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Summary

Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

The Good Book consciously takes its design and presentation from the Bible, in the beauty of its language and its arrangement into short chapters and verses, offering to the nonreligious seeker all the wisdom, insight, solace, inspiration, and perspective of various secular humanist traditions. Organized in 12 main sections, The Good Book opens with meditations on the origin and progress of the world and human life in it, then devotes attention to the question of how life should be lived, how we relate to one another, and how vicissitudes are to be faced and joys appreciated. Inspired by the work of Herodotus and Lucretius, Confucius and Mencius, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, and so many others, The Good Book will fulfill its audacious purpose in every way.

©2011 A. C. Grayling (P)2011 Tantor

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Promised much... but did not deliver

I really really wanted this book to be all that it promised to be... but it is not!!!

In my opinion this book is a lot of Oxford 'ivory tower' clap trap and it is overwhelmingly self indulgent.

Words cannot describe how tortuous this book is to listen to... it is a waste of the good money I paid for 'The Good Book'.

Avoid... avoid... avoid!!!

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  • paul
  • caldicot, United Kingdom
  • 23-07-11

Everybody, look how clever I am

I could physically only stomach about 20 minutes of this tripe. Flowery and pretentious nonsense. Check out a sample before buying to avoid wasting a download like I did.

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tries to sound like the bible but it is not.

Did not finish, just to boring! language used makes it sound like the bible but it's not and trying to sound like it just makes it silly.

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  • Arthur Pendragon
  • 05-03-16

Refreshing & Brilliant

Where does The Good Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is among my favourite books. I'm not sure what several of the other reviewers are looking for, but if you interested in timeless wisdom from a plethora of great minds throughout history that is non-religious and in a style similar to religious writings, then I suggest trying this book. I think this book is a great alternative to the Bible, if you are seeking a different source of guidance in life.

Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great narrator - enthusiastic, articulate, and easy to listen to.