[Download] God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything By Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

By: Christopher Hitchens
Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
Length: 8 hours
Release date: May 1, 2007
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Whether you're a lifelong believer, a devout atheist, or someone who remains uncertain about the role of religion in our lives, this insightful manifesto will engage you with its provocative ideas.

With a close and studied reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.


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70 Responses to “[Download] God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything By Christopher Hitchens”

  1. A.Dartwell

    Horrible Production Quality
    Any additional comments?

  2. Ronda Proffer

    manic marble chewing narration
    I rated the book one star only because of its poor narration. The content itself is great. I guess.
    I just can’t make out more than one in every six words. Some chapters I’ve played over 4 times and still only grasp half the words. Next time I’ll think twice before ordering a book which the author himself narrates.
    I’m going to order up a hard copy of this book so I can really make the most of the content.

  3. Scott

    Sharp and witty
    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

  4. Irina Casburn

    More enjoyable than persuasive
    Atheists suffer the same basic weakness as the religious. They believe themselves to know the truth. This author, thankfully, doesn’t have the all-knowing tone of, for example, Richard Dawkins, and that makes the book a more enjoyable read. Hitchens freely admits that, for a long time, religion was the only option to explain much of the world. Contempt is reserved for those who, when confronted with new knowledge, retreat from it. I’ve no doubt it would still piss off the devout…but the book explains the reasoning behind atheism in a very straightforward, comprehensible way. This is the book I’d give to my mother to explain why I won’t go to church with her anymore.
    Final note: Looking at previous reviews, I’m compelled to mention that I understood the author’s voice perfectly. I believe having him read benefits the presentation, since it adds genuine emotion to the reading. But, I’m using an iPod. Your results and sound quality may vary.

  5. Leta Baumkirchner

    Good Introduction for The Skeptical
    If you’re new to religious skepticism, this is a good beginning read. However, if you are well-read on the subject, the book can feel too familiar at points with the only major freshness being Hitchens’ personal anecdotes.

  6. Loria Smyly

    Over the Top!!
    Excellent! Like he was reading my mind.

  7. Harrison Weisholz

    Not lightweight, late night intellectual snobbery
    I highly recommend this book for persons exploring their faith or the impact of religion on government.

    I purchased this was some trepidation- Hitchens persona on the late night shows is amusingly snarky and bon vivant. But his articles in Vanity Fair are thoughtful and readable, suggesting the persona is merely affect. Having just read Garry Wills’ series What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant, I thought to get the other view. I found Hitchens to be highly informed and actually consistent with Wills. I enjoyed this book, both the thought-provoking content and the delivery (not snarky and no cheap shots, but not without wit either), though I disagree with atheism as the “logical” conclusion. I can’t imagine anyone but Hitchens narrating and despite his gravely rumblings, well worth turning up the volume in the few places he drifts.

    I would love to see Wills and Hitchens in a true conversation. Wills concludes that religion killed Jesus and Paul- and their true meaning. Yet, Wills is a practicing Catholic. Hitchens concludes that religion kills all true spiritual leaders and meaning, thus we should be atheists.

  8. Prince Virula

    Who reads is as important as who writes
    This is a great book by a great writer. But…

    Christopher Hitchens should not have been the reader. At times he reads as if he is bored with the material. The material in this book is never boring; but perhaps for the author it became old and he lost the ability to relay the true impact of his well crafted words. I would love to hear this book read correctly.

  9. Angle Yoshimura

    Good job Hitch!
    First, this is one person’s audiobook review and not a “for or against” religion tirade (which is commonly seen when “atheist” books are reviewed).
    I thought Hitchens narration was good. What is lacking due to his not being a professional narrator is more than made up for by the fact that he is the author and seems to know the material (surprise!). He reads with flair and wit . . . and you get those classic Hitchens deadpan zingers in all the right places.

    As for the substance. This was an entertaining listen with a lot of good ideas. Dawkins’ (The God Delusion) is more scientific and Harris’ (The End of Faith) is more comprehensive. Hitchens brings his ability to throw literary punches and intelligently rip into religion as the “product of close evolutionary cousins of the chimpanzee” This is a great book, whether you have Faith or not.

