In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's 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 the heavens are 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.
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I really enjoyed the author narrating his own work.
Very brave to voice his opinion on such a volatile subject with so many fanatics intent on destroying all non believers. Excellent research and delivered in a style accessible to all.
Absolutely essential to all with an open mind. Shame so many are closed.....
He's preaching to the choir with me, but he is relentlessly entertaining and interesting: so much so I've listened to this 3 times.
Well worth a read. The sheer range of vernacular and a statement of true humanity for all believers to take in then they will learn something worthwhile. Richard Dawkins next although there are many more.
Punctures the puffed up self important claims of the worlds religions, with his usual wit and erudition. Christopher Hitchens will be sadly missed.
I love the content, but couldn't help being annoyed by Hitch's quick changes of voice volume. I realise he was a great speaker, but in this format and listened to with earphones, it's irritating and forces me to constantly change volume.
Hitchens takes all of the garbled half arguments you have rolling around your brain and clarifies them in to beautifully formed bullet points with which to dismantle any wide eyed fanatics confused logic. His formidable intellect is impossible to argue with. An excellent book, superbly read.
I found Mr Hitchens diction really hard to understand. Low voice, talking quickly and merging of words meant that I probably didn't catch about a quarter of what was said. Language was not for the less educated as I couldn't understand some words that I did make out! Sorry. Was a real struggle.
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