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The End of Faith Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4.2 (11,938 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Harris Narrator: Brian Emerson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, the world can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion -- an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The End of Faith is a genuinely frightening book…Read Sam Harris and wake up.” 

    Richard Dawkins, Guardian (London)

  • “This is an important book…Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “This book will strike a chord with anyone who has ever pondered the irrationality of religious faith…Even Mr. Harris’ critics will have to concede the force of an analysis which roams so far and wise, from the persecution of the Cathars to the composition of George Bush’s cabinet.” 

    Economist 

  • “Sam Harris launches a sustained nuclear assault…The End of Faith is a brave, pugilistic attempt to demolish the walls that currently insulate religious people from criticism…The End of Faith is badly needed.” 

    Independent (London)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • PEN/Martha Albrand Award

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Architeuthis | 2/15/2014

    " This book was quite good, but I didn't find it as entertaining or informative as Richard Dawkins's "The God Delusion." They're both very much worth reading, and very different. Sam Harris's book is more grim, and has a much darker sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Corine Romero | 2/12/2014

    " a must read for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Geetanjali | 2/8/2014

    " The most needed book of this century!! My all time favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Saundra Brookes | 1/24/2014

    " Life-changing. Seriously! I look at so many things in an entirely different way after reading this. In fact, I have read it 3 times and often lend out my copy. "

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About the Author
Author Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of the bestsellers The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Lying. The End of Faith won a 2005 PEN Award for nonfiction, and his writing has been published in over fifteen languages. Harris’ work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, and Newsweek, among others. He is cofounder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.

About the Narrator

Brian Emerson is an actor and technical director with a long career in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore area.