In a series of acurate readings of the major religious texts, he demonstrates the ways in which religion is man-made, dangerously sexually repressive, and distorts the origins of the cosmos.
With robust 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 awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. God Is Not Great marvels at the possibility of society without religion.
©2007 Christopher Hitchens; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This is one of my favorite purchases. I read the book when it was first released after hearing Hitchens on the Today program (radio 4) debating his irksome younger sibling (Peter). This listen is an excellent rebuke of all monotheistic religions by looking at the ridiculousness of the readings in the Bible (old and new), Torah and Koran along with other religious lifestyle books (Hadif). Hitchen's great command of language and story telling come to the fore and he throws in a few of his own stories which are funny. You will not regret this purchace.
Excellent analysis of the histories of religions and there success in controlling our societies and individuals and of their consistently bad behavior when they find themselves in the majority. A breath of fresh air for those who wish to have an unshackled mind. Can't rate this work to highly.
This is an incredible book that will point the true learner chasing down references but it has disabused me of so many notions that I feel quite empty. At least with Dawkins I could draw some strength from Ghandi and the New Testament. I will have to start my beliefs all over again and so would not recommend this to anyone who holds their prejudices dear.
Wonderful book, from a wonderful man, read in his own inimitable voice. I dutifully read 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, and agree passionately with his thesis, but even the most ardent supporter of Mr Dawkins has to worry that he might sound just a teeny bit wooden and geeky to the average reader. Here is a humanities man walking confidently and smilingly towards science from his natural habitat in a literature or history department. He speaks with such heart about human duplicity and the urge for power that you feel he sees inside the heads of the (intelligent) priesthood, using and abusing their gullible flocks, Indeed, Hitch actually seems to be quite tempted, mildly envious of the evangelists who use silky words to get into the knickers of their flocks, which infuses the whole book with a human insight very different from scientists (such as, say, Sam Harris) treating the same subject. Further illustrations of this difference in approach are the delicate snatches of piano music between chapters, and the pithy historical quotations kicking off each new chapter. I know Hitch is really gone, and I know he knew he would truly be no more, and I know he might have despised me for thinking otherwise, but for me he is still a little bit alive in my ipod. Dear man.
Hitchens wit and wisdom beautifully lines up and slaughters every sacred cow of the religulous
This is a well researched and articulated presentation of the atheistic argument, given additional weight by Hitchens 'matter of fact' reading style. It totally demolishes the religous perspective, but goes further by undermining the whole concept of 'faith' as an alternative to the spirit of scientific enquiry.
We're I a person of any religious persuasion, I might feel utterly ashamed of myself after reading/hearing this book, such is the force of its argument.
That said, it is not without humour, Hitchens' derisive portrayal of the obvious absurdity of the religious mind set, rent many a snort of mirth from me.
Should be required reading.
I have not read the print version but as with many books, when it is the author that is the one speaking on the audiobook, you feel somewhat more able to become part of their world and perhaps more sympathetic to their views. (Unless of course in this case you are a stringent believer). Hitchens' writing and speaking style did not for one minute grate on my ears and I was spellbound throughout.
It's Hitchens' honest and matter of fact way of addressing the issues of religion that I find so appealing. I am an agnostic/atheist myself and I don't feel too comfortable with unnecessarily barraging those with religious beliefs with insults or down-the-nose glances just because their beliefs don't fit with mine. But Hitchens puts forward some very important points about how religion can cause awful strife for some, and no matter how "good" some of its other merits can be, it certainly cannot be argued that religion is nothing but good.
It hasn't changed any of my religious views, as everything I read on the subject I take with a pinch of salt. But it has affirmed my feeling that fundamentalists of all religions are far more of a problem for the human race than any militant atheist.
Classic detectives and history are mostly my thing along with a dash of science fact and fiction.
A truly great thinker, this is Christopher Hitchens great polemical, which in my opinion, should be enough to make anti-theists of everyone. I love Hitchens fast delivery and no nonsense style. It is a truly well argued book which points out what all beliefs have in common. I have admitted elsewhere that I am a "skeptic" so in a sense this is preaching to the converted, I am also a Hitch fan. Will certainly listen again.
