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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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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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Wonderful

Amazing, well written book. They only let down was that the accompanying PDF was missing sections. There occasions where Dawkins mentions something in the PDF and then it is missing.

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Perfect for the next generation

Outgrowing God is the perfect book for the new generation. Anyone who was intimidated by The God Delusion or who has not read it yet should read Outgrowing God. Dawkings once again completely dismantles the dogmas of religion, and shows a clear and understandable path towards science and reason.

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wonderful

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

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Incredibly insightful and enlightening

As someone who has grown up in a religious household and recently having to challenge those beliefs, I've found your book so incredibly useful in confirming a lot of my suspicions and thoughts and has helped me begin down the road to understanding what it means to live without the superstitions and beliefs that tho once helped our ancestors to survive has now proven to be one of the biggest obstacles to scientific and the general process of progress and evolution of the human species.

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seems aimed at tweens.

Richard Dawkins delivery came across as a little condescending towards the books target age group

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Always informative & accurate, enjoyable.

So refreshing to hear/read from an educated scientist that isn't afraid to point out the stupidity of religious beliefs whilst being so informative & interesting.

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Better than Good

This book made me chuckle at every bare fronted statement Dawkins speaks in relation to its content! I am glad for the greater good that it's out there! I loved it & am gunna spread the word!

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  • Ken
  • 12-07-2020

Required reading for any Christian.

The tonic for what ails you. Step out of ignorance and into the light. We need to start valuing truth over feelings. Otherwise we are doomed. Now Mr Dawkins must turn his spotlight on the new cult of Woke, with similar precision.

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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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2021

Very Insightful

Clear, concise and to the point. Richard discusses various concepts about religion and God and gracefully dissects each one of them.

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  • Michael
  • 19-03-2020

Dawkins Does It Again.

Richard Dawkins continues to communicate the wonder of science and what it tells about how wonderful reality is. Most importantly, he shows how we are able to live in reality without crutches of religiosity or other damaging fictions. My thanks.

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  • Matt
  • 14-11-2019

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
  • 26-09-2019

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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  • John McNamara
  • 15-11-2019

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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  • barryh
  • 14-11-2019

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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  • Zopdoz
  • 30-04-2020

absolutely amazing

narration was very good. I loved the information and it really strengthens my knowledge on how religion and gods are man made.

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  • Mark
  • 30-12-2019

Wonderful Introduction to Dawkins

Having listened to 'God is not Great' by the incomparable Christopher Hitchens I was keen to hear more intellectual and evidence based scientific analysis of why we should no longer believe in Gods. For me, Richard Dawkins delivers this perfectly in 'Outgrowing God'. I have not read any of his earlier, revered work, so this 'beginner's guide' was just what I wanted. My enjoyment of the book was massively enhanced by the author reading it and I totally recommend it to anyone with an interest in finding out why intelligent grown ups have moved beyond the need for Gods.

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  • robert
  • 27-12-2020

As rational and thought provoking as ever!

Brilliantly written, researched and narrated by a excellent mind - an irrefutable argument, should be on the curriculum at schools...!

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  • Fantasy Demon
  • 12-10-2019

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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  • Ian k.
  • 26-09-2019

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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  • Andreas Ergatoudes
  • 29-05-2021

Great ideas explained plainly

This book doesn't help you with overcome God Psychologically. Dawkins provides arguments for atheism. His arguments are well structured and brief. In many ways he is explaining in fewer words, arguments found in other of his books. However, you are encouraged to think for your self and that is the first and initial step in overcoming God or anything for that matter. He provides scientific thinking over superstition and scripture. Narration was on point and by the man himself. I really liked this brief book but since I already am an atheist, it didn't rapture my whole world view. I would however recommend this to someone that is interested in atheism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-2021

Listened to it twice.

I recommend listening to this book twice. It's a mine of sense and logic as you would expect from Richard Dawkins.

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  • Joanna Domzal-Jamroz
  • 27-02-2021

You cannot be serious, but its true

eye opening book even for a person with no science basic knowledge
recommend to anyone interested in outgrowing gods

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