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.
I love movies and I am trying to translate that into reading. Humor, action, adventure....With an infant constantly attatched to me, audio books are my saving grace!
Other than the fact I share MANY (almost all) of Penn's beliefs, i think its such a great experience because the stories are amazingly funny and sometimes heart warming. You really get a sence of who Penn is and what makes him tick. He is a totally lovable guy who id love to meet in person and wish i could know in my personal life.
Hearing Penn read his own book is fantastic. He gets so excited and you can feel the passion in his voice, the humor in his stories, the sadness when he talks about his mom, which you may not get by just reading the book alone.
Very much so, having dyslexia audio books are the answer
Penn Jillette,of course
Being married,to my wife who is very Catholic. There is a part in this book regarding a hair dryer, that has nothing to do with religion. I shared it with my wife and my mom of 78 years old they both got a laugh out of this part of the book. Penn goes into it,so I'm not going to spoil it. That alone is worth the price of the book in my opinion.
The man,makes a lot of true points or facts however you perceive it. I'm going to get my wife to listen to the entire book. It's that good!!!
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If you're also a fan of their TV show "Bull____!" then you'll probably like this book. (There is swearing in this book, and swearing is fine with me, just wasn't sure if Audible is okay with me writing it here)
I really enjoyed Penn's narrating and he tells great stories. Like other reviews mentioned, this is more memoir than theological. And, I did wish it was longer because I was enjoying. Some parts were a little ranty, so if you're touchy maybe not for you. If you're a Penn fan, then go for it!
The basic premise that religion isn't only a bad idea but should be revoked wholesale is an idea with some merits. However, the problem is all the "evidence" that Mr. Jilette is anecdotal with very little substance in my humble opinion. It's not that the book is not entertaining, I did find Mr. Jilette amusing and funny I just couldn't quite identify with all his suggestions or ideas.
The end of the book comes from left field I felt that it could have been more conclusive.
Not much but since the author and the writer are the same person I felt that Mr. Jilette could have made more of a logical appeal to people as to why Atheism is the way to go.
I doubt it.
I didn't know what to expect from this book other than perhaps a laugh or two. Penn Jillette tells many great tales each with a nugget of wisdom. The expected laughs are there but so is sensitive contemplation, reflection on faith and honest understanding of what is important and what isn't. Penns' narration is tremendously upbeat and just so much fun energy to listen to. GREAT JOB ALL AROUND!! I am already looking forward to his next book.
This is my first Audiobook. I enjoy listening to Penn on Penn's Sunday School (where I heard about audible.com) and really wanted to read his book but don't have much free time to read. So I figured I'd listen instead.
His stories are well told and very full of great imagery.
Great book. I could listen to Penn speak for days.
If I had to sum up the entire book into three words they would be: Interesting, Thoughtful, Fun.
The book is actually more of a collection of stories. My favorite story was probably about the zero-g plane that Penn got to ride in. It was definitely one of the more interesting parts of the book.
Penn has a great voice and he does an amazing job expressing and pronouncing every single sentence. Great tone. Great rhythm.
To be a hero is to belief in the truth, even when it's inconvenient.
Do not hesitate to buy this audio book. I still can't believe I did. Well worth the listen time and again.