    My suggestion is Sam Harris first, then Dawkins, then Hitch.

    (Disclosure: I have been an atheist since I could think for myself and these new series of books on the subject are a godsend. How many times can you read Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw?)

  10. David

    Fantastic book!
    Maybe the fabric of religion that has shaped society is not made of silk and angle tears but rather the human skins of thousands who perished or have been tread upon in the name of false goodness!

  11. P. M. Morris

    Excellent book – a great listen
    I have to take issue with the many reviews condemning Hitchens for narrating his own book. Hitchens’ style is so unique that any other reader would be quite inappropriate. I guess this is mostly a case of U.S. readers having difficulty with anything not familiar to their ears – pity. As a non-US listener I have no problem with most books performed with U.S. accents, but it is nice to have a little variety occasionally! Hitchens is, well, Hitchens and to have him read the book was the icing on the cake, at least for me. The book’s message? Wonderfully over the top and worth every minute.

  12. Dominic Fehr

    If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out the Hitchens
    If there was a God, I would want Him to bless Christopher Hitchens.

    His careful, articulate, well researched and reasoned arguments are superb.

    Finally, someone has said the Emperor is wearing only his birthday suit.

    The only complaint is that Hitchens tends to drop the ends of his sentences to a low frequency – and I found it rather difficult to hear his last bits.

    Overall, I am thrilled that he douses the Fire & Brimstone Crowd with both Common Sense and Thorough Scholarship.

  13. Olympia S.

    Preaching To The Choir
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  14. Remona Daughters

    Stunning Clarity and a Challenge to the Dishonest
    Some reviewers have chosen to critique Mr Hitchins style in reading his own book. I found it absolutely delightful and refreshing. Further, his own voice adds to the clarity of his open challenges to those chosing to believe in the irrational. This will take several “listens” to absorb all the nuances of his ideas and I hope to begin afresh my search for enlightenment. While the book may be a repeat of prior arguments it is an excellent starting point for those who would like some help crystalizing their own exploration of truth and morality. I found it inspirational and offers additional help to those wanting to take on the horrors of religion and go beyond the quiet Atheist to become the noisy Anti-Theist. The world needs more of this kind of excellent work.

  15. Adan Holje

    Wow
    While I have often enjoyed this author’s contributions in the magazine Vanity Fair, I didn’t realize his talent with the English language until I listened to this book. Hitchens does a number on all religions and makes a very credible arguement to explain why man needed religion to explain natural phenomenon in the world during a time when science was in its infancy. I laughed out loud at some of his wry comments and am just disappointed that there are not more of his writings available.

  16. Ben Riccitelli

    Fascinating
    I thought this was a fascinating and well researched book. My only quibble is that the author spoke too fast or didn’t enunciate clearly enough for me, so I had difficulty understanding him at times.

  17. Rodney Alvelo

    Good book, badly read
    The book makes an interesting reading and is quite an eye opener. But unfortunately I could not enjoy listening to this because of poor quality of reading. Mr.Hichens should not have read this one himself. He tends to swallow the last part of most of the sentences. I have had to constantly lower / raise the volume of my instrument, even with in a sentence. This has really taken the pleasure of listening to an unnecessary low. I am sorry to say that this the worst listening experience I have had in service so far.

    Ram Paleti

  18. Bradly Hazelbaker

    a GREAT listen !!!
    I have listened to many service books. This is one of the best reads I have heard. Now, some people don’t like read by the author, but I really want to hear the meaning behind the words. If is a great listen and it you have an interest in the myth of religion it is a great was to get the information. It is great to hear this information again (ie. Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins) juet in case you have a talk with a rational person.

  19. Janina Summerton

    A classic that everyone should read once.
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Not Great to be better than the print version?

  20. Al Gellinger

    Brilliant, Funny, Thoughtful
    What did you love best about God Is Not Great?

  21. Jamie E.

    Thought provoking but hard to hear at times
    As other reviewers have already stated, Hitchens’ narration is at times a bit mumbled. His is not a terrible performance, but Hitchens is no orator. I don’t know about other service users but I suspect that I am not the only one who enjoys audiobooks in the car. Hitchens’ tendency to let his voice trail off at the end of a sentence and otherwise mumble a bit makes it difficult at times to hear everything he says over the road noise. What I ended up doing was cranking up the volume to hear the quieter bits, at the expense of occasionally getting blown away when Hitchens decided to project his voice more powerfully.

