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The God Delusion

Written by: Richard Dawkins
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
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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.

©Richard Dawkins; (P)Random House

Critic Reviews

"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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Disappointing and overrated

1) Two narrators narrating a book seems to be little annoying, especially when its a male and a female.
2) First couple of chapters are really boring , where author says there is no God like for 100s of times without any clear explaination.
3) Most part of the book contains reference to other books and explaination by other authors/scientist.
4) Some contents are really irrelevant, For example: Authors vents his frustration against those readers who didn't like author's thoughts about God.
5) I was looking for a clear explaination by author which proves there is no God, but what I got to hear was just one statement "evolution by natural selection" for 1000s of times in this book.
6) Overall - very disappointing.

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Excellent perspective and explanation of atheism

whether you are a thiest or an athiest this book will help one understand what exactly athiesm means.he raises some very intriguing questions in this book which will force the listener/reader to think about them. through these questions he gives his point of view on these questions through which many clarifications to God/religion related concepts are given. he also describes historical descriptions of religious incidents to delve deep into how religions work, how people get indoctrinated into religions. but he also gives clarity on athiesm related concepts helping one to understand why concepts related to God/religions cannot be realistic. hence anyone truly passionate about knowing how the universe and how life began cannot be religious in fact believing in God is more an excuse to imply that they are not truly interested in knowing these answers.
he also describes some misconcepts (of both thiests and athiests), eg being an athiest doesn't anyway mean that such people are immoral etc.

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the evil

it has changed me and my way of understanding god and religion.
they are a lot more evil than i imagined.
when will humanity win?

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worth a read

Starts off being a little repetitive and hollow, but picks up pace half way through and ends up being a very interesting read in the end

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thought evoking

The book bluntly refutes all the arguments that religion puts forward to support itself.really nice

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work of great scholarship, no doubt.

Only one thing I though Dawkins didn't probably discuss is how scores of believers and devouts are also exceptionally good human beings. Of course, I am not hinting a bit towards that the belief or the devotion is necessarily the reason or inspiration behind their goodness.

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Richard Dawkins is The Greatest Human alive.

Richard Dawkins is one of the Greatest Living Beings to ever take a step on Earth. I feels so Blissful and Halcyon to have been able to listen to him and one of his masterpieces - 'The God Delusion'

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Really nice book...Loved it.

Really good arguments and reasoning by author...

I hope it brings new perspective and way of thinking to people who followes faith blindly.

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Lack of proper research

A good speech made by Dr. Dawkins but i believe he didn’t do his research well and complete. Some good points raised though.

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  • NicholasTod
  • 10-09-13

A Fantastic Read

Would you consider the audio edition of The God Delusion to be better than the print version?

The story telling by Mr Dawkins and Miss Ward is really well done, and adds another dimension to a already well written and intelligent book.

What did you like best about this story?

The best thing about the story is that it shatters the shackles of being controlled by other people, (which whatever people say is the point of religion, to control you) and opens your eyes to the fact that there are no spirits, magic or anything supernatural that you need to fear, we do good because we are good people and we want to, not because there is some judgmental thing watching us. The world is clearer and safer in that knowledge.

Have you listened to any of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A but I will.

Any additional comments?

Really is a must read for everyone, I want my children and grandchildren to read this, if people actually stop and think about what we are told by these "people of faith" and look at how so much of the world's problems are because of them and there ever crusade to be in control of your lives, the world would be a much happier place.

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  • Ian
  • 02-11-06

Excellent

Dawkins has been a major contributor to my education on evolution and natural selection. His style and presentation gets complex ideas across with clarity and simplicity. This is an important work that sadly is unlikely to be experienced by many of those who would receive benefit from it. It has all the clarity of Dawkins at his best.

I particularly liked the "two handed" narration. The alternation of voices is used well to give emphasis and variety and never appears contrived in a way that would have been so easy. More audiobook producers of factual titles should consider using this technique

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  • Troy
  • 02-10-12

Mind expanding

Sure, he was preaching (pun intended) to the converted, but Richard Dawkins also gives you a lot to think about in this great book. I was facilitated as I listened to different theories on why religious folk can be such nut bags. Give it a listen, test your faith or confirm your convictions.

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  • Antony Dayal
  • 31-07-12

Dawkin's slays the Dragon

If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

Science lights the Dark

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the last chapter on how special life is and why you don't need any super natural being to explain why it is. Trillions of beings could have been here instead of you, yet you are here. With those odds who needs the lottery.

