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Outgrowing God

A Beginner’s Guide
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Random House presents the audio edition of Outgrowing God by Richard Dawkins.

Should we believe in God? In this new book, for a new generation, the brilliant science writer and author of The God Delusion explains why we shouldn’t.

Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe? Do we need God in order to be good? In 12 chapters that address some of the most profound questions human beings confront, Dawkins marshals science, philosophy and comparative religion to interrogate the hypocrisies of all the religious systems and explain to listeners of all ages how life emerged without a Creator, how evolution works and how our world came into being.

For anyone hoping to grapple with the meaning of life and what to believe, Outgrowing God is a challenging, thrilling and revelatory listen.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Richard Dawkins (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Educative fasinating as always, thanks Richard

A well naritated and with simple samples gives the mains a point start to explore the "new world" Wich was always there..

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  • Fantasy Demon
  • 10-12-19

One of the Great Explainers of Science

At 78 Dawkins has lost none of his brilliance. Pithy, eloquent and enormously enjoyable for a layperson such as myself this book can be seen as the 'little brother' to his groundbreaking 2006 work 'The God Delusion'. More in the style of 'The Magic of Reality' this book can be listened to (and understood!) by adults and children alike and may prove especially enlightening for the latter. I must also mention how important it is for an author to read their own work and thus imbue it with their own nuance of meaning - something Dawkins has always been prepared to do. I just wish he could be persuaded (for the sake of completists like me!) to narrate the books missing from the audible catalogue such as Unweaving the Rainbow and Climbing Mount Improbable. All we have left from the equally great Carl Sagan are a few chapters from Pale Blue Dot and Dawkins' great friend Douglas Adams gave us The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul but imagine how fantastic it would been if they had narrated their entire bibliography? Please take note, Richard!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-19

What a mind and what a book!!

Richard Dawkins is a living legend of sparkling pros and eloquently worded science. This book touches on many of the subjects that he has previously discussed in his earlier books.An excellent example of how evolution and the natural world can give beautiful examples of simple rules giving way to breathe taking complexity. For me this is a perfect read, not in his usual style of dialectical prestidigitation. But worded well so everyone can enjoy the subjects and be amazed by what science has discovered.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

Loved it! Nobody does this better!

Even better than The God Delusion because it is current and easier to follow.

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  • richard
  • 10-08-19

a short guide to god

this maybe a better title, I really liked the book, and have enjoyed the past books.

A little concerned this simplifies and rehashes old work, but I guess if there wasnt a god, there still isnt a god, so not much in new material can be introduced.

The quality of the recording seemed to be lacking, either richard dawkins had a sore throat or a lack of quality.

It did seem to improve when he got into the middle section of the book.

Overall, a great book for newcomers and the next generation to get into.

4 stars due to quality of recording and duplicated work in other books.

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  • Chris H.
  • 10-07-19

Excellent

Im a huge fan of Dawkins. I’ve read all of his books. This is a great introduction to his writing. It introduces the awe-inspiring science side of his writing as well as his thoughts on religion. This would be a great book to introduce an overview of his writing to someone new to his work. The only fault I would have is the choice of title. I think it may put off the very readers that need to read it. Other than that, it is a great book. Highly recommended.

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  • Carine
  • 10-05-19

What used to be a complicated topic

Another clear explanation and set of tools for any person that would like to put his own thinking cap on.

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  • I. A. Wright
  • 09-27-19

Sensible comments

I’ve been an atheist for some 62 years and a questioner for several years before. The points about indoctrination by family and society are key to ‘belief’. Synaptic plasticity (q.v) ensures that a message repeated often enough will usually create fixed Ca+ pathways in the brain, that will probably cause the brain to always take those pathways whether the message is true, such as 2+2=4, or completely false, such as the supremacy of Caucasians over others.

When synaptic pathways are set in Ca+ concrete, the brain accepts that message to be infallible and denies the possibility of any other truth. It considers any alternative to be a face-threatening act and adopts a fight-or-flight position. Hence, the ‘My god is bigger than yours’ conflicts and murders.

Dawkins argues his points well, carefully explaining terms that some readers might not understand. This book is worth reading, especially by theists, who I sincerely hope will take up the challenge and prove that any god exists.

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  • S D BALL
  • 09-28-19

Definitely not The God Delusion ‘light.’

An excellent audiobook, well researched and argued, as one would expect from Dawkins. It is made all the more accessible by being read by the author himself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-19

Fun book!

This book is so fun that I got through it in a single day. It flows much easier than the God Delusion which I still haven't finished but I will. Only downside is that chapters aren't named and audio quality could be slightly better. I hear some slight artifacts from low bitrate. That's why I gave it 4 stars overall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-19

wonderful

i learned so much and really enjoyed listening to Richard Dawkins reading his own work