    That said, I recommend the book heartily! It’s definitely worth the effort. I don’t agree with everything Hitchens asserts but his book is very intelligent and thought-provoking on the whole. A credit well spent, in my opinion.

  22. Shiloh Interiano

    Devastating to religions oldest bastion, morality comes from God
    Blow after devastating blow against the common religious idea that God is great and that belief in him leads people to greater moral lives. Using his keen wit, fantastic command of the English language and thorough research of history Hitchens is a joy to listen too, especially since we are no longer graced by the benefit of further oratory from him.

  23. Calista M.

    Excellent experience!
    I do understand why some people complain about how hard he is to understand. He does speak quickly at times and that accent doesn’t help me. However I very much prefer his authenitc and nuanced reading over a stand-in. I don’t mind replaying a passage every once in a while. The material itself is quite dense at times and can get a little overwhelming. Much of it invites further reading. Taking notes (if you aren’t driving at the time like I always do) is advised.

  24. Ashley Mclouth

    Hitchens at his finest
    if you have any love for Chris Hitchens this book is a treasure trove of insightful and thoughtful arguments against organized religious institutions throughout history.

    Hitchens is a very, very eloquent and smart man. 10/10

  25. Mark

    A brilliant piece of work
    I’ll get my one complaint out of the way first: Christopher Hitchens should have had assistance with his narration style. I say this because the speed and somewhat monotonic way in which he reads makes this challenging book unnecessarily more so. I would not go so far as to say that he should not have been the narrator of this work, since I always prefer that a writer read his work if he or she can pull it off, since you know the emphasis you are hearing is the author’s and not a fee-per-page professional actor. And really, after one’s brain becomes accustomed to Hitchens’ cadence, it’s not really so bad. In fact, I think he may have improved hour by hour as he went though this eight hour masterwork.
    Having said what I had to say about his narration (and really, what I want to say is, please put the effort in in spite of your feelings about the reading style), what’s really important is the content of this important book. Hitchens had a sharp, deep, and powerful intellect, honed by years as a scholar of literature and a far-travelled journalist. His knowledge of culture, history, and religion is quite breathtaking as he weaves together a picture of religion as cultural poison through the ages. Like a top courtroom attorney, he produces a broad scope of evidence damning to the defendent, calling expert- and eye-witnesses from throughout history.
    Not an easy listen, To someone who might quickly find themselves out of their depth here (no shame in it, as Hitchens holds the bar fairly high), I would recommend Richard Dawkins stimulating book “The God Delusion” and Sam Harris’ pull-no-punches indictment “The End of Faith.”
    Hitchens contribution to this conversation is right on time and I hope it brings new minds to this growing backlash against the rising tide of religious fundamentalism in this and other countries. Bravo to Christoper Hitchens, and may this work help in the very real mortal struggle for and against Civilization that is going on around us.

  26. Libby Drummer

    A new Enlightenment
    Hitchens excels at raking religion and faith over the coals, explaining why faith is not only irrational but irresponsible and immature. However, he does not attempt to explain in depth what it is that should replace a person’s faith as a source for morality and “spirituality”. Fortunately, for that, one need only read Ayn Rand’s books. All the necessary answers are to be found there. In fact, you can skip the Hitchens and go straight to the Rand if you want to save time. She dispels faith better than even Hitchens can imagine.

  27. Roland Pulera

    Lifechanging- can’t say anymore but I am free now
    If you could sum up God Is Not Great in three words, what would they be?

  28. Alexis H.

    wrong narrator
    This is an excellent, well written, timely and essential book. Christopher Hitchens makes fascinating and cogent arguments, but he is the wrong person to narrate. His voice, while pleasant, is very uneven and drops off radically in the middle or end of sentences. It is very frustrating to listen to.