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Dawkin's does not shy away from stating facts that others would shy away from. His arguement, as usual, is well thought out and convincing. He lays out the make believe of religon. To see the world through his world is far more beautiful than one described by the religous.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-19

Disappointing

Well written and great use of language. well narrated but the book did not live up to the title. It was really just a diatribe ( a very well written diatribe) against the privilege position of religions in society. There were no new ideas (complaints) than many of us were expressing around dinner tables in the 70s. However, as to proof of the existence or non-existence of a god, disappointing.

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  • Kee Ooi Yuen
  • 10-01-19

I signed up for Audible for this!

I signed up for Audible because of this book and it's better than expected! I'm always trapped in my religion that I grew up with and I know something isn't right. This book will definitely answer those questions. Chapter 1 is now done and I'm so excited for the upcoming chapters...

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  • VC
  • 19-01-18

awesome experience

awesome book that expands the frontiers of your understanding. hard hitting style. gripping. finally, sensitive to meaningfully place the personal experience of a larger context

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  • Gillian Mackay
  • 14-08-17

Excellent, brilliant everyone should read this!!!

Excellent, brilliant. Everyone should read this.. More of Dawkins please
didn't want it to end

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  • Thys Dry
  • 27-01-16

Mind blowing

This is hands down one of the most fantastic books I have read so far. For atheists, agnostics, or questioners of religion. This book will wrench open your eyes and force you to see the truth. I would especially recommend this book to religious people who would like to dig deeper in their faith from a scientific perspective. A MUST read.

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  • jaxito73
  • 24-01-16

Consciousness raised

Thoroughly rational, well laid out arguments for the ideas presented. This is not a rally cry for fellow atheists, rather a comprehensive discussion on why there is such a need to be more educated and informed on this critical issue. Lalla's interjections as 2nd narrator is at times jarring but the purpose of punctuating certain points is generally effective.

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  • WizardsKnob
  • 30-11-16

Flying Spaghetti Monster here I come

Any additional comments?

I found The God Delusion positively enlightening. I'm an atheist (brought up a Roman Catholic so chose atheism as soon as my mother gave me the option). The case for atheism is given intelligently, humorously, and with no condescension. The facts (for they are facts, not arguments) are very revealing, and hopefully help to remove the blinkers of religious dogma from as many people as possible.

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  • Matthew
  • 18-01-09

At last, the arguments are put forward!

Fantastic book that shows that it's not a crime to question in the belief of god. This book is constantly on my MP3 as it's so easy to go back to and enjoy.

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  • Louise
  • 11-02-07

Food for thought

The audio content of this recording is excellently presented by Dawkins and his wife, Lalla Ward, who alternate speaking to very good effect. Dawkins is at his most interesting and persuasive when talking about his specialist subject, evolutionary science, and has got a great deal to say about a wide range of other subjects. The book ranges from theology to social sciences to physics to ethics and the listener picks up some fascinating titbits of information and anecdotes along the way.

Unfortunately, I felt that Dawkins? passion for his cause, combined with his layman?s knowledge on the majority of the themes, leads to several rather irritating and poorly thought-out assertions which diminish the overall message of the book. I was left feeling short-changed after yet another sweeping dismissal of a complicated theological area and desperate to hear the other side of the story.

Overall, this book will open your mind to a wide range of discussion topics and give you much food for thought. I would, however, consider the abridged version as 15 hours of the author?s rhetoric gets a little wearying.

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  • Valerie
  • 02-12-06

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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  • Mr. Jeff L. Walker
  • 17-08-09

the answer to life the universe and eveything

I had been thinking of downloading this book for some time, but as a committed atheist, I wasn?t sure if it would be for me ? I don?t need convincing. I also thought it would be dry. How wrong could I be. I love this book, and the narrative with Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward is very entertaining. I was reminded of the wonderful writing of Douglas Adams with both readers narrative ? appropriately enough, the book is dedicated to Douglas Adams, a good friend of Dawkins (who met his wife and fellow narrator, Lalla Ward though Douglas Adams).

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-07-08

Far more than a rant !

I've both read it and listened to this, several times now, and thought I'd wait a bit before adding my comments.
As an audiobook, it's superb - well read, and yes, the two voices work.
As a book, the content is remarkable, well-thought through and devastating - yes, Dawkins has strongly held views and a real anger about religion, its sources and its consequences. It is the book that atheists and agnostics who previously weren't sure why they felt what they felt have been waiting for - it articulates all their concerns.
Which is why, religious readers, simply dismissing it is both foolish and counter-productive. If we cannot read it, respect its honesty (even if we disagree) and counter its arguments intelligently and thoughtfully, other than by stamping our feet and sticking our fingers in our ears then we have no right to take the high ground. (And getting personal and vindictive is hardly Christian!)
Know your enemy, and work out the best way to deal with him! Are we really so insecure about our beliefs that we cannot counter Dawkins on his own ground, intellectually?

