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    Why we think it's Essential: Astute critic and biographer Christopher Hitchens comes out swinging in this—dare I say it—enjoyable discussion of religions worldwide. Believers and nonbelievers alike will find value in listening to this provocative book that comes at a time when people the world over are reeling from news of terrorist acts inspired by religious fundamentalism. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have trod this road in recent years, but it is Hitchens who achieves the most memorable exploration. – Corey Thrasher

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    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' 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 hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty of the double helix.
    ©2007 Christopher Hitchens (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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    "The best of the recent rash of atheist manifestos." ( Publishers Weekly)
    "Effortlessly witty and entertaining as well as utterly rational." ( Booklist)

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    We need more people like Mr Hitchens

    Well written and read, expected no less from Ch. Hitchens.
    Unfortunately the value in atheism remains quite a controversial topic.
    The arguments for and against it in this book are politely addressed on the ground of reason.

    If only that scientifically based methodology was made a requirement in the public debate.
    We dearly need more of this kind of arguments
    in these times of reinvigorated sectarianism.

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    • Michael
    • 13/12/2009

    5-Star Writing. Perfect Author Narration.

    Okay, I'm officially angry--people have written reviews here claiming Hitchens's reading of his book is inaudible or full of mumbling. My fear is that you will read those reviews and decide on that point alone to eschew purchasing this book.

    Let me elucidate this for you: on perhaps 3 occasions in a book of more than 8 hours, Hitchens ends a sentence so quietly that its very hard to hear what he's saying. That's it. Juxtapose this non-issue with the insuperable benefit of having Hitchens read his own work. He knows just where to put the emphasis, where to sound incredulous. When he says "I" he really means it because its HIM talking. Couldn't have asked for a better reader. The book itself is plainly fascinating. Hitchens once said in an interview that one should read books which make one feel inadequate (in the positive intellectual sense). God Is Not Great is one of those books. Guaranteed to be one of the best credits you'll ever use. This book spurred me to research Hitchens and I discovered he is quite a remarkable man. The most impressive thing about Hitchens and his writing is probably his vocabulary. It's simply daunting and highly educational to listen to this book. And that's to say nothing of the immensely lucid, incisive, prescient and thoroughly convincing content of Hitchens's thesis that religion is man made and presents the greatest threat to the continuation of human prosperity. This is one of those "must read" books regardless of which side of the issue you fall on. Note: Make sure to complement Hitchens with Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Sam Harris (The End of Faith), both of whose major atheist texts are available in unabridged form on Audible, and both of which are as excellent, if not quite as succinct as Hitchens's book. For the best opposition view, read Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity?

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    • Ben Capozzi
    • 13/11/2011

    ...Though Hitchens Is!

    Wow. I started reading this at 6am on a Saturday morning and could not stop until finished that evening.

    I've seen Hitchens before on news programs, and the man's opinions and intellect are irrepressible so I had some idea of what I was in for. Still, this book is just amazing. Bracing. Uncompromising. Informed. Secular.

    Hitchens' assault on Religion is without reprieve and may serve as a significant crossbeam in the structure of any atheist's mental architecture. I imagine that the faithful reading this to 'study up on the enemy' will find only things that make them very angry or uncomfortable. I do NOT think Hitchens will lead to any conversions; his style is far too abrasive. However, some folks do respond best to aggressive intervention.

    For me though, the best of this book is the clear breadth and depth of the author's mind. I simply cannot recall the last time I read anything so damned erudite. Agree or disagree with him, Hitchens is an amazing American intellectual.

    From here, I'm actually returning to one of Hitchens' cited authors, Bart Ehrman, whom I've explored only marginally before, but that is one of the real joys of this book –if you're a sincere explorer, Hitchens points out a dazzling number of fascinating areas on the map of human progress to explore yourself. Even if you don't accept his conclusions, you may be reminded of all those Enlightenment and earlier figures who form the dim constellation of our understanding that you glossed over in (perhaps graduate-) school, if at all. I'm certainly inspired to brush up.

    I love that this is narrated by Hitchins himself, which seems the best way to experience it. Those who feel they may need to recall and reference his arguments again may want a visual version in print or ebook format, but, especially now that esophageal cancer has taken his voice from him, I feel very fortunate (dare not say blessed!) to have this edition.

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    • Ian
    • 08/11/2007

    A sardonic and sobering look at faith

    After listening to Christopher Hitchens' own oral reading of his book, I read a few reviews online. While most praised the London-born Vanity Fair columnist's prose and wit, many took him to task over alleged wild generalizations and selective readings of supposedly sacred texts and events.

    Never mind them. Hitchens' book is a scathing -- and, were this a just world, sobering -- examination not only of the tenets and histories of the three "big box" monotheisms of the world, but also of the idea of religion in general. While Hitchens lays out very specific cases against Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (he even reserves a lengthy chapter for the fallacies inherent to the supposedly benign "Eastern" religions), his most potent vitriol is reserved for that universal class of charlatans who have made their living out of the cynical and systematic usage of mankind's vestigial fear of the unknown.

