The Four Horsemen

The Discussion That Sparked an Atheist Revolution
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Four Horsemen by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. With a foreword by Stephen Fry. 

Known as the ‘four horsemen’ of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the 21st century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights - about religion and atheism, science and sense - speaks with urgency to our present age.

Questions they asked of each other included: Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?

The dialogue was recorded and is presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen. 

With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential listening for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

©2019 Richard Dawkins (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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These Gentleman are very big thinkers

Sometimes Christopher Hitchens' voice is dim, and white noise interrupts Dennett, but otherwise this is a philosophical masterclass.

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  • Rachel
  • 03-23-19

I miss Hitch

The original YouTube video contributed to much to my own intellectual development. I mostly bought the audible book to support the cause but the foreword and 3 essays at the start were an added joy.

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  • Jonty
  • 04-12-19

Four Horsemen - Enthralling listen.

To get these four people together to discuss different areas of interest, all relating their personal views with each other is forever a one off. To appreciate the acquired knowledge and experience that develops their thoughts is awe inspiring. It generates as many questions as it answers and is truly a great occasion we can listen to.

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  • Steven Emsley
  • 03-18-19

A Precious Document

A thought provoking symposium by four great minds. Balanced and self critical. Makes you proud to belong to our species, again.

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  • Cod Lips
  • 03-07-19

Clear Thinking. Observable Lucid Truth.

Not all atheists lead such exemplary, impactful thoughtful lives. Those of faith wanting to make the world a safer place must get over the endowment effect of their assorted debunked dogmas, and behave well simply because they can, minus the various twisted, tyrannical, mystical bullies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-19

what a meeting of minds. such clear thinking.

a rare meeting of four genius men about a rather taboo subject. food for thought

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  • William
  • 07-22-20

Voices of sanity

The centrepiece of the book is the chat between the famous 4 on their perspectives on a range of faith and religion-related topics. There are no really original ideas here for readers familiar with their writings and discussions, but it is interesting to hear about their experiences and people's reactions to their ideas. For readers new to their thinking, the book constitutes a short and useful introduction to the what and why of the atheist position. A useful take-away, from Dennett if I remember correctly, is that for those of us convinced of the soundness of the atheist perspective, it is important to quietly make clear to friends and acquaintances that this is where we stand. Not on a soapbox, but with two feet on the ground, the mind open and the imagination soaring. Despite the sparkling clarity of the sanity and reasonableness of the atheist stance, many people have simply not heard these ideas presented in a calm way. So we are encouraged to proselytize or maybe should we say Fight the Good Fight ? A value-added dimension is provided by Stephen Fry's witty and admiring introduction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-19

religion....asissd!!

The book should be read In all religious studies. it's a dramatic eye opener for all seeking or living with religion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-19

like visiting erudite friends

an enjoyable impromptu talk between stalwarts of the humanist movement. recording of the actual conversation is not great but decent enough.

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  • Mikasa Ackerman
  • 02-15-19

A must listen for all followers.

The original conversation in all its glory, new pieces from Dawkins and Dennett are insightful and bring the conversation further forward in continum. A fitting forward by the great Stephen Fry to the inspiring Four Horsemen and a sweet moment to his late friend Hitch.

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  • Nicholas Hearnden
  • 09-25-20

Excellent

oh god I miss Christopher Hitchens so much - such a shame he is no longer with us

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  • daniel
  • 02-19-19

Loved it but

Should be much much longer. I only gave it 4 stars for performance because the length of the book just doesn't cut it, it leaves you wanting more. Great book, well worth a download. RIP Christopher Hitchens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

Too short for $15.

You will enjoy this conversation if you have read their work. I will say however, you'd be better off finding YouTube videos on these men than spending you money here.

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  • Tipene
  • 02-24-19

Insightful

Brilliant to see how mature conversationalists can have an unmediated discussion about topics that they are passionate about, and yet maintain respect and genuine interest in each other’s opinions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

Ego Trip

I kept asking myself what the purpose of the conversation was, and concluded that the whole time was spent as an egotistical exercise. There was an absence of enquiry from each other, and nothing of substance was said. It was a big disappointment for me, as I wanted to learn from these experts.

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  • Nick Clutterbuck
  • 05-18-20

Meh

It was ok, but very short for full price or credit if you're listening to this via audible.. anything under 3hrs long should be cheaper than the same price as an 18hr long listen..

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  • Ken
  • 02-06-20

Exactly what I expected it to be

Four very intelligent men come together to discuss a topic I'm passionate about. What more can I ask?

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  • kuiper_belt_transport
  • 12-30-19

Eye opening and balanced discussion of ideas.

Eye opening and balanced discussion of ideas. The gentlemen discuss the pros and cons of religion, with honest acceptance of what they do and don't know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-19

4 geniuses

Do yourself a favour and enjoy a conversation and the reflection of four of our leading minds in the 21st century. I will re-listen to this over and over for the insight and self growth it ignites.

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  • KZ
  • 08-10-19

An absolute joy

I thoroughly enjoyed the substance of this discussion, the minds behind it and their efforts to broaden this very important topic in society. Self and surrounding examination is vital to our collective evolution as a species. I thank Harris Dawkins and Bennett for soldiering on and I thank Hitchens for what he gave till his end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-19

Stimulating, intelligent, honest and passionate

Loved it. I only wish it was possible for another edition. R.I.P Christopher Hitchens. The interplay of these 4 like-minded but interestingly different intellects is fascinating