I suppose anything is possible, but if you're in the market for a book by Penn Jillette, you're probably a fan in the first place and more than prepared for gratuitous language and, well...gratuitous everything.
This book was more self-indulgent than I had expected -- less philosophical and more anecdotal. I would use the word "irreverent" confidently to describe this book, but Penn's stories about his family were anything but, and incredibly touching.
In the end, this is a well-performed, human book by a tremendously successful ex-carnie who happens to be an outspoken atheist -- and outspoken in general. That Penn himself reads the book is what really brings it to life. You can take the carnie out of the carnival, but not vice versa. Good filthy fun!
Almost six years later, this is still my favourite. I listen to it about twice a year, and it never gets old.
This last time my wife and I listened to it together (her first time) on our cross-country move and it had us both laughing out loud. The content, delivery, and variety are brilliant. A perfect mix of witty, dry humour, and clever use of the medium.
I actually got this audiobook for free from iTunes when it was released, but have since repurchased it from Audible for convenience (I can listen to it again any time using the iPhone app!) and out of appreciation for the countless hours of entertainment Hodgman, Coulton, and the others have given me. Thank you!
That is all.
I laughed out loud throughout when listening to this book. It really hits home, with both obvious and insightful observations of 'white culture' that helped me see the humour in myself and others.
But when I went to write a review and rate the audiobook I saw that perhaps the style of humour (and the dead-on tone of narration) is not universal. Definitely check out the sample; if you think this sounds like your cup of tea after that, you won't be disappointed!