I'm a baby boomer, about 5 years older than Penn, so I relate to a lot of the way he looks at things. I'm not one to dis atheism and whether I am or am not an atheist is none of your business. This book is an excellent source to learn how other people think who may not be followers of any of the world's "great"religions.
Listen to it for the trippy, fun anecdotes.
Penn seems to have what some may see as a "big man's complex", but I don't care. His ego may bother some, but that's their problem.
I'm not into magic and the only time I might turn on a magic show on TV would be if I have trouble sleeping. That does not stop me from respecting magicians.
His misadventure with his ex-girlfriend's roommate hair dryer made me laugh to tears. His atheist baptism stories are worth the money. Here's a guy that really has no hang ups with so-called judeo-christian repressed values.
yes, Penn Jillette is amusing. he tells stories pertaining to his subject matter, and a lot more that only have to do with the people around and how they live without "god". he has a great speaking voice and betrays his New England Mass-hole-chuttes origin with every breath he takes.
his asides and rambles make more sense than most peoples direct points.
Penn Jillette swear. I mean he swears a lot, a whole cosmic f*cking sh*t ton! but he doesn't swear JUST for the sake of swearing. he swears as part of the act. it's not uncommon for Penn to go whole paragraphs without swearing, but you know that when he does, it's to make a point (That and he loves talking about Tits. Boobs, Melons, Tatas, Breast!)
the vomit commit, the roller coaster airplane ride that NASA has
listening when Penn describes the death of his father
as with his magic show, so with his books. Penn gets to talking and you miss the illiusion part of the show, and you get the point anyway.
There is no god, but Penn Jillette is funny as fucking hell.
(don't miss the part where he drops his penis in to an overheated blowdryer, it'll bring tears to your eyes)
If you like free flowing talks about sex, libertarianism, magic and atheism spattered with no lack of obscenities, then this just might be the book for you.
If you are looking to find insights about atheism, what it means and if it's right for you, then you might want to look elsewhere.
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!