The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

  • by Ariane Sherine (editor), Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon
  • Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Simon Le Bon
  • 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Atheist's Guide to Christmas is a fantastic listen that was edited by Ariane Sherine, who started the Atheist Bus Campaign in response to an evangelical Christian bus advertisement that gave the URL of a website "telling non-Christians they would spend 'all eternity in torment in hell'."
With the backing of Richard Dawkins, officially supporting the UK's first atheist advertising initiative, Sherine managed to compile a wonderful concoction of the world's most entertaining writers, scientists, comedians, and philosophers to read, perform, and narrate pieces that they had all written for the print book, which was published on October 1, 2009. This audio version is magnificent! It's funny, uplifting, and is read by all of the book's contributors, including Derren Brown, Richard Dawkins, Mitch Benn, Ben Goldacre, Simon Le Bon, Charlie Brooker, and David Baddiel.

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Hit and miss

First things first: I am an atheist, so what I thought of the book is not because I am a religious zealot of sorts.
Anyway. Some parts are pretty pointless but reliably funny, like Brooker's. Most are witty yet provocative; others are trying way too hard, like Dawkins with his Wodehouse-esque pathhos. A couple of folks take themselves so seriously it makes you suspect they're not for real: my favorite was that Green whipping herself into such a tree-hugging frenzy about an organic Xmas (seriously), I thought she might end up having an or... organic something or other.
So, it is a hit and miss thing. Well worth the money, I suppose, and it's for a good cause, but don't torture yourself when you hit the chapter with an old woman telling you to invite for Xmas those you can't stand (she hasn't met my aunt Sally, obviously) and to finish all alcohol in the house before going to bed so that your kids don't do it for you (she must've grown up in an interesting household), or a Bulgarian-born Kiwi enthusiastically missing the point of writing for an atheist book.
Just skip them and go to the good ones, there are a few of those.
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- Paul

Jolly good

Very enjoyable collection of short contributions written and read by various non-Christian folk. Got through the entire book Christmas eve whilst wrapping gifts and preparing the turkey. The book offers a warm atmosphere and is a perfect substitute to the traditional carols at the local church. The stories are humorous and sometimes informative, which leaves the listener with plenty of Christmas facts to share around the dinner table. The only downside would be the quality of some recordings but all in all, a worthy four star listen.
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- Monkfishkev

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-03-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited