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The God Delusion Audiobook

The God Delusion

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Despite the potential sensitivity of the topic, Richard Dawkins unashamedly applies his characteristically blunt approach to The God Delusion. His decision to narrate this audiobook himself only serves to make it all the more exhilarating an experience.

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Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007

Richard Dawkins is considered to be one of the world's top intellectuals. As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, he has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between "intelligent design" and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights, such as those of women and gay people - and all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.

Dawkins attacks God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the ultimate improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned.

©Richard Dawkins; (P)Random House

What the Critics Say

"A spirited and exhilarating read...Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments...." (Guardian)
"Everyone should read it. Aethists will love Mr Dawkins's incisive logic and rapier wit...." (The Economist)

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    Barisi Ipswich, England 12/01/2017
    Barisi Ipswich, England 12/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute of it. The arguments were simple and well laid out and the reading was great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    martyn 07/01/2017
    martyn 07/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    Yep,
    Pretty good indeed!
    I like to challenge those religious types around be, but I'm still far from clever enough to do so

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Baker 01/01/2017
    S. Baker 01/01/2017
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    "A Wonderful Read"
    Where does The God Delusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very highly.


    What other book might you compare The God Delusion to, and why?

    God Is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens, purely based on the subject matter.
    This title takes a more evolutionary focus.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to many debates Dawkins has participated in, which are unrehearsed and live.
    This book is obviously going to be better.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the back and forth narration between two narrators. It livened up the dense scientific chapters a lot.
    It is a well put together book with some new arguments I'd never heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark K J Jenkins 29/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Job"

    Very balanced thoughtful review of the evidence, the facts and the imagined. Highly recommended to anyone who is open minded enough. Unfortunately the religious probably won't be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    spencer staddon 21/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opening and fab"

    This book made me realise what a sheltered life I have. It was thought provoking, bit sad and funny at times. Read it and you will see the world with your eyes more open.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WizardsKnob 30/11/2016
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    "Flying Spaghetti Monster here I come"
    Any additional comments?

    I found The God Delusion positively enlightening. I'm an atheist (brought up a Roman Catholic so chose atheism as soon as my mother gave me the option). The case for atheism is given intelligently, humorously, and with no condescension. The facts (for they are facts, not arguments) are very revealing, and hopefully help to remove the blinkers of religious dogma from as many people as possible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    over2raj 23/11/2016
    over2raj 23/11/2016
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    "This will make sense"
    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

    The voice of Richard Dawkins really is relaxing and easy on the ear.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say as theres no real characters to call a favourite.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I have not listened to their other performances but I look forward to doing so.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Theres too many to choose from and I do not want to offend anyone.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 19/07/2016
    Judith 19/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration"

    struggled to get through most of the book so I picked up the audiobook to help me along. Loved that it was narration by Dawkins himself. I enjoyed his witty writing style but felt that some of his rambling were slightly unnecessary, dragged on quite a lot

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louise CoventryUnited Kingdom 11/02/2007
    Louise CoventryUnited Kingdom 11/02/2007
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    "Food for thought"

    The audio content of this recording is excellently presented by Dawkins and his wife, Lalla Ward, who alternate speaking to very good effect. Dawkins is at his most interesting and persuasive when talking about his specialist subject, evolutionary science, and has got a great deal to say about a wide range of other subjects. The book ranges from theology to social sciences to physics to ethics and the listener picks up some fascinating titbits of information and anecdotes along the way.

    Unfortunately, I felt that Dawkins? passion for his cause, combined with his layman?s knowledge on the majority of the themes, leads to several rather irritating and poorly thought-out assertions which diminish the overall message of the book. I was left feeling short-changed after yet another sweeping dismissal of a complicated theological area and desperate to hear the other side of the story.

    Overall, this book will open your mind to a wide range of discussion topics and give you much food for thought. I would, however, consider the abridged version as 15 hours of the author?s rhetoric gets a little wearying.

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    Valerie Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom 02/12/2006
    Valerie Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom 02/12/2006
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    "Do not miss this!"

    This is an excellent book and it works very well with Richard Dawkins reading with his wife Lalla Ward. Dawkins argues against religion and never looses one's interest. He is knowledgable, amusing and devastating.Listen and open your mind if you are religious or listen and bolster your arguments if you are not. Then buy the book and read it and then read Dawkins' other books. He teaches difficult things so even I understand!