  29. Elisa Keath

    This book is not great
    I was excited to listen to this book but was quickly disappointed with my purchase. The author mumbled a lot and was nearly impossible to understand. I was not able to finish this book because I couldn’t follow what the author was saying. This book may be a good read but was certainly NOT a good listen. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  30. Alice Stoakley

    Mind blowing
    If one needed convincing to become an atheist, this is the book. The facts are shocking and astonishing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed most of this book. I found the last couple of chapters a bit too much but overall, a fascinating read or listen. There is a lot to take in so I also purchased a hard copy of the book and read it after listening to it.

    Already a confirmed atheist, I now feel better armed to have spirited debates with any believer.

    One downside is that Mr. Hitchens tends to drop the ends of some sentences so if trying to listen with any other noise or distractions, some of the narrative gets lost.

  31. Bula Dewey

    Better researched than narrated
    I wish Authors would resist the temptation to narrate their own books. They rarely do them justice. If you can put up with the mumbled, slurred narration, it is an interesting, if rambling treatment of the corrosive effects of Religion. It is easy enough to let him ramble on in the background and miss the occasional point, without losing the gist of his arguments. Like Dawkins and Harris, a reader would need hard blinders not to be persuaded by his discussion. I found myself wanting to revert to hard copy to digest the material more completely. If Hitchens narrates his next book, I’ll probably go that route.

  32. Prince Vorholt

    Eye-opening
    I enjoyed this book and was sad that it was over after so many hours of accompanying me on my walks and cross-country skiing. I had heard some of the arguments before, but to hear them all together and with science and stories to back them, it becomes very engaging. His voice is very easy to listen to and very soothing. He speaks too quickly the odd time, in areas that I am sure he thinks are not as important. Watched him on Charlie Rose just last night and found him to be very honest and forthright. He is known for taking the opposing position on a lot of common topics, but when he explains, you see that he is not doing it for publicity (or purely for), but provides very compelling and evocative counter views. He has cancer of the esophagus and I wish him well. His cancer has changed the way he looks at things, so I look forward to his next book. Everyone, religious or otherwise, should listen to his discussion in this book.

  33. Edison V.

    Thought provoking
    “God Is Not Great” is a fearless and timely publication in this age of pseudo-scientific ‘reasoning’ and argument, which sets out to confront the generally unquestioned tenets of society’s common religions.

    Unlike several other reviewers, I found the author’s reading of his own book compelling listening. Perhaps his ironic British style of humour and his delivery is a bit lost on some of his non-British audience.

    His uncompromising views will challenge and, no doubt, offend many. But this text should be read by everyone.

  34. Luigi Duhan

    Hitchens Unleashed
    Christopher Hitchens provocative and highly effective polemic against organized and not so organized religion suffers only from the author’s own narration. Too bad. Despite his Richard Burton like voice and accent, Hitchens often brilliant observations and corruscating style are severely damaged by a breakneck tempo and detached delivery. But the extra effort required when listening is still well worth the effort.

  35. Wiley Oharroll

    good content but author is no reader
    I liked the content of this book but having the author also read the book was a bad choice. His erudite, inflectionless delivery makes this a difficult book to stick with.

    I won’t be buying any future books READ by Christopher Hitchens

  36. Angel V.

    Must read
    Where does God Is Not Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  37. Colton Evarts

    Brilliant
    I love this book. It’s brilliant, to the point, honest and it’s about time somebody pointed out the obvious paradoxes and crimes that derive from religion. Please file the bible under ‘fiction’.

  38. Patrice Coffel

    He read my mind!
    Narrator’s voice is a bit strange,but I got some chuckles out of this book along with plenty of points that made me go to myself,”Hey he’s right…that’s a good point.” I just can’t do the religion thing with any amount of sincerity.I already have an active imagination as it is and don’t need to follow any type of organizations to use it.Unfortunately,I can’t recommend it to anyone I know so far, bec they all “believe”.However whenever I speak with more people on my level with this topic, I’m sure I will find that they have read this book themselves.

  39. Sudie Kiley

    Excellent and thought provoking
    Its a good book which raises a lot of good questions, especially for the theists. Only thing which could have been better is the narration as the reader/author sometimes gets into a muffled mode which makes it difficult to understand what he is saying. Overall, it was a good book which I enjoyed.

  40. Carol Graveline

    get the print version
    the author fast reads through this like its a chore and he wants to get it out of the way as quickly as possible. I was so turned off by his delivery that i found it impossible to finish the book. Too bad, because it had some interesting points. My tip to author, next time either take the time to make the reading worthwhile or let somebody else make some money doing a better job.

