The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion

  • by Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by Bob Walter
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"More years ago than I care to reckon up, I met Richard Feynman." So begins The Language God Talks, Herman Wouk's gem on navigating the divide between science and religion. In one rich, compact volume, Wouk draws on stories from his life as well as on key events from the 20th century to address the eternal questions of why we are here, what purpose faith serves, and how scientific fact fits into the picture.
He relates wonderful conversations he's had with such scientists as Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Freeman Dyson, and Steven Weinberg, and brings to life such pivotal moments as the 1969 moon landing and the Challenger disaster. Brilliantly written, The Language God Talks is a scintillating and lively investigation and a worthy addition to the literature.

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What the Critics Say

"In a crowded book market filled with self-serving and redundant theories about humankind's place in the grand scheme, it is rare to encounter an original, honest, charming voice. Such is the case with Wouk's latest work....Wouk's humility, humor and insight make the book a joy to read and a wonder to contemplate...Authentic, accessible prose mixed with real insight." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Meh

Not what I expected. If you are a fan of his other works it would be interesting to see how the seed of this work was sowed years ago and hear about how he wrote the others, but there't nothing new here and it plods along. The main thesis of his views on religion aren't even in the book, but in an appendix which is a reprint from an earlier work. Not worth the time, really. . .
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- daogier

Must read if you're a big Wouk Fan

What made the experience of listening to The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion the most enjoyable?

First, if you haven't read other Wouk books, you won't "get" or enjoy this. In spite of the title, this is not really a book about science or God. It's a book about Herman Wouk and his personal thought and growth. If you want to know what makes Wouk tick and what makes his characters tick, this is a great listen.I particularly enjoyed the breakdown of the War and Remembrance characters but that's because War and Remembrance is my favorite book of all time.


Would you recommend The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if you're a fan of the Wouk classics such as War and Remembrance and The Caine Mutiny.


What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Wouk's view of how science and religion can be reconciled (or, really, how it can't be, but doesn't need to be) is interesting.


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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio