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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Four Horsemen by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. With a foreword by Stephen Fry. 

Known as the ‘four horsemen’ of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the 21st century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights - about religion and atheism, science and sense - speaks with urgency to our present age.

Questions they asked of each other included: Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?

The dialogue was recorded and is presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen. 

With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential listening for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

©2019 Richard Dawkins (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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I miss Hitch

The original YouTube video contributed to much to my own intellectual development. I mostly bought the audible book to support the cause but the foreword and 3 essays at the start were an added joy.

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Four Horsemen - Enthralling listen.

To get these four people together to discuss different areas of interest, all relating their personal views with each other is forever a one off.
To appreciate the acquired knowledge and experience that develops their thoughts is awe inspiring.
It generates as many questions as it answers and is truly a great occasion we can listen to.

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A Precious Document

A thought provoking symposium by four great minds. Balanced and self critical. Makes you proud to belong to our species, again.

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Clear Thinking. Observable Lucid Truth.

Not all atheists lead such exemplary, impactful thoughtful lives. Those of faith wanting to make the world a safer place must get over the endowment effect of their assorted debunked dogmas, and behave well simply because they can, minus the various twisted, tyrannical, mystical bullies.

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what a meeting of minds. such clear thinking.

a rare meeting of four genius men about a rather taboo subject. food for thought

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Voices of sanity

The centrepiece of the book is the chat between the famous 4 on their perspectives on a range of faith and religion-related topics. There are no really original ideas here for readers familiar with their writings and discussions, but it is interesting to hear about their experiences and people's reactions to their ideas. For readers new to their thinking, the book constitutes a short and useful introduction to the what and why of the atheist position.
A useful take-away, from Dennett if I remember correctly, is that for those of us convinced of the soundness of the atheist perspective, it is important to quietly make clear to friends and acquaintances that this is where we stand. Not on a soapbox, but with two feet on the ground, the mind open and the imagination soaring. Despite the sparkling clarity of the sanity and reasonableness of the atheist stance, many people have simply not heard these ideas presented in a calm way. So we are encouraged to proselytize or maybe should we say Fight the Good Fight ?

A value-added dimension is provided by Stephen Fry's witty and admiring introduction.

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religion....asissd!!

The book should be read In all religious studies. it's a dramatic eye opener for all seeking or living with religion.

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like visiting erudite friends

an enjoyable impromptu talk between stalwarts of the humanist movement. recording of the actual conversation is not great but decent enough.

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A must listen for all followers.

The original conversation in all its glory, new pieces from Dawkins and Dennett are insightful and bring the conversation further forward in continum.
A fitting forward by the great Stephen Fry to the inspiring Four Horsemen and a sweet moment to his late friend Hitch.

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Life-changing

A fantastic display of intellect and ingenuity by four forward - thinking geniuses. Atheists unite!

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These Gentleman are very big thinkers

Sometimes Christopher Hitchens' voice is dim, and white noise interrupts Dennett, but otherwise this is a philosophical masterclass.