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Christopher Hitchens, hailed as "one of the most brilliant journalists of our time" ( London Observer), takes on his biggest subject yet - the dangerous role of religion in the world.

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he 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 the heavens are 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.

©2007 Hachette Audio (P)2007 Orion

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Forceful and erudite

Loved the quotable statements. Not moved to alter my beliefs but challenged enough to reconsider some aspects.

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Author mistook religious extremism for d religion

A very misleading book, as the author could not differentiate between religious extremism and the religion. Moreover, he completely ignores contributions of the religions to human civilisation.

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  • 04-10-17

Wish it was unabridged!

As above. I have to have 15 words or I cant submit. Blah blah blah

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  • R
  • 03-14-08

For lovers of literature everywhere

Christopher Hitchens's pugilistic style is unlikely to be to everyone's taste. However, the book has its own superbly unique literary quality. And thus it is very different from the works by other non-theists. You can't fail to get the sense that Hitchens deeply cares about reducing the suffering caused by nonsensical beliefs. This being said, his work, in places, is rather superficial and sometimes wholly misses the spiritual point behind certain ideas (e.g. 'There but for the grace of God go I.') Nonetheless, anyone appreciative of literature will find this a valuable contribution to the discourse surrounding religion. Last but not least, to hear this book in Hitchens's own voice really is a pure delight.

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  • Chris
  • 04-28-15

A must read or listen.

Punctures the puffed up self important claims of the worlds religions, with his usual wit and erudition. Christopher Hitchens will be sadly missed.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-08-18

Compulsory reading for all. A true legend.

Should be compulsory reading at all schools.
Such a brutal and transparent deconstruction of the filth that is religion is a wonder in itself.

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  • Deb
  • 01-23-16

Hitchens is great

An intelligent and thought provoking book. Well read by Hitchens himself, if a little quickly in places. Worth listening to more than once.

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  • Geoff
  • 12-18-15

Essential listening (open mind required)

I really enjoyed the author narrating his own work.

Very brave to voice his opinion on such a volatile subject with so many fanatics intent on destroying all non believers. Excellent research and delivered in a style accessible to all.

Absolutely essential to all with an open mind. Shame so many are closed.....

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  • 04-21-08

Listened to several times

He's preaching to the choir with me, but he is relentlessly entertaining and interesting: so much so I've listened to this 3 times.

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  • Mark
  • 08-08-19

A Brilliant Mind

Everything that could ever be said about this book has probably already been said. All I can say is that Hitchens has articulated what I have always suspected about organised religion. It is a challenging, thought provoking and highly entertaining listen. I have just ordered 'Hitch 22' and 'Mortality'. The man is addictive.

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  • Avi Freeman
  • 10-26-18

The best book I read for a long time.

This book should have been written many years ago. We should teach it in every school.

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  • Grant
  • 03-05-18

Simply awesome.

I cannot get enough of this man, his passing was a great loss in the fight for reason and humanity. Now more than ever we need to hear his voice, as our kids grow up in a world full of religious extremism, blind nationalism and popular politics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

Do not bother with this edition

Thus edition is only half of the original and should not be purchased.misses many salient points.
Audible have ripped me off

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  • Algis Kuliukas
  • 10-07-21

Essential listening for every thinking person.

This is a feast for the mind. when I listen to it, again and again, I keep thinking... if only everyone just knew this. If only I were so eloquent as to be able to express such important enlightenment to everyone now that the great Hitchens is no longer with us.
Thankfully, a solution is at hand... spread the word and get as many people to absorb this delight as soon as possible.

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  • David
  • 01-18-20

Brief and informative

Many good arguments and ideas about the role of religion in society are brought together and articulated really well. Hitchens is a great narrator, moving at a fast enough pace to finish the book in just a few hours.

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  • ST
  • 08-13-19

Avoid this abridged version

This is the abridged version. Don't bother with it, it's a waste of money.
The full version is right here on Audible, get that instead. It's also read by Hitchens.
Now I'm going to go spend some more money buying the same book twice because I accidentally bought this crappy abridged version without reading the fine print.