  41. Mickey Moede

    Depressing
    Well written and well narrated. I grew weary of listening to count after count of how amazingly evil people have been to each other in the name of their religion. Although I’m an atheist, this book needed some balance.

  42. Courtney Rueluas

    Committed
    As a committed, but not hectoring (I hope) atheist, it was good to re-visit this text. I treat it a bit like a text (I don’t say holy book). It makes the arguments, it debunks the alternatives and it is scathingly egalitarian in its approach to all religions, organised and disorganised alike. I think it is very well researched and, of course, I find it persuasive. It does occasionally stray into the verbose (I have heard Salman Rushdie describe the title as a word too long) and Hitchens can be arrogantly dismissive of other views. That said, those matters detract from the reader and the ease with which it can be listened to, and not (for me) the central message. I wish Hitchens had not read it himself. Plainly he is not a professional reader or professional showman. He was a man of ideas. It would have been better if he left it to someone else to bring his ideas to life on audio.

  43. Anne in State College

    Best reader of his own work
    If you’ve heard Hitchins talk on television and radio then you know that his manner of speaking, cadence and rhythm, along with that intellect and wit, are what make him worth listening to. So thank goodness he was retained to read his own book. So much of his argument that religion is poison is illuminated with his personal experiences — and they would sound hollow if some professional had been hired to read them. I would discount the remarks of other reviewers about his narration style.

  44. phil b

    Do not narrate your own work!!!
    Christopher Hitchens is one of our very few public intellectuals. His ruminations, especially on this important topic, must be read closely. His sentences are dense with ideas, allusions to antiquity, and logical construction.

    What a shame then, that Hitchens has chosen to read this work. With his accent and adenoidal monotone, he races through the narration. The ends of many sentences get swallowed. Much of this fine book is virtually unintelligible.

    Read by Scott Brick or Richard Matthews, this book would be teriffic. As it is, if you want to give this book the attention it deserves, click on over to service.

  45. Matthew Whitebird

    Good overview of critical thinking
    I enjoyed the book and thought that Hitchens made many good points about how religion and wishful thinking go together. To often people can be critical of other religions but they won’t or just don’t apply the same critizisms to their own religious believes. The biggest problem with the book though was that Hitchens read it. I found myself straining to hear him at times and he tends to slur his words at times. A professional reader would have made it much better.

  46. Preston Perriott

    Set the record straight
    Christopher Hitchens not only wrote an insightful look into organized religion, he also did it in a style remenisant of Douglas Adams. Maybe it’s his English accent or a sense of humor born in the English school and state religious system.

    Regardless, I disagree with the negative comments in previous reviews. Hitchens’ main point is that “religion poisons everything”. He makes great points and backs them up with unassailable arguments. A few of the reviewers complain about the audio quality, maybe they need new earphones or need to download the program again. The audio on my copy is excellent and his reading of the book is done with clarity,style and humor.

    I’m not an atheist; I’m just not convinced that any religion has the complete story. Mr Hitchens points brought my religious inclinations into clear focus and his experiences with events and news-makers validate his points.

    This is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve purchased from service. The only problem is that now I feel compelled to buy a hard copy so that I can use it for notes and reference especially if I find myself compelled to believe in one of the “revealed religions”. He words can bring me back to reality.

  47. Nancee S.

    First Rate
    The book is first rate, it is very well written and enjoyable. However as an audio book, I have to give it four starts instead of five. Christopher Hitchens is a great author, but not a good narrator. He was at times speaking so rushed, I found myself rewinding stretches of the book and straining to hear what he said. Or by context trying to understand what he meant.

    This was my first Hitchens book, and have since explored other titles (in print) by this prolific journalist. I thank the author for writing a truthful book.

  48. Shiloh Savitsky

    It was like Chris Hitchens was in the car with me
    Great as a gift to I’ve been giving it to people. A profoundly entertaining wordsmith

  49. steve

    A Great Book
    Hitchens is a great writer and his take on religion and God is spot on. I especially loved the first few hours of this book but overall, the book definitely made several interesting points that no one ever thinks about.