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  • Barisi
  • 12-01-17

Brilliant

Loved every minute of it. The arguments were simple and well laid out and the reading was great.

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  • martyn
  • 07-01-17

Enjoyable

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Pretty good indeed!
I like to challenge those religious types around be, but I'm still far from clever enough to do so

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  • Andrew
  • 05-03-07

Devastating critique of religion

Unlike 'Geoff' from Stockton-on-Tees (a previous reviewer of this work), I have had the benefit of actually listening to the book, and having read most of the rest of the Dawkins oeuvre besides. His writing is never less than exhilarating, and very often devastating. For me, the key theme is his critique of religion as an all-purpose excuse-generating mechanism, whether it is providing the justification for wars, discrimination or plain ignorance about the natural world. Alas, those who are too intellectually cowardly to listen beyond the preview will never experience the thrill and/or challenge of Dawkins' arguments.

I also feel that the book benefits from having been presented in this two-narrator audiobook form, and wonder whether Professor Dawkins' publishers have considered giving his other works a similar treatment.

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  • Swaledale Sheep
  • 14-02-19

Tour de force

It is difficult to be objective about this book as it is preaching to the converted on my behalf and anyone who invokes Douglas Adams can do no wrong.

With regard the audible presentation the performances are excellent and the tag team approach between Richard and Lalla works well.

Genuinely, thought provoking and puts forward the arguements well. I previously thought that as long as religion was not radicalising or evangelistic then what harm could it do, live and let live, but having now finished listening to the entire argument, I think there is a strong evidence to agree that religion is more pervasive and to be guarded against.

Listen and make your own mind up.

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  • Rob Thompson
  • 25-12-17

Well researched critique of religious dogma in the 21st century.

This book answers for me, all of the questions which arise out of the adherence to blind faith in all its many forms. A carefully constructed and well read expose of religious practice today.

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  • Nic
  • 13-12-17

Evidence based arguments to delusions

This book should be compulsory reading in conjunction with all religious texts. God is a lie

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-17

Articulated

I was a bit skeptical at first as I thought it would be a bible bashing book but found it well articulated with relevant anecdotes.

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  • Ryan
  • 12-05-17

Simply stunning

The world would be a better place if everyone read this book. Entertaining, accessible, enlightening and inspiring. A true masterpiece.

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  • Cambell
  • 02-04-16

Brilliant literature for the thinking person

Dawkins puts forward a clear argument and strong reasoning in this book, and the writing comes to life when read by Richard and Lala.

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  • Kristopher
  • 11-12-14

Very informative

Very interesting and helped me understand matters that I knew of, but was not able to accurately form them into relevant ideas of what I do, and do not believe. I think if I read this instead of listen, it would have been to difficult for me to understand. Listening to this gave me opportunity to use my attention on understanding his concepts... Worth a listen but keep an open mind for those of faith.

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  • Michael
  • 21-05-15

Fantastic!!!

Richard Dawkins - Good looking, beautiful voice and as brilliant as they come! A must listen!

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  • Christopher Beachy
  • 18-03-20

Pompous

Arrogant. I thought I was really going to enjoy this book. Unfortunately I thought wrong.
I’m an atheist myself but I pride myself on being open-minded and empathetic towards others. Richard Dawkins is neither. He might be an extremely intelligent human being but he’s a terrible person. I almost want to convert to Christianity after listening to this garbage just to distance myself from being associated with such a person. I thought there would be objective facts provided for his arguments; however, this was nothing more than subjective word vomit from the mouth of someone who thinks they’re better than thou.
Don’t waste your money or credits if a subscriber.

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  • J McMillan
  • 02-05-19

Thought provoking

A great read for like minded people with an inquisitive minds. Well read and researched

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  • Annalie
  • 28-03-19

Good reasoning

This book is an excellent read for non-believers, confirming the common sense reasoning that led them to leave their religious beliefs of their upbringing. There are a lot of aha moments in this book!
This book, however, will have very little impact on firm believers, as religious beliefs cannot be disspelled by reasoning. Religion is beyond proof, so it is a futile exercise to try and counteract it with scientific facts and common sense. It is unbelievable that religion is still playing such a huge roll in this day and age. The human is an emotional animal, we are much more irrational than what we think we are.

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