full of easy to understand facts. blows all the bible myths straight to hell, or imaginary hell!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard dawkins.

Which scene was your favorite?

all of it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

its all lies, the bible that is.

Any additional comments?

ya, religion is a myth! <br/>

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Tedious!

This book is as tedious as a theological dissertation or a sermon about the triune God.








  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jeffrey
  • Kitchener, ON, Canada
  • 09-13-15

Fantastic

This well crafted book will arm any rationalist with well reasoned arguments to defend your stance. I hope many more get this book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Recommend

Insightful but tedious in places. Examples are overlong. Like preaching to the choir in reverse.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Excellent book

I am extremely impressed with how well Richard kept this text interesting and enlightening. I want to tell everyone about this book so that they can see the logic of atheism.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Brilliant

Dawkin's piece 'The God Delusion' is one of the most eye-opening works I have ever read. My original intent was to gain much needed perspective on religion and how it affects society. What I got was an amazing and inspiring explanation of the secular world view.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

incredible

Brilliant. Just brilliant. Highly recommend to anyone that's a human being. I couldn't imagine anyone other than Richard and Lalla narrating his book. At no point was I not intrigued even though I had already shared the same views. Professor Dawkins brings to light all or most of the arguments to be made in contemplating the origins of life and morals of humans from both religious and scientific views in order to show the importance of science literacy, critical thinking, and the potential and actual destructive power of religion. I sincerely hope more of the American population and the rest of the world will open their views to reason. I can not say enough for this book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A Scientific Approach to Disproving Religion

Dawkins does an excellent job of covering the God Delusion as he calls it. The book is written much like a compelling scientific article rather than a book which may turn some readers off. Dawkins makes sure in each of his chapters to prove his argument sometimes using multiple facts/references/studies. Some might see this as redundant however when debating or discussing these sorts of topics it seems that religious people always have an answer to the atheist's argument. Dawkins helps to always educate you on the next move. The book is more educational and thought provoking than inspiring by my scale.

I read this book knowing that I didn't necessarily believe in a religion but unable to give a reason as to why beyond that it just didn't seem to add up. Having read this I am much more confident in my decision to declare myself an atheist as well as engage in civil conversation with those that disagree. If you are questioning the idea of religion this book will strongly sway you away from it chapter by chapter.

Finally the greatest takeaway for myself as a new parent is the thought of childhood indoctrination. Dawkins urges readers to take a stand when they hear adults declare children as Christians, Jews, or classify them in any other belief system before they are old enough to make the judgement themselves. (Listen to the audio sample) Often times we as parents force our way of thinking, either politically, economically, morally, and in this case religiously, on our children from an early age. Usually expressing that all other ways of thinking are incorrect for no other reason than we disagree with them. It's not fair to our children or to the benefit of society to not allow them to develop themselves and come to their own beliefs and values.

All together it was a very inspiring book especially for those who believe in science. Anyone questioning whether or not atheism is what they believe in should read this.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Excellent!

As a "born again atheist" I cannot recommend this book enough. It cuts through thousands of years of superstition and willful ignorance with grace and reasoned argument.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Magnificent!

It is completely a different experience listening to the boom narrated by Dawkins himself. The level of passion put into this work is worth experiencing.