  50. Grady Dunkentell

    Thorough Anti-Catholicism, Anti-Islam,etc Treatise
    Regardless which Iron Age myth you use to allay your fear of death, this well-researched work will illuminate the weaknesses of the other systems. Hitchens, may he rest in peace, was very even handed, direct, and couragous in his writing: so, IF YOUR FAITH IS WEAK OR YOU LACK COURAGE read something else. By the way, the eviscerations of the Mormons and the Kims of North Korean alone are worth the price of admission.

  51. Jarrett Farwell

    Brilliant logic and atheist umanism
    Would you listen to God Is Not Great again? Why?

  52. Sunday Fujii

    Barely service
    Well, I thought the purchase of this book would be a no-brainer but I was wrong. I had heard Christopher Hitchens on various interview shows and found him quite entertaining but hearing him read his own book was a disaster. I shouldn’t say “hearing him read” because that’s not the experience. “Trying to hear him” would be more like it. A common problem with non-professional narrators. He reads too fast, swallows the end of sentences (and phrases) and the level is all over the map. The audio engineer must have gone nuts. I was very disappointed. Please don’t make the same mistake.

  53. Vania Acero

    Should be mandatory reading in churces
    Hitchens nails all the key points in his argument as to why religion should be irrelevant in a modern society. Unfortunately religious people are very unlikely to be persuaded by logic.

  54. Leland M.

    Very good
    Another good book by one of the Hitchens brothers. This one stands up with as one of the three best rational responses to religion that have been written in the last 5 years.

  55. Florencio E.

    Great material; adequate narrator
    Hitchens is brilliant, and funny as well. I truly enjoyed his little jabs that are sometimes so subtle that one wonders whether he intended any injury, however slight. His references to solipsism are “spot on”, as is much of what he says. He’s a splendid example of a British wit, yet a man who is concerned, in his deceptively casual manner, with the rise of religious extremism in America and the world.

    Though I continue to find points of light in religion, I insist that what Hitchens and his fellow post-911 atheists (esp. Harris) have to say.

    My only objection is to his narration. I appreciate the privelege to hear the author narrate, and his voice does not annoy, but his casual intonation and lack of clarity make him hard to understand at times. I just heard Hitchens interviewed today, and curiously, I think his delivery was clearer. Perhaps the chore of narration bored him a bit. Of course it’s the duty of an Englishman to sound bored, so who knows?

    In any case, I enjoyed the audiobook immensely, but I may have enjoyed the printed book a bit more.

  56. Leon

    poor elocution
    God help me from authors who think they can read their book clearly. The poor elocution detracts from an otherwise interesting book.

  57. Maxima Bollozos

    Great book
    I would recommend this book to anyone that is a Christian or a believer who is just trying to view the other side of the spectrum.

  58. Mark I.

    Loved It
    Although I am certainly not an athiest, I found this book thought provoking.

  59. Aretha Boerner

    An enlightened, sharp-tongued critique of religion
    Christopher Hitchens provides an extraordinary tour through the many flaws and historical crimes of religions, both self-professed and organised. He shreds ancient beliefs to pieces and exposes the dreadful truth that the world would be far better off without religious superstitions and rituals.

  60. Ricky Dicecco

    Terrible voice
    The book’s contents may be OK. But the author, Christopher Hitchens, has a terrible TERRIBLE voice that makes you sleepy. I phased out numerous times while listening to this book. It was a mistake to have the author himself reading it.

  61. Cleotilde Siurek

    Brilliant & Thought-Provoking
    This book helped me finally come to grips with thoughts that have been creeping up on me for a long time. Religion damages us. It is responsible for many of the most heinous crimes against humanity and given excuses for arrogance, disdain and complete disregard for the sanctity of life and the value of independent thought. A *great* listen!

  62. Best

    Beautiful
    Hitchens states clearly what needs to be said, and dutifully connects causes and effects in a clear coherent manner. The information presented is factual, and the speculations are rational. I highly recommend this work to anyone with questions regarding faith or those infected by it.

