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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Mailer Narrator: Kent Bateman, Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781455190133
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In On God, Norman Mailer, a towering figure in American literature, explores his concept of the nature of God. In a series of probing, challenging, and uncommon dialogues, Mailer establishes his own system of belief, one that rejects both organized religion and atheism. He presents a view in which our world is created by an artistic God who often succeeds but can also fail in the face of determined opposition by contrary powers in the universe. As war is waged for the souls of humans, we in our turn are given the freedom—indeed, the responsibility—to choose our own paths. Mailer believes that our individual behavior, a complex mix of good and evil, will be rewarded or punished with a reincarnation that fits the sum of our lives. Ever original and unpredictable, this inspiring verbal journey offers a unique vision of a world in which “God needs us as much as we need God.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Displays] the glory of an original mind in full provocation.”

    USA Today

  • “Mailer was always the wildest of the great generation of twentieth-century American novelists; reckless, hip, often offensive, always energetic. His essays, even when outrageous, are superbly written, his imagined lives of people intensely researched.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Remarkable. [Mailer’s] a believer—in his own fashion…Here, he puts on the record his typically idiosyncratic beliefs.”

    Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • “Thought-provoking…deliberate and expressive.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “At once illuminating and exciting…a chance to see Mailer’s intellect as well as his lively conversational style of speech.”

    American Jewish Life

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/23/2014

    " Mailer's take on God is completely solipsistic and totally enthralling. I found it thought-provoking. It is the brainchild of Michael Lennon, however, who seems often to completely miss Mailer's point. That's interesting in itself, but begs the question of what the book might have been if it had been completely Mailer's own concoction. He is such a novelist, and Lennon is such a by-the-books academic theologist, it is funny to read two such different minds collide again and again so unyieldingly. There are moments when Mailer is clearly so fed up with Lennon's lack of imagination, and Lennon too gets frustrated by Mailer's free-form ignorance. Fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 1/20/2014

    " Mailer is a grump and seems to have a rather dim and narrow view of God, in my opinion. Interesting views but I didn't agree with many of them. I never got the sense he had much of a spiritual connection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/12/2014

    " Abandoned mid-read because it wasn't quite was I was expecting...crazy old man. But still good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne Schettl | 12/5/2013

    " I started this book but there was no way I was finishing it. I did not like this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ceil | 12/1/2013

    " Very interesting series of conversations on faith with feisty Norman Mailer. He has some interesting thoughts on the subject. Not for die-hard catholics... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikal | 10/14/2013

    " Interesting perspectives and insights, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Godot0424 | 8/24/2013

    " Norman Mailer's thoughts on god: "I feel no attachment, whatsoever, to organized religion. I see God, rather, as a Creator, as the greatest artist. I see human beings as His most developed artworks." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 10/9/2012

    " this book made me temporarily lose my mind. you know, like, in a good way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle Stevens | 8/26/2012

    " This is a very interesting book, he has a very unique perspective on god and religon, while I don't agree on his view points I found it fascinating to read about. if you like reading about peoples different philosophies i'd recomend reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephen B | 8/17/2011

    " Norman Mailer is usually awesome, but this book is a load of bullshit. I used it to start fires all winter. He acts like he and god are good ol pals who go out for cheeseburgers and beer once or twice a week. You senile son of a bitch! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 6/17/2011

    " I was greatly impressed with this book, more so than I thought. There is insight and thought and just an interesting perspective from one of America's premier authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/16/2011

    " Interesting discussion. I found Mailer to be a bit flippant and presumptuous. Overall, it was a good read and it made me think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephen | 10/11/2010

    " Norman Mailer is usually awesome, but this book is a load of bullshit. I used it to start fires all winter. He acts like he and god are good ol pals who go out for cheeseburgers and beer once or twice a week. You senile son of a bitch! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 9/7/2008

    " Mailer is a grump and seems to have a rather dim and narrow view of God, in my opinion. Interesting views but I didn't agree with many of them. I never got the sense he had much of a spiritual connection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ceil | 2/27/2008

    " Very interesting series of conversations on faith with feisty Norman Mailer. He has some interesting thoughts on the subject. Not for die-hard catholics... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/26/2008

    " Interesting discussion. I found Mailer to be a bit flippant and presumptuous. Overall, it was a good read and it made me think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/3/2008

    " I was greatly impressed with this book, more so than I thought. There is insight and thought and just an interesting perspective from one of America's premier authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Godot0424 | 1/15/2008

    " Norman Mailer's thoughts on god: "I feel no attachment, whatsoever, to organized religion. I see God, rather, as a Creator, as the greatest artist. I see human beings as His most developed artworks." "

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About the Author
Author Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923–2007) wrote more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest. He was one of the cofounders of The Village Voice.

About the Narrators

Kent Bateman’s career spans forty years in theater, television, and film as an actor, singer, producer, director, writer, and narrator. He is also the recipient of several television and stage awards. 2007 marked his entry into audiobook narration with Blackstone Audio.

Malcolm Hillgartner is an actor, author, playwright, and professional narrator. Under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and his wife, Jahnna Beecham, have written over one hundred books for young readers; their musicals have played in theaters across America. His audiobook credits include works by Dean Koontz, Nelson Algren, and William F. Buckley Jr. He has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.