I try to read / listen to at least some non-fiction works every month. Penn Jillette has done a great job of communicating a difficult topic in today's America.
This book has a great deal of cursing in it so if you are terribly offended by that you probably don't want to listen to the book. Having said that I thought the story was very insightful and funny throughout and I will definitely listen to it again. If there is any doubt in your heart or mind about the existence of God, I highly recommend listening to this book. If there isn't any doubt, maybe you should listen anyway!
Best audiobook that i've ever listened to.
My favorite part is when Penn is telling a story about his sister at the coffee shop with some of his friends.
He brings emotion and a sense of humanity. He'll make you laugh and cry at the same time. It was beautiful.
the language needs to be cleaned up....you can be funny without using the "F" word in every sentence.
I stopped listening when I just could not take hearing another "F".
"I don't know" says it all and Penn explains it.
In the first person. He wrote it so emphasis is where it should be
The Jewish babtisiam in to atheism
A good read. Even better with the 2 for one " Bogo "
"Only by leaving where I am do I know where I must go..."
Yes, I love books read by their authors!
The ending has a great moral for everyone no matter who you are.
The book while disguised as a discussion on atheism is far from the mark. While there are athiest themes and stories much of the book is focused on Penn Jillet's crazy stories from his previous years. These stories can be very X rated and work F*ck needs a counter. However if you enjoy crazy stories with a side of good morals, this could be a book for you.
Hello, I am an avid, when I have time, reader and have been with Audible since 2002. I have a vision problem which makes it hard to read books, so the audible format is a God Send!
Penn has a wonderful wit and tells very funny stories. I liked the idea of a Ten Commandments for Atheists and laughed out loud about many of the tales from his career
I, as a Christian, disagree with premise of the book, but I love to hear from the other side of any belief.
Penn's assertion that being an Atheist can be simply explained by saying, " I don't know". I understand his argument but of course there can't be, proof of faith as if there where proof it would not be faith. There was a phrase the Penn used 2 times in the book that I found truly offensive and over the top, but other than that, the book was thought provoking, even if I am a true believer.
Stripping at airport security! Funny!!!
Penn has respect for other faiths and encourages others to prostilaties and pray for him.
Thanks Penn for being on Audible! I coming to see the show in March. Rock out man!
It's hilarious in a brutally honest way. It's a series of very personal accounts and opinions, that's a little scattered, but ultimately very funny.
There is nothing funnier than Penn, telling his own story. He is loud, rude and outspoken and doesn't pretend to be anything else.
Penn is the only character.
The story about the love his family had for each other.
When Sister told a group of Penn's friends that there were no circumstances under which she would ever betray any member of her family. That defined unconditional love.
Penn is loud and opinionated, an outspoken atheist and unwilling to put up with what he perceives as crap from anyone.
If you're hesitant to buy this audiobook because of the title, I urge you to reconsider. The "Other Magical Tales" component makes up the majority of the book, and rather than creating fiction, Penn retells incredible and unbelievable stories from his life, each one more entertaining than the last. With that said, if you're usually offended by atheist beliefs, you'll probably be offended by much of this book. If not, then you should enjoy this book wholeheartedly.
If you do decide to buy the book, make sure you download the audiobook! I'm sure the paperback is a fine read, but Penn's narrating really turns this book into a can't-miss experience.
good autobiographical information about Penn and Teller and their journey into limelight though book is predominantly about Penn of course. very honest and "unvarnished" at times perhaps a bit too much but I like Penn & Teller and ultimately I agree with most of his views about reason & logic versus religion and superstition. but it is not a book like Dawkins God Delusion which is what I was expecting, though there is some of that type of thing. as far as Penn's reading it is very animated and honest.