  63. Pamela

    Christopher, let someone else read your books…
    Could have been an great listen but Hitchens talks much too fast and with too little expression–almost like he’s reading to himself. I think it may have been more effective to read the physical book in this case. With another reader I think Hitchen’s very intellectual argument would have been more–not necessarily persuasive–but interesting.
    Speaking of argument, I think books like his and Dawkins’ aren’t likely to sway many readers away from their beliefs compared to Sam Harris’ The End of Faith which makes a more compelling case for the dangers of religious dogma, but I find them all fascinating.

  64. Charissa D.

    A great listen…
    I thoroughly enjoyed Hitchens’ narration. I found myself laughing out loud several times – which startled my fellow commuters on the bus, no doubt.

    In some ways, the delivery reminded me of Spalding Gray’s monologues (if Spalding Gray had been a tired, chain-smoking, British journalist writing for, of all things, Vanity Fair in New York). I’d love to see Hitchens deliver this as a lecture. Perhaps in a smoky jazz bar…

    The whole book is a delightful counterpoint to the absolute self-righteous earnestness of religious dialogue in America these days (not to mention the rest of the world). It’s refreshing.

    Buy this book and listen thrice!

  65. Dr.

    God May Not Be Great – But Hitchens Is
    If you are an atheist – or wonder if you are – this is an important and thoughtful book to let you know you are not alone and not alone in wondering why no one points out all of the ways that religion gets it so wrong. It is also important to note that Hitchens does not mock religion or the idea of god – in the way that Richard Dawkins does (e.g., in The God Delusion). He also isn’t trying to gently speak to believers to help them see how harmful a strident religion can be the way Sam Harris does (e.g., in Letters to a Christian Nation). Instead, Hitchens thoughtfully and scholarly dissects and discards each of the main arguments for god and shows how they are used to attack non-believers and control society. His arguments are VERY compelling and well thought out – if you are open to the notion that god is a very interesting idea but not self-evident – and not the domain of any religious group and should not to be used to control society.

    To the extent that there is a downside – it is Hitchens himself. Yet again, Hitchens remind us why writers should never narrate their own books. Although a few writers can pull it off – Hitchens is not one of them. For much of the book I was straining to hear and to understand him. He seems to mumble and he trails off at the end of sentences. Although frustrating, it did not distract enough to undermine the significance of this book.

  66. Blake D Watson

    Freethinker817
    I would only listen to this book with headphones in a quiet room. Cristopher Hitchens is the reader and was nearly impossible to understand using car speakers.

  67. Julio B.

    Truth about religion
    Hitchens exposes religion for what it actually is: man made writings that have brainwashed billions of people.

  68. Burma F.

    fantastic book
    Well structured and articulate narrative. Really thought provoking and enjoyable book that delivers a measured and well researched viewpoint that doesn’t revoke to a polarised discussion of opinion.

    Highly recommend for religious and non-religious readers alike.

  69. Timothy L.

    Worth putting up with the author’s narration
    A fantastic listen–Dissolved my few positive thoughts towards the possibility that religion is overall a benefit. Another reviewer complained that the author shouldn’t have narrated his own book. I agree, but the thoughts are so well expressed and so convincing that I give it 5 stars anyway. If I had my way I’d make this required reading in every college introductory course in comparative religion and sociology and political science. I’m usually not turned on by polemics, prefering to hear both sides of arguments, but there’s been so much written on the other side of this argument, I didn’t feel the loss. Give it to high school and college kids. The adults have already made up their minds.

  70. Andre Wallace Simonsen

    Essential “Reading”
    Since I’m a relatively young man and have just recently discovered Hitchens and his work, an unfortunate couple of years since his passing, it is really fortunate to have his audiobook read by him.

    Although it is certainly not the same as seeing the man alive delivering his lines in seminars and such I was really pleased with the clarity of the arguments and admirable erudition, like an excellent teacher, wich he clearly was, he advances through organized religions motives and common practices allowing the listener to understand their similarities and arm himself against false claims of moral superiority from believers.

    The biggest quality of this book is to show how man-made is organized religion, with all it’s faults and wrongdoings, and to remind us that we and most importantly, people with authority, are only mammals.

    (With the “small” difference that we can be rational. Let us not forget this fact and let us never surrender our reason for any motive, for those who may want others to do it won’t surrender theirs and will exploit this for their benefit)

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