I had been thinking of downloading this book for some time, but as a committed atheist, I wasn?t sure if it would be for me ? I don?t need convincing. I also thought it would be dry. How wrong could I be. I love this book, and the narrative with Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward is very entertaining. I was reminded of the wonderful writing of Douglas Adams with both readers narrative ? appropriately enough, the book is dedicated to Douglas Adams, a good friend of Dawkins (who met his wife and fellow narrator, Lalla Ward though Douglas Adams).
Fantastic book that shows that it's not a crime to question in the belief of god. This book is constantly on my MP3 as it's so easy to go back to and enjoy.
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER HEARD/READ. NOT JUST A BRILLIANT WRITER, BUT A GOOD READER TOO. HE ARTICULATES COMPLEX CONCEPTS IN A WAY WHICH MAKES THEM ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. I WAS INSPIRED TO READ EVERYTHING ELSE HE HAS WRITTEN, AND HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED.
Richard Dawkins writes eloquently on all subjects and makes no apology for treating religion with the same respect as any other subject, rather than the 'treading-on-egg-shells' toadying that factions of today's religious population demands. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone, whatever their religious beliefs.
This book has changed my life. I have never believed in God, even when I was forced to go to Sunday school as a young child, it always seemed nonsense. This book gave me the backup, evidence and examples to reaffirm what I always thought. I suspect that this will be most useful to those who are in the "not sure" camp.
It is highly entertaining and would strongly recommend it.
I bought this after having read the book twice. In terms of content it is brilliant.
Dawkins argues everything so clearly and is one of the few intellectuals who, in my opinion, makes his subject available to the general public without dumbing it down.
As it should be with such discussions, I didn't agree with the arguments on a few issues but the general direction is unquestionable and has helped me to formalise my own debates with 'believers'.
An extra plus to the audio version is the narration. So often I download books that I have read and enjoyed, not to be able to listen to them because of tedious narration. This is not one of those books.
This is a must read book for people of all persuasions.
Wow! What a book. Obviously this title is going to cause sensation. It has. I felt it was worth it. The master stroke here was asking Richard and his wife Lalla too read the book. They compliment one another perfectly.
I will not discuss the rights and wrongs of the subjects dealt with in the book. It would be better to buy it and read, or listen to it for yourselves.
All I can say is that the book itself is a masterfull piece of work that I was totally obsessed with.
It has certainly helped me to face my existence with a new understanding about my place in the world.
A voice of reason and measure amongst the dogma of the religious zealots who demand all the airtime for their drivelling, demanding claptrap.
Dawkins dismembers the argument for gods of all varieties with a surgeon's precision and the force of an army. This book should be required reading for ALL children in our schools - and, please - no opt outs on religious grounds.
Arguments for gods are pursued with an even hand as Dawkins sets them up - before demolishing god with the wrecking ball of common sense.
If you think that god or allah, jahweh or thor would not like you to read this book - then you really ought to read it.
This is one of the best structured arguments refuting the idea of god. However, it would have benefited from a significant editing. The audio version is split between 2 readers, which I found distracting.
First of all, I have not read any of the reviews of this book, so I bring no influenced persuasion to mine.
If anybody who has any doubt, no matter how small about how we perceive ourselves on this Planet and fundamentally, how we came to be here at all,....then, Please, please, please, Read or Listen to this wonderfully explained History of Everything.
Nothing Mr. Dawkins Writes is 'made up', all the facts are laid bare in virtual chronological order for the reader to see.
Even if I do not have the education to fully understand some of the more erudite concepts conveyed here, I can absolutely understand the reasoning behind them.
I just wish the whole religious world would wake up to the fact that whatever their 'god' is, their 'god' has basically been invented by predecessors who had absolutely no understanding of even what the Sun or Moon was,.. let alone the Earth!
So, thank you Mr. Dawkins for justifying my questioning of all the religious rubbish I have encountered in my life, (mainly christian and catholic to name but a few of so many who think theirs is the best!)..
and giving me the strength to oppose ALL religious ideas forthwith.
People CAN be Good and Moral without having to subscribe to a Frankly absurd notion of their 'god' watching over their every action and thought, intent on damning them to 'Eternal suffering' should they
think or do something against the so called 'commandments'!!
If you are going to believe in something, get real and believe in reality.
GREAT BOOK.. BUY IT!!!!