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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Hitchens Narrator: Nicholas Ball Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they're all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens, political and literary journalist extraordinaire (Los Angeles Times), can.

Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 2/13/2014

    " Great to have in the bathroom. I read one essay per visit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim Williams | 2/12/2014

    " I am very excited that such a collection has come into existence. It's like one stop shopping for all the philosophical support for my position on religion. It's wonderful to have a volume which includes voices representing the many different faiths of the world and not just the Christain faith. I've only glanced at the table of contents thus far but I am thrilled beyond measure and anxious to get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roger | 2/2/2014

    " There were certainly some "essential" readings in this collection. There were the more obvious selections (Spinoza, Einstein, Freud, Russel, Sagan, Dawkins). There were some great pieces by writers whom I'd never read before (Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Michael Shermer, Victor Stenger). These were balanced with pieces by fictional and poetic writers (Updike, McEwan, Rusdie, etc.). All of this was great. The big problem with Hitchens' collection is the lack of fat-cutting. It's a 480 page grouping that can seem redundant and tiring at times. With 47 selections, there were some articles that could have easily been cut; a good ten that did not quite reach the "essential" category. Some more cutting could have been done within the articles; some writings took long tangents that, out of their original contexts, seemed too off-topic (I'm looking at YOU, Karl Marx). Don't get me wrong -- The Portable Atheist was an informative, enjoyable, satisfying read -- but don't read it cover to cover and expect to be enthralled by every page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jan | 1/19/2014

    " I honestly didn't finish this, but I think it's a decent collection. "

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