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Christopher Hitchens, hailed as "one of the most brilliant journalists of our time" (London Observer), takes on his biggest subject yet - the dangerous role of religion in the world.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which the heavens are replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

© 2007 Hachette Audio; (P) 2007 Orion

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Author mistook religious extremism for d religion

A very misleading book, as the author could not differentiate between religious extremism and the religion. Moreover, he completely ignores contributions of the religions to human civilisation.

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  • R
  • 03-14-08

For lovers of literature everywhere

Christopher Hitchens's pugilistic style is unlikely to be to everyone's taste. However, the book has its own superbly unique literary quality. And thus it is very different from the works by other non-theists. You can't fail to get the sense that Hitchens deeply cares about reducing the suffering caused by nonsensical beliefs. This being said, his work, in places, is rather superficial and sometimes wholly misses the spiritual point behind certain ideas (e.g. 'There but for the grace of God go I.') Nonetheless, anyone appreciative of literature will find this a valuable contribution to the discourse surrounding religion. Last but not least, to hear this book in Hitchens's own voice really is a pure delight.

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  • Cosima
  • 01-23-16

Hitchens is great

An intelligent and thought provoking book. Well read by Hitchens himself, if a little quickly in places. Worth listening to more than once.

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  • Chris
  • 04-28-15

A must read or listen.

Punctures the puffed up self important claims of the worlds religions, with his usual wit and erudition. Christopher Hitchens will be sadly missed.

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  • Geoff
  • 12-18-15

Essential listening (open mind required)

I really enjoyed the author narrating his own work.

Very brave to voice his opinion on such a volatile subject with so many fanatics intent on destroying all non believers. Excellent research and delivered in a style accessible to all.

Absolutely essential to all with an open mind. Shame so many are closed.....

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Nigel
  • 04-21-08

Listened to several times

He's preaching to the choir with me, but he is relentlessly entertaining and interesting: so much so I've listened to this 3 times.

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  • rossl1986
  • 04-10-17

Wish it was unabridged!

As above. I have to have 15 words or I cant submit. Blah blah blah

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  • Filip
  • 09-20-16

Good listen, but...

I love the content, but couldn't help being annoyed by Hitch's quick changes of voice volume. I realise he was a great speaker, but in this format and listened to with earphones, it's irritating and forces me to constantly change volume.

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  • Andi
  • 09-15-16

A must read for the fight against ignorance...

Hitchens takes all of the garbled half arguments you have rolling around your brain and clarifies them in to beautifully formed bullet points with which to dismantle any wide eyed fanatics confused logic. His formidable intellect is impossible to argue with. An excellent book, superbly read.

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  • Mads
  • 01-14-15

Amazing, simply amazing

Mr Hitchens is one of the greatest men to live and he will forever to missed... RIP

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-15

Clever bloke.

I'm starting to feel better about the thought of not existing forever. A lot to research from here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

Do not bother with this edition

Thus edition is only half of the original and should not be purchased.misses many salient points.
Audible have ripped me off