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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: November 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Jan | 1/19/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Staci | 1/19/2014

    " I wanted to like this... I just couldn't get into it...Maybe I will pick it up later "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/11/2014

    " One of the most sensible and logical books in the world. Some say it is anti-religious,but it is just the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lester | 12/28/2013

    " A keeper to share with others. Also..a compilation of 'such magnitude' that it will be read again and again..bits and pieces at a time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/25/2013

    " Some of the essays are brilliant: Bertrand Russell's, Hume's and several others. Some are slogs though. So it washes out to about three stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chamblin's Uptown | 12/16/2013

    " Love this book! Highly recommend for the historical value alone not to mention the essays available for the different realms of the nonbeliever or perhaps I should say the Freethinker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Meier | 12/11/2013

    " "Essential" should be taken out of the title. Some of them are good, but most I wouldn't call essential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. | 12/4/2013

    " This book is exactly what the title claims-- while nothing too special, it is a well thought out and diverse collection of essays. You've probably encountered some of them before and if not, you probably should have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 10/20/2013

    " If you're looking for the closest thing to an Atheist's Bible, this is it. I recommend you read it with a pen and make notes as often as you can. Highlight, discuss, learn something, you idiot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed the modern essays, especially salman rushdie, sam harris and carl sagan. Mark twain is always wonderful to read. I do think many of these works are heavy, dense, and need to be read more than once to be understood. Ill read this for the rest of my life, very interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Whitworth | 9/6/2013

    " Some of the essays Hitchens selected for this collection are a little dry. But on the whole it was a great read, and some of the personal stories were extremely touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 8/16/2013

    " Lots of Essays by some of the most prominent atheists through out history. Even some from Einstein (the mathematician not the dog) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/8/2013

    " Gave up on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katia | 9/2/2012

    " This is a fascinating collection of all manner of brave thought, from the scholarly to the humorous. My favorites are the account of David Hume's last days, the Mencken list of dead gods, and the Ibn Warraq dissection of Islam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/25/2012

    " I'm never going to finish this. I don't like audio books and I'm not crazy about reading selections from things rather than the things themselves. If you like audio books and you're interested in the subject matter I'm sure it would be great. Hitchens was terrific though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/25/2012

    " This is a collection of essays about atheism. My favorites were the essays by George Sand and Emma Goldman. The intro by Hitchens was pretty great as well; I think it's the most calm, thoughtful writing I've seen from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Ernst | 4/12/2012

    " I will be rereading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle LaPorte | 12/3/2011

    " Great compilation of some of the best atheistic writings. I'm a Christian and I loved this book. Very convenient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrick | 11/17/2011

    " Some of the authors were a little bit too philosophical for me to grasp/pay attention to what they were saying. Others had very good points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 9/1/2011

    " If you ever get tired of old Hitch pounding religion from every angle, you might as well read his favorite religious pounders do it for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jorge | 6/26/2011

    " Great essays. The intro is worth thr price of the book. I owe this fantastic book a review.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis | 6/4/2011

    " Great book to have in the arsenal for any atheist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/20/2011

    " Some new works I had not read, some classics in the field, all thoughtful. Good job, Mr. Hitchins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/4/2011

    " Lots of good texts are in there but the presentation of some of it is terribly dry. I'm looking at you Marx. The book does provide lots of material to site easily though if need be during a debate, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 3/3/2011

    " I will be rereading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/24/2011

    " One of the most sensible and logical books in the world. Some say it is anti-religious,but it is just the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/18/2011

    " Some great entries, some stodgy and impenetrable, but a great introduction by Christopher Hitchens. The man is a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/12/2011

    " You won't find a better set of essays describing the arguments, and the faith, behind secular humanism, from classical times to the "New Atheists." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/8/2011

    " A very nice collection of texts that, besides obviously underlining some of the secular and atheistic writing in classic literature, also serves as a nice introduction to those same works. I will definitely be reading some of these works, now that I have had a taste of them here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/31/2010

    " Enjoyable... wouldn't recommend the book if your not an atheist or your not a fan of Christopher Hitchens but I guess that goes without saying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/29/2010

    " This book tries to answer the question: what do great minds think about atheism? It does it very well, though it is a little dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/27/2010

    " Really outstanding collection of essays--especially impressed with the breadth and depth of disciplines and cultures from which the collection is sourced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rahim | 12/15/2010

    " A very varied read. It quotes from many different authors most of which are very dry in making their point. That said there are many gems quoted in the book too which are a must read. Worth a buy if you like reading old style writings which can be very convoluted. "

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