    Hitchens' draws on religious texts (including the Torah, Bible, and Koran) as well as many religious writers from throughout history to make his often hilarious and well-reasoned case against God.

    Channeling Voltaire, he muses that instead of God creating man in his own image, man creates God in his.

    Hitchens' accent is very light, and on the whole he is very enjoyable to listen to, although he occasionally mumbles and is prone to finishing paragraphs off with a somewhat louder final phrase. However, he is careful to pause clearly when quoting any lengthy passages.

    "God Is Not Great" won't appeal to believers, but for anyone who is cynical toward the overall effect religion has had on world history and humanity, look no further.

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    • phil b
    • 04/05/2007

    Do not narrate your own work!!!

    Christopher Hitchens is one of our very few public intellectuals. His ruminations, especially on this important topic, must be read closely. His sentences are dense with ideas, allusions to antiquity, and logical construction.

    What a shame then, that Hitchens has chosen to read this work. With his accent and adenoidal monotone, he races through the narration. The ends of many sentences get swallowed. Much of this fine book is virtually unintelligible.

    Read by Scott Brick or Richard Matthews, this book would be teriffic. As it is, if you want to give this book the attention it deserves, click on over to Amazon.

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    • Robert
    • 25/11/2011

    Why read this book?

    So you've read Bertrand Russell's 1927 essay Why I Am Not a Christian and you're wondering why read Hichens? It's more than cold, hard logic about only Christianity. So you say you've read Sam Harris, The End of Faith and you're wondering the same thing? Well, Hichens is more than just about indicting Christians and really slamming Muslims. He's not so much about promoting atheism as Richard Dawkins as he is about promoting reasoned thought and critical thinking. Thinking that includes the unmasking of violence behind pacifist Buddhism which blew my socks off.

    And what about that mumbling narration by the author? Is it that bad? It really is. I would have thought that a book this good with so much to be proud of, the author would have taken more care to enunciate a little bit more clearly. So here is what I would recommend: wear earphones. I have Bose noise-canceling earphones that worked just fine. Listening in the car did not work at all. One of the best parts of the book, the author's wit, is lost in his endings of so many sentences into audible unintelligibility. The author has a beautiful voice and I loved listening to it... when I could hear it.

    So why read/listen to this book? It is just that good.

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    • John M.
    • 11/05/2007

    Hitchens is a very smart dude!

    Great book and I thought Hitchens narration made it even better. Those that say Hitchens should not have narrated his own book have it wrong. This book is written in typical Christopher Hitchens speak. Anyone else narrating it just wouldn't have been right as they broke the mold after Hitchens was born! LOL

    You do not have to be an atheist to enjoy the book. Just gives you another perspective. A+++

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    • Cora Judd
    • 07/12/2008

    Clarifies ones thinking

    It's true, Hitchens may mumble and he speaks with a British accent. To allow this to obscure the important ideas that he explores is a mistake. If it's sound ideas you're after, God is Not Great has more than can be absorbed in a single reading. The book is more than worthy of the minor effort.

    I'm persuaded by God is Not Great that any good that religion may accomplish can be better achieved without religion and, conversely, the worst evils will arise from religious belief, as they always have.

    Hitchens strengthens my view of religious faith as a barrier to clear thinking. It was refreshing to see his clinical treatment of religion in America, something Americans can't seem to do. The Mormons are one of his examples. Few in the US either know enough or have the nerve to discuss Joseph Smith as the sexual predator and con man that history shows him to be, or analyze the timely "revelations" that have kept the Mormons clinging to the fringes of viability through the years. The Mormons are only one of the book's examples of how fast a religion can spring from a fertile mind and spread to infect millions. Hitchens makes a good case that we in America are uniquely susceptible to such charlatans (although England's new relationship with Islam would make equally fascinating reading).

    Those who are religious merely out of habit or a failure of introspection may be the ones to embrace the rationale of 'God is Not Great' most easily. The grimly devout will probably respond to Hitchens' ideas with the usual vitriol. They may rightly sense the inherent threat that such rational treatment of the 3 main religions' histories poses.

    I ended the book seeing that we're in a bit of a Dark Age and won't be free until the majority see religious thinking as the human invention that it is, and the devout minority are relegated to the same status as conspiracy theorists and UFO seekers.

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    • Patrick Marstall
    • 07/05/2007

    Entertaining

    I saw this guy interviewed on the Daily Show a couple weeks back and I was intrigued by what he said was in the book, so I picked it up. When I saw it was narrated by the author, I was originally put off -- on the Daily Show he was a bit of a slow talker, and generally the authors don't do as good a job as professional narrators. But the editor did a good job chopping out the pauses, and Hitchen's tendency to mumble his hard consonants was not too bad unless there was a lot of noise in the gym.

    The book is... ah, I'm not quite sure how to describe it. A screed against religion, I suppose. Initially it seems to be a long essay on why atheism... or perhaps Atheism... is the proper way to go if we as a planet are to move on. But it often devolves into a series of anecdotal vignettes on why religion and the religious are bad for... well, everything. Many times this is fascinating and sometimes it's a bit unfair (he tends to cherry-pick assumptions and forgive ignorance cases where it helps his cause and lambaste it in places where it does not), but it is always very entertaining.

