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Extended Audio Sample The Good Book: A Humanist Bible (Unabridged), by A. C. Grayling
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. C. Grayling Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

The Good Book consciously takes its design and presentation from the Bible, in the beauty of its language and its arrangement into short chapters and verses, offering to the nonreligious seeker all the wisdom, insight, solace, inspiration, and perspective of various secular humanist traditions.

Organized in 12 main sections, The Good Book opens with meditations on the origin and progress of the world and human life in it, then devotes attention to the question of how life should be lived, how we relate to one another, and how vicissitudes are to be faced and joys appreciated. Inspired by the work of Herodotus and Lucretius, Confucius and Mencius, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, and so many others, The Good Book will fulfill its audacious purpose in every way.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meaghan | 11/2/2013

    " Heavy on the ancient stuff, and longer than it needs to be, but still worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 9/13/2013

    " It was indeed a good book. As with the Bible, I read it in stages. I now keep it nearby for reference. It has much to offer for words on any subject, with an ethos that I can embrace. "

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

    " A great book to read for a mediation. Grayling is considered the velvet atheist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yeonoh | 5/4/2013

    " I enjoyed some chapters but did not like the layout which is boring like the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 11/10/2012

    " I enjoy sitting down at odd times with this collection and reading at my leisure. This represents the great works that humans can produce. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaeda | 10/19/2012

    " I've only read the first few pages so far (Genesis) and the description of how things began (scientifically) is awesome. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 edatheist | 5/22/2012

    " Haven't read all of it but skipped around and read a ton on my roadtrip this weekend. Loving it a lot. The parables are fantastic, as are the proverbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond Rose | 2/24/2012

    " Not surprisingly he got a bit bogged down in ancient Greece! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/31/2012

    " Interesting concept but I just couldn't get past the first several pages. I was hoping for something a little more inspirational and I found the writing style way too dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mediocrates | 7/22/2011

    " A wonderful resource. I'll be returning to it again and again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saniac | 7/21/2011

    " I heard an interview with Grayling on the radio and the book sounded great. Was disappointed to find that it's not an anthology of the sources but essentially a ground up rewrite, with no references back to the originals. Sorry I didn't get it out from the library first before buying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/15/2011

    " A great book to read for a mediation. Grayling is considered the velvet atheist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 edatheist | 4/15/2011

    " Haven't read all of it but skipped around and read a ton on my roadtrip this weekend. Loving it a lot. The parables are fantastic, as are the proverbs. "

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