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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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    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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    Deeann Gibbs 07-04-15
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    "A classic for open minds."

    Get your critical thinking skills polished up for this classic treatise. The author does sound a touch smug, but with good reason.

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    scott 07-03-15
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    "Worth the credit"

    I was raised catholic and was interested in hearing another perspective so I checked it out. The narrators were unable to really pull me in as it was sort of bland. However some of the points and counterpoints were undeniably interesting. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an alternative to what they were taught.

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    Sven Golly 06-21-15
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    "Easy to understand."

    Please share with anyone trying to bash you over the head with a bible. However, if you try and share this book with someone very religious and a low IQ they won't get it.

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    jimfnyc 06-19-15
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    "Great book, irritating narration"

    Usually I prefer to have the author read the wrong works but in this case Dawsons narration is interspersed with comments by another narrator which annoyed me throughout the entire book

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    Jeremy 06-17-15
    Jeremy 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A world expanding book"

    I enjoyed the well thought out arguments expressed throughout the book. I especially liked the evidence that morality is innate in humans and his faith can over come that morality to cause people to do things that are outside of their moral views.

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    Chris Lunt Mountain View, CA United States 06-16-15
    Chris Lunt Mountain View, CA United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lebron James plays 4-square"

    He's a great storyteller (and reader), and his arguments are always beautiful, but he's necessarily responding to ridiculous arguments. I understand why, but that doesn't make it interesting to watch. Unless you have any religious feelings at all, stick to his other books.

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    alianka 06-03-15
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    "so true and so fascinating"

    i loved both the content and the narration. perfectly written book with understandable and fascinating content, Richard and Lalla have beautiful english i was able to understand even as a non native speaker.

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    Rick 06-02-15
    Rick 06-02-15
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    "a must read for everyone"

    this must be the next book you read. after that read the selfish gene. life is to short to live a delusion.

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