    I enjoyed the dense allusions to classical literature and puns; pretentious maybe, but if you are reading the book you'll probably like it too.

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    • Ramachandra
    • 07/05/2007

    Good book, badly read

    The book makes an interesting reading and is quite an eye opener. But unfortunately I could not enjoy listening to this because of poor quality of reading. Mr.Hichens should not have read this one himself. He tends to swallow the last part of most of the sentences. I have had to constantly lower / raise the volume of my instrument, even with in a sentence. This has really taken the pleasure of listening to an unnecessary low. I am sorry to say that this the worst listening experience I have had in Audible so far.

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    • David
    • 04/05/2007

    Fanaticism -- Not Religion -- Is Poison

    This book is part of a growing body of recent pop literature that trades on the general Europeanesque hatred of religion. Mr. Hitchins makes the typical mistake of associating religion with fanaticism. Perhaps it would be more correct to say that events of the 20th century have proven it takes people who fervently believe in doing good to do truly evil things.

    But in the end Hitchins' arguments are not persuasive.

    Religion exists to feed a real and palpable spiritual hunger. Some people have it and some people don't. Perhaps this is why that American churches and cathedrals are not merely museums or tombs of dead monarchs and dreary poets.

    Mr. Hitchins' book will no doubt be part of the required reading list of the younger and more rebellious faculty of the literature departments at some of our less impressive universities. But, don't expect to find it in the hands of grieving parents or just outside the doors of the emergency rooms of hospitals.


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    • ankepanke
    • 09/03/2009

    schwer zu verstehen

    Ich lebe schon lange in Irland und habe kein Problem englisch zu verstehen, aber dieses Hoerbuch ist doch sehr anstrengend. Es ist sehr monoton und viel zu schnell vorgelesen und ich muss mich schon sehr konzentrieren um den sicher sehr interessanten Inhalt zu verstehen.

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    • olivert
    • 12/07/2014

    Tolles Buch, leider schlecht gelesen

    Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie God is Not Great treffend charakterisieren?

    Wahrheit tut weh.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    Ich habe einige Videos von Hitch gesehen (in verschiedenen Diskussionen) und habe ihn prima verstanden. Ganz anders dagegen als Vorleser seines eigenen Buches. Er leiert es in schlechtestem britischen Akzent herunter, dass es für mich teilweise extrem schwer war, ihm zu folgen.

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    • Tobias Baltus
    • 05/04/2013

    Diese unprofessionelle Lesung ist eine Zumutung!!!

    Der Text ist phonetisch kaum zu verstehen! Dieser Text ist für mich als "non-native speaker" total unbrauchbar! Ich bin wütend über das rausgeworfene Geld!!!

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    • kristof
    • 18/05/2015

    Brilliant book by a brilliant man

    Christopher Hitchens is as charming as he is right. His analyses are sharp and to the point, but with the necessary humour.

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    • Konstantin Frey
    • 15/12/2020

    Dens arsenal of arguments, beautiful language, optimizable audio

    The content is great. So many arguments and lines of thought always backed up by source.

    The language is beautiful. And I had to look up a lot of words for the high level of Englisch presented.

    However the thing that was annoying was the way it was read making it often hard to understand even at 0.7 reading speed. At times the authors felt like he was mumbling and was extremely hard to understand.
    I often head to crank up the audio level to max to understand while driving. As much as I love books being read by authors, in this case Someone with a clearer voice might better convey the excellent and important message of this book.

    Though a clear recommendation!!!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 31/10/2021

    why not get a professional to read it?!

    content is fine. too much focus on intelligent design and other "obvious" flaws of religion in my opinion... at parts it turns into rambling.

    speaker is not great! not enjoyable to listen to. as a non-native it's hard to understand!

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    • Edrin Kondi
    • 17/06/2020

    Simply enlightening

    One of the best books you'll ever read about the futility, anachronism, absurdity and barbarism of religion

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    • Peter
    • 09/06/2020

    Modernes religionskritisches Standardwerk

    Der 2011 verstorbene Hitchens ist sicher einer wichtigsten Religionskritiker des neuen Jahrtausends. Für die Fremdsprachler unter den Hörern wäre es aber wünschenswert gewesen, er hätte das Buch einem professionellen Sprecher überlassen. Seine betonungsarme nuschelnde Aussprache macht ihn schwer verständlich.

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    • Felix Koch
    • 31/10/2018

    Exceptionally well researched

    Say what you want about Hitchens but one cannot deny his solid based arguments. It's the quintessentially difference between fundamentalist Christians and scientists.

    The only problem - may it be subjective - I have with this book is that it's not the easiest vocabulary for a none native English speaker. My level of understanding is between C1 and C2 university level and I was able to understand about 60 - 70 percent.

    Nevertheless, I can highly recommend this audiobook.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 27/05/2017

    Brilliantly researched, beautifully narrated

    This book, like anything from Christopher Hitchens, dazzles through its depth of insight and its beautiful, intricate language. As someone who loves to listen to Christopher Hitchens videos, hearing this book in his own voice was a special treat.