This book is my favourite. I have read it four times now and it gets better each time. The writing is superb, the agrument uncontestable. The quotations of other great minds are brilliantly chosen. My great regret is that I did not meet Mr Hitchens in the flesh. Read this book.
"God is not great is great"
Hitchens bites at times but his argumentation is precise to the point of cruelty. He is accurate as much as irritating and, unlike other atheist writers, prefers not put the emphasis on the philosophical issues which are, once you run through them once, tedious and boring. Hitches rather puts the emphasis on social, cultural and historical problems which are derived from belief in God and he is devastating in their enumeration and application.
This is informative and entertaining. Christopher is not difficult to listen to as others have suggested, you just need to listen to him in 30 min blocks. He covers the major religions as well as topics such as evolution with ample quotes and examples throughout. Well worth a purchase.
"This book is not great"
Two stars might be a bit harsh but i found this book keeps circling back on its self with no real direction, the only redeeming quality is its witty observations and factual analysis of the subject. Overall i felt that it sapped the interest out of me and made the book more of a chore to finish
"Great to find these ideas"
These ideas have been loose in many essays I have read, is always very good to see them in one context. The information display is complete and great. I will rank this book at number 6 in my list
The God Delusion of Dawkins, a better book in my opinion, but this one has information that in the other one is lacking and is written by a great Journalist.
The voice slurs for my listening coomprehension and makes it difficult at times, but is a chalange to listen diferent accents all toghether is very good.
Yes all the information about the Islam and the bad propaganda we get from the media. We all should give us a chance to be well inform and have a better understanding of the problem.
I have just recently discover Mr. Hitchens and fell very sorry for his death, I'll tray to read everything possible of his books he is one of the most intelligent human beings I have known in my life,
"Mind changer, it will rock your world !"
The sarcasm, The fact that you will think about this book for days !
He is always fascinating to listen to,.
"A brilliant effort on a very difficult subject"
Time very well spent, but Mr. Hitchens had to fall back on old strategies which are not very sound, like attacking people who have been fundamental in the life of the faith with weak arguments and repetitions many time told. He was a sincere, authentic man, who expressed his opinons with bravery and conviction - something to be respected,always. I do hope he has now seen the light he had so many doubts about.
HIs voice, his humour and great style
Indeed it was.
Keep up your great work towards better universal culture!
"While god isn't great, Hitchens certainly is"
I loved this book! How can I explain whats so great about it? Well first off, Hitchens himself reads it. And he has a superb reading voice. He sometimes mumbles a little, but it doesn't put me off in the slightest.
I guess what I like so much about the book itself is how Hitchens seem to have all the facts in place. And not only the obvious facts, but the facts behind the headlines. So many things I didn't know about political this or that. For example, I had no idea how the masacre in Rowanda got started. Lots and lots of brilliant insights and facts to learn here. Coupled with the fact that Hitchens himself has seen plenty of action. He has traveled extensively and met with lots of interesting people on both sides of the argument. And he really, REALLY, demolishes any argument you could ever erect in the name of a god.. any god! If you could memorize half of whats in this book, you'd win any argument on the subject of religion (at least in matters of whether there is a god or not) And the language is really nice as well. All in all I recommend everyone to read this book.
"So good it's almost poetic"
I've read a lot of books on religion (including the excellent God Delusion), but I think this one was the best.
Unfortunately, Hitchins reading sounds bored and comes off arrogant (which I guess he is) but in spite of this the book is completely amazing! He has had so many experiences and been all around the world.
I want to buy this for my religious sister who loves good prose and intelligent debate. Hitchins excels in both so she may be persuaded by his arguments against religion. We'll see.
Highly recommended if you really want to know why "religion poisons everything" and why there almost certainly is no god.
There's not much to be said, it's educational, entertaining and just spot on.
If you just feel even a little doubt about religion, then this audiobook is for you.
Plus I really like the way he reads.
"If only he didn't read it himself"
Yes, but only if the author doesn't read it.The book is good, the arguments, while not new, well founded in quotations and facts. Interesting and sometimes new (to me) details.
Sorry, but the man can't read. Slurry, hard to understand, monotone that makes you sleepy.
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