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Outgrowing God

A Beginner’s Guide
Written by: Richard Dawkins
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Random House presents the audio edition of Outgrowing God by Richard Dawkins.

Should we believe in God? In this new book, for a new generation, the brilliant science writer and author of The God Delusion explains why we shouldn’t.

Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe? Do we need God in order to be good? In 12 chapters that address some of the most profound questions human beings confront, Dawkins marshals science, philosophy and comparative religion to interrogate the hypocrisies of all the religious systems and explain to listeners of all ages how life emerged without a Creator, how evolution works and how our world came into being.

For anyone hoping to grapple with the meaning of life and what to believe, Outgrowing God is a challenging, thrilling and revelatory listen.

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Too much sarcasm

Overall a good book. However I felt that if the overdose of sarcasm at every corner could've been left out, strictly ticking to facts, observations and opinions, it would've been a better book.

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Richard Dawkins can rationalize any thing

I love books by him. He put each word in a rational framework. Although I have outgrown GOD a long time ago. However, listening to this book provides special joy.

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Outstanding book worth a listen

This book gives a valid and fantastic explanation of religion and how it probably has become what it is today.

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mind-blowing

It is a wonderful book for everyone who try to understand things logically. Richard Dawkins narrated with innumerable examples to emphasize that it is not God who created us, it is not religion who shaped us, it is natural selection as described by Darwin is the true force of shaping us. He narrated the story with great compassion and it is paradigm shifting. great book.

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  • Matt
  • 14-11-19

Really enjoyed this. Very well paced.

Really enjoyed this. Very well paced read by Richard Dawkins. Tied in nicely with the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

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  • Jacob
  • 26-09-19

Educative fasinating as always, thanks Richard

A well naritated and with simple samples gives the mains a point start to explore the "new world" Wich was always there..

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  • barryh
  • London, England
  • 14-11-19

A rehash of the God Delusion

If you have read The God Delusion then you will find that is more of the same. It should be read as an accompaniment to TGD. It’s well delivered but nothing new. I was hoping for Dawkins to discuss the demise of Christian values and how society is responding to atheism.

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  • Fantasy Demon
  • York, England
  • 12-10-19

One of the Great Explainers of Science

At 78 Dawkins has lost none of his brilliance. Pithy, eloquent and enormously enjoyable for a layperson such as myself this book can be seen as the 'little brother' to his groundbreaking 2006 work 'The God Delusion'. More in the style of 'The Magic of Reality' this book can be listened to (and understood!) by adults and children alike and may prove especially enlightening for the latter. I must also mention how important it is for an author to read their own work and thus imbue it with their own nuance of meaning - something Dawkins has always been prepared to do. I just wish he could be persuaded (for the sake of completists like me!) to narrate the books missing from the audible catalogue such as Unweaving the Rainbow and Climbing Mount Improbable. All we have left from the equally great Carl Sagan are a few chapters from Pale Blue Dot and Dawkins' great friend Douglas Adams gave us The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul but imagine how fantastic it would been if they had narrated their entire bibliography? Please take note, Richard!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-19

What a mind and what a book!!

Richard Dawkins is a living legend of sparkling pros and eloquently worded science. This book touches on many of the subjects that he has previously discussed in his earlier books.An excellent example of how evolution and the natural world can give beautiful examples of simple rules giving way to breathe taking complexity. For me this is a perfect read, not in his usual style of dialectical prestidigitation. But worded well so everyone can enjoy the subjects and be amazed by what science has discovered.

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  • mcfc
  • 25-11-19

5 stars.... but....

I haven’t read a book by Richard Dawkins which I didn’t find fascinating, well written and engaging. This is no different but, if you have read the God delusion you will find this book too unilaterally in content to justify buying this book too, if you haven’t read the God delusion you’re in for a treat!

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  • Yassin Musa
  • 24-11-19

great as I expected to be!

this book is a simplified version of the ' The God Delusion' worth the reading.

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  • John McNamara
  • 15-11-19

Great Book

Loved this book. It is thought provoking and interesting. I find all of Richard's books interesting and easy to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

Loved it! Nobody does this better!

Even better than The God Delusion because it is current and easier to follow.

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  • richard
  • 08-10-19

a short guide to god

this maybe a better title, I really liked the book, and have enjoyed the past books.

A little concerned this simplifies and rehashes old work, but I guess if there wasnt a god, there still isnt a god, so not much in new material can be introduced.

The quality of the recording seemed to be lacking, either richard dawkins had a sore throat or a lack of quality.

It did seem to improve when he got into the middle section of the book.

Overall, a great book for newcomers and the next generation to get into.

4 stars due to quality of recording and duplicated work in other books.

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  • Chris H.
  • 07-10-19

Excellent

Im a huge fan of Dawkins. I’ve read all of his books. This is a great introduction to his writing. It introduces the awe-inspiring science side of his writing as well as his thoughts on religion. This would be a great book to introduce an overview of his writing to someone new to his work. The only fault I would have is the choice of title. I think it may put off the very readers that need to read it. Other than that, it is a great book. Highly recommended.

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  • Carine
  • West Sussex, UK
  • 05-10-19

What used to be a complicated topic

Another clear explanation and set of tools for any person that would like to put his own thinking cap on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-19

Wonderful

Another addition to Dawkin's wonderful book collection. My own book, "The Curse of God- Why I left Islam" was inspired by Dawkin's books and I felt quite honoured when Dawkins made the same points in chapter 5 as I made in chapter 2. I don't think Dawkins has read my book and he obviously came up with these points independently but still its a great compliment to me that our minds think alike to a large degree.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-19

wonderful

i learned so much and really enjoyed listening to Richard Dawkins reading his own work

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  • Matthias Schreck
  • 28-10-19

good for an atheist chuckle :)

There are no surprises in this book of you know Richard Dawkins, but this is not a bad thing! He delivers on both the micro and macro level, telling lots of small stories about Bible inconsistencies and weird religious stuff, but then pulls it all together in a clever way to drive home an empowered argument. i found myself very entertained throughout!