I've been a Penn Jillette fan for many years. I watch his Showtime show, read his columns in computer magazines over the years and have owned his movie Penn and Teller Get Killed on VHS. This book however should never have been published. The basic premise of the book is based on broken logic and the other "magical tales" are really stories about how feels bad for making fun of Siegfried and Roy by making fun of them all over again and how he donned a giggly, grab-ass homosexual stereotype to enter a gay club and couldn't figure out why "they" never approached him. To make matters worse, Penn decided to spice up practically every sentence with at least one F word. In all seriousness, if you were to remove every curse word from this audio book it would only be about 20 minutes long.
Interesting, funny, and emotional.
When Penn was telling the story of before during and after his mom died I couldn't help but cry with sadness and happiness at the same time.
Hearing Penn tell stories that are close to his heart is as if he were sitting across from you at a table telling you things as if you were his closest friend. It is truly fantastic.
With Penn narrating his own stories brought me such joy in laughter and joy in tears as soon as it was over I listened to it again. I couldn't recommend it more to anybody, not just to an atheist.
Funny, Intelligent, Enjoyable
Anyone that has heard Penn before knows hes a great narrator. He tells stories very well and ones that are very interesting. Since these are actually his stories he makes it even more interesting to listen too. He brings great enthusiasm when reading.
Honestly the god parts to me were pretty slim, he mentioned them abit but I really enjoyed the book during the "and Other Magical Tales" parts. They really made me laugh and made my morning commute a breeze. When talking about atheism I really wish I heard more magical tales.
Penn is a professional performer. Aha accidental alliteration! Penn is blast to listen to and I'm really glad I chose the audio book format.
I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book if I had not listened to it. The types of stories it contains are ones that must be expressed in voice, not text.
His secular overview which makes sense and doesn't rely on blind faith. It confirms my view of life and the universe.
His obvious sincerity and his sense of humor.
How to think for yourself...
Penn Jillette refers to himself repeatedly as an example of a "stupid atheist". In this respect, I fear he is too hard on himself. While it's true that God, No! does not contain the intellectual sting of Hitchens (then again, what ever could) or the scientific rigor of Harris or Dawkins, it is, shall we say, in a different form from these. Part autobiography, part treatise on morality, perhaps even part non-fiction novel, God, No! is a collection of parables, stories, and anecdotes from the life of its author Penn Jillette, each of which is stimulating in it's own right, however, taken together, the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts ever could be. Speaking as one who's awakening to reason and atheism was not a happy one, not a triumphant vanquishing of superstition, but a depressed acquiescence to reason and evidence. A time when I could almost understand those who would argue in abject terror that without God where would the goodness come from? Where are we to receive our consolation from? This book provides the expression of what beauty can arise when we throw off our mental chains and live unhindered. What a life that can be lived.
The guy eating the cheeseburger
When he talked about his sister and his parents
It's a lovely book if you really dig Penn Gillette (which I do). It's autobiographical stories that are funny, self-deprecating, and thoroughly entertaining. The title is misleading, it's not about signs you may already be an atheist, it's a walk through Penn's view on the world. LIke him even more as a performer after listening to this.
Long Time Shopper
Perhaps one of the greatest story tellers I have ever heard in 55 years on Radio or TV, falls flat with this collection of personal anticdotes, where he spends most of his time trying to justify himself and his opinions.I have no problem with his views on God, organized religion, homosexuality, the Orthodox Jewish life and lifestyle, his parents and family relationships and how he is raising his children. Although his views are different than mine, he of course has every right to feel this way. I simply wish he would have handled all of the above subjects as he did with Global Warming..I bought this book to be entertained, because that is what Penn Jillette is suppose to be, an entertainer. This book does not entertain, it justify's what I see as a unique life and made me wonder "didn't you learn to never leave out the funny", at Clown College?
Howie Carr's new novel.
Didn't really, seemed to take everything to personal. Language, did make me turn off book when going through a drive thru in the car.
90 Percent of the stories.
Where can I write to Mr. Jillette to get my money back.
Entertaining at the least, but lacks any substance. If you are an avid Penn and Teller devotee