God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Version: Unabridged
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Narrator: Author
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Atheism
Publisher: Twelve
Published In: April 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Now available as a value-priced edition Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as "one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time "takes on his biggest subject yet--the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world.
With his unique brand of erudition and wit, Hitchens describes the ways in which religion is man-made. "God did not make us," he says. "We made God." He explains the ways in which religion is immoral: We damage our children by indoctrinating them. It is a cause of sexual repression, violence, and ignorance. It is a distortion of our origins and the cosmos. In the place of religion, Hitchens offers the promise of a new enlightenment through science and reason, a realm in which hope and wonder can be found through a strand of DNA or a gaze through the Hubble Telescope. As Hitchens sees it, you needn't get the blues once you discover the heavens are empty.

Reviews (13)

Written by Jeff M. on July 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

must read for entire world

Written by James Hands on December 26th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Hitch, nails it like only he can. So there are about 1,000 documented Gods conjured up by man and most all are an atheist w respect to all but 1? You're only 1 away!! Keep going! LOL! Oddly in my opinion, 90+% of the time, we are our the religion stamped into us by our parents? Kind of begs (answers) the question. Did God make us in His image or did many men make many Gods. But hey, I must step aside at the pearly gates to let Charles Manson on in. A Priest visited him 3 min before his death and he & God are tight now. Go figure. Thoughts to ponder and this book does it like no other.

Written by Joel Parkes on March 25th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A superb dissection of the oldest con job in history.

Better pay attention

Written by DOSE in Pulaski Co, VA on January 31st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was much appreciated to hear the book read in the author's voice. But if you want to catch every subtle point, bit of information and all his sarcastic wit, you had better pay attention and concentrate as you listen! Hitchens is so intelligent and articulate, i often wished i had a convenient pause and rewind button in the truck so i could let many of the lines sink in. He succeeds at pointing out the ridiculous contrivances of human beings, and at many points i laughed out loud at the absurdity of us, or gritted my teeth at the cruelty we often display. Regardless of your views on religion, if you are open to a well-stated argument, you will find his presentation simulataneously entertaining, eloquently stated, and informative. And boy oh boy, to a dolt like me, they sure came rapid-fire! Enjoy.

Written by on November 8th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, fascinating read. Even though the narration was good, I feel It could been much better, he tends to lower his voice at times, making him hard to understand. Great work.

Nothing Earth Shattering

Written by nittany1979 on June 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Hitchins says nothing that any atheist hasn't heard before, but does have a new way of saying it. I was interested in his perspective to a degree, especially when he builds upon information delivered in Dawkins' THE GOD DELUSION. However, he should have someone else narrate his work. He randomly pauses in mid sentence, mumbles a few syllables, then bellows the next word at ear shattering decibel. Why Chris?? It was a mumbled mess of good information at times, which made it hard to listen to in a car with full attention. Hitchins delivers almost an autobiography of his opinion of religion and history of governments use of religion in their own country's past. Much of the book was redundant bore, peppered with some good quotes and argument that are now a part of my arsenal. Not bad, not great.

special pleading done well

Written by DF on August 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Hitchens doesn't miss a single case of illustrating the horrors of the religious world and religious history. He's smart and he's a good writer, and he's documenting real cases so he kept me listening and definitely made me think about religion and its power in the world. Ultimately, though, the book would be better--and more true--if Hitchens could find a little more depth and generosity in his soul. I often got the feeling that the book was calculated to sell for its shock value. The result is a good rather than great book about religion.

My Favorite Book

Written by Bryce on September 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So much fun to listen to. My only nag is that I couldn't always understand his accent. It was long or else I'd listen to it again to pick up the parts I missed the first time through. Everyone religious or non should listen to this book. It is an intelligent review of all man-made religions.

boring narrator

Written by Anonymous on August 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I really wanted to listen to this book but found the narrator obnoxious within the first disk.

Brilliant Mind!

Written by Dennis Kautz on June 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Although unappealing to most theists, Hitchens brings his unapologetic attacks on religions. He is highly educated in most facets of theology which makes his arguments much more substantial. Christopher Hitchens along with Richard Dawkins are the biggest voices for atheism and "anti-theism" currently in the world and both bring an enormous intellect to the table. For strong believers in of any religion this book will be repugnant and probably stir anger, so I wouldn't waste your time. However, if you have ever doubted your faith because there are so many unanswered questions, then this is a must read or listen. Also, I really enjoyed Hitchens' narration.

Author Details

Author Details

Hitchens, Christopher

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.