    57 of 76 people found this review helpful
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  • NicholasTod
    Benowa, Australia
    10/09/13
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    "A Fantastic Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The God Delusion to be better than the print version?

    The story telling by Mr Dawkins and Miss Ward is really well done, and adds another dimension to a already well written and intelligent book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about the story is that it shatters the shackles of being controlled by other people, (which whatever people say is the point of religion, to control you) and opens your eyes to the fact that there are no spirits, magic or anything supernatural that you need to fear, we do good because we are good people and we want to, not because there is some judgmental thing watching us. The world is clearer and safer in that knowledge.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A but I will.


    Any additional comments?

    Really is a must read for everyone, I want my children and grandchildren to read this, if people actually stop and think about what we are told by these "people of faith" and look at how so much of the world's problems are because of them and there ever crusade to be in control of your lives, the world would be a much happier place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    02/11/06
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    "Excellent"

    Dawkins has been a major contributor to my education on evolution and natural selection. His style and presentation gets complex ideas across with clarity and simplicity. This is an important work that sadly is unlikely to be experienced by many of those who would receive benefit from it. It has all the clarity of Dawkins at his best.

    I particularly liked the "two handed" narration. The alternation of voices is used well to give emphasis and variety and never appears contrived in a way that would have been so easy. More audiobook producers of factual titles should consider using this technique

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Troy
    Narre Warren South, Australia
    02/10/12
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    "Mind expanding"

    Sure, he was preaching (pun intended) to the converted, but Richard Dawkins also gives you a lot to think about in this great book. I was facilitated as I listened to different theories on why religious folk can be such nut bags. Give it a listen, test your faith or confirm your convictions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antony Dayal
    31/07/12
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    "Dawkin's slays the Dragon"
    If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

    Science lights the Dark


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the last chapter on how special life is and why you don't need any super natural being to explain why it is. Trillions of beings could have been here instead of you, yet you are here. With those odds who needs the lottery.


    Any additional comments?

    Dawkin's does not shy away from stating facts that others would shy away from. His arguement, as usual, is well thought out and convincing. He lays out the make believe of religon. To see the world through his world is far more beautiful than one described by the religous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thys Dry
    27/01/16
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    "Mind blowing"

    This is hands down one of the most fantastic books I have read so far. For atheists, agnostics, or questioners of religion. This book will wrench open your eyes and force you to see the truth. I would especially recommend this book to religious people who would like to dig deeper in their faith from a scientific perspective. A MUST read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jaxito73
    24/01/16
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    "Consciousness raised"

    Thoroughly rational, well laid out arguments for the ideas presented. This is not a rally cry for fellow atheists, rather a comprehensive discussion on why there is such a need to be more educated and informed on this critical issue. Lalla's interjections as 2nd narrator is at times jarring but the purpose of punctuating certain points is generally effective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hassan Khan
    Mumbai
    16/09/15
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    "An incredibly intriguing conception of human mind"

    The narrator was excellent. I will be listening to it again precisely to put things in a firmer perspective. Excellent book for those in search of arguments to invalidate their belief in modern day religion. Fanatical theists may want to think twice before reading or listening to this devilish rendition of the music of nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    05/08/15
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    "Everyone Should Read/Listen"

    A must! Incredibly interesting and thought provoking! Can't recommend highly enough! Loved it, will be listening again to take it all in again though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leandro Lamaison
    18/06/15
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    "A compilation of arguments against not thinking"

    Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion makes us wonder about a world without God, Religion or Irrational thinking. With extreme patience, Dawkins makes us question the basis of fundamental ideas while explaining the alternatives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roger Morris
    Queensland, Australia
    07/01/15
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    "Entrancing and entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was entrancing.

    For years, I've been lead to believe that this book was a poorly researched, disorganized, poorly supported neanderthal rant against religion. I would have to disagree. I found Dawkins' book to be a methodically logical, well-researched, well-argued and entertaining critique of religion.

    Astonishingly, I found that as I read this book in 2014, time and time again in 2007 Dawkins had clearly, succinctly and convincingly countered every apologetic argument and claim I parroted from at least 2009 until 2013.

    Perhaps a good reason not to rely on the opinions of others, particularly those with a bias.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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