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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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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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  • Aboubacar Cisse
  • 23-11-2017

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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  • R
  • 14-03-2008

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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  • rossl1986
  • 10-04-2017

Wish it was unabridged!

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

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  • Cosima
  • 23-01-2016

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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  • Chris
  • 28-04-2015

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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  • Geoff
  • 18-12-2015

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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  • Nigel
  • 21-04-2008

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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  • Grant
  • 05-03-2018

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
  • 15-02-2018

Religion explained perfectly

Christopher Hitchens delivers a deserving huge blow to all religions in this book. It is made even better by him narrating it himself. Really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all, especially theists.

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  • Llama King
  • 07-01-2018

an old argument convincingly won

At last. A long overdue farewell to religion, well reasoned and evidenced. A tonic for the reasoning mind.

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  • Filip
  • 20-09-2016

Good listen, but...

I love the content, but couldn't help being annoyed by Hitch's quick changes of voice volume. I realise he was a great speaker, but in this format and listened to with earphones, it's irritating and forces me to constantly change volume.

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