• The Portable Atheist

  • Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Ball
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 11-26-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (635 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2007 Christopher Hitchens (P)2007 Phoenix Books, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A fascinating collection of readings from some of the West's greatest thinkers." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Eugenio on 12-30-10

Unabridged is not so

After finishing listening to the two part unabridged version as advertised, I was able to compare my Kindle PC text version and my printed book version. I was very disappointed to find out that more than half of the essays were left out. I can understand that it would have made it extremely long to listen to or that some of the essays are extracts of bestselling books. But I think Audible.com should make it clear that it is not an unabridged version as I consider this false advertising. Nevertheless, it is fabulous and eye opening information. It is well read with a clear professional voice. That is my only complaint.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Misanthrope™ on 06-05-08


I would love to give it 5 stars, and would for the actual book, but the Audible recording is not unabridged as advertised. Get the book instead!

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47 of 49 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lawrence on 12-27-07

The unheard side

Excellent, informative and essentianal reading on atheism. So much strong evidence and compulsive listening

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 03-21-09

great book

I have the book already, but wanted an audio version for planes & trains, also because the book's pretty hefty for travel. I don't know if it's just me but the narrator, Nicholas Ball has a soporific effect on me. Ideally I'd have liked Hitchens to have read it. So, for me, it's better in the printed form.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-23-17


Unabridged my ass. This is only half the book. Of the 47 chapters, this audiobook has omitted 23. What the hell.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 04-20-17

Good book, poor narrator

The writings of Hitchens is excellent. However the audible version of this book is let down by the narrator. Admittedly challenging to match Hitchens enthusiasm and energy, this narrator is not on point.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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