I've both read it and listened to this, several times now, and thought I'd wait a bit before adding my comments.
As an audiobook, it's superb - well read, and yes, the two voices work.
As a book, the content is remarkable, well-thought through and devastating - yes, Dawkins has strongly held views and a real anger about religion, its sources and its consequences. It is the book that atheists and agnostics who previously weren't sure why they felt what they felt have been waiting for - it articulates all their concerns.
Which is why, religious readers, simply dismissing it is both foolish and counter-productive. If we cannot read it, respect its honesty (even if we disagree) and counter its arguments intelligently and thoughtfully, other than by stamping our feet and sticking our fingers in our ears then we have no right to take the high ground. (And getting personal and vindictive is hardly Christian!)
Know your enemy, and work out the best way to deal with him! Are we really so insecure about our beliefs that we cannot counter Dawkins on his own ground, intellectually?
The aim of the book: to turn the reader into someone who denies all things supernatural; worked on me. And I feel all the better for it - and I didn't know I would.
I loved this book, I've read other Dawkins books but this is my favourite so far. I have really tried to be religious but just not been able to make myself believe. I've tried lots of different religions thinking "perhaps it's just this religion I don't get lets try another and see". I eventually tried the Quakers, the most free and relaxed religion I've found and came home and realised there's too much God in Quakerism even. I'd been brought up to think good people were religious and so I felt like I should be religious but I'd suddenly realised I was an atheist. Richard Dawkins is like having your dad tell you it's ok not to believe in God. I read this book after I'd watched his tv series Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life. I then bought an Atheists Guide to Christmas (it was Christmas time after all) and the God Dellusion. I've started the New Year as an atheist and am much happier for it. I have Richard Dawkins to thank for helping me to sort through my thoughts and for going through each of the arguments for religion systematically and explaining why it's a poor argument.
Richard Dawkin's narration is excellent as always. Its nice that he mixes up the narration by having parts narrated by someone else. Lala Ward has narrated some of his other books and I find her voice a bit too prim sometimes but its rather sweet knowing that she is Dawkin's wife.
Whatever your opinion of Richard Dawkins may be, he creates a compelling argument in the God Delusion. The book is quite long, but never gets boring. Non-fiction books like this work perfectly as audiobooks, and The God Delusion is no exception. Recommended, as long as you're not the type of person who would get offended by the subject matter.
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!!!!
Wherever you stand on the whole issue of religion, this is a fascinating book. It's unfairly maligned by many with sturdy convictions. Everyone should read it.
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.
I have both read and listened to this book. As with all of Dawkins books it is both inspiring and easy to read/listen to. His arguments are clear, logical and ultimately are based on provable facts. This book should be in every bedside draw. I do not believe any honest person can read it/listen to it and still have any belief in a god.
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.
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.