• What I Believe

  • 3 Complete Essays on Religion
  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-12-1999
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (2 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these three essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of the good life, morality, the existence of God, Christianity, and human nature. "What I Believe" was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at City College of New York. "Why I Am Not a Christian" concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead "look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in." Finally, "A Free Man's Worship", perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will.
©1925, 1927 Bertrand Russell (P)1995 The Audio Partners Publishing
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"Russell is one of our time's brilliant spokesmen of rationality and humanity, a fearless champion of free speech and free thought." (The Swedish Academy, on awarding Bertrand Russell the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1950)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Karin Diamond on 13-09-2017

Love Bertie but ......

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The content is as expected - brilliant Bertie, however the performance and style of reading are dreadful. So bad in fact that I'm not enjoying this audio book at all.

What didn’t you like about Terrence Hardiman’s performance?

Absolutely nothing. Dreadful reading style.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 23-03-2004

Excellent Logic

I'll be brief. Mr. Russell is brilliant and engaging. This is clear headed logic at it's best....what a great respite from status quo insanity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MJ on 18-11-2011

Inspiring and provacative

Russell lived and died long before I was on this earth, but I feel so close to him in philosophy after listening to his essays. He articulates what I have thought and felt since abandoning christianity, and theism in general. I can listen to Russell over and over.

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By Judy Corstjens on 18-03-2013

Ahead of his time

I'm glad to think that Bertrand Russell lived until 1970 and therefore long enough to see some of the liberal reforms for which he argued, come to fruition. In these essays from the early part of the 20th Century, he is too coy even to use the word 'homosexuality', but makes oblique references as he argues for greater tolerance. In a way, these essays have dated because our society has (thankfully) moved on so much. In his day he would have been dynamite!

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