The God Delusion

  • by Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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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!
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- Valerie

Boring and Preachy

I found the book boring and preachy and I found him quite annoying in the sense that after a while it seemed to me that he was just as narrow minded and fanatical as any religious fanatic - which in a sense he is. It's like he's on some kind of atheist jihad. I found myself asking - Why is he so determined to make us believe what he believes? We know there's a few gaps in scientific theory - maybe he's got some kind of insecurity complex about these that he's compensating for? Anyway, I thought it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, with a bit of scapegoating thrown in as well. He reckons religion causes war? Ever seen a nun with a rifle? we fight for resources like every other animal Richard! Our evolutionary heritage is the cause of war...not religion. So I would say that if you're a fanatic athiest and need a bit of re-assurance of your beliefs - then this will be an interesting book. If you're the more open minded sort of person, I suggest you give this a miss.
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- Mat Banks "matt8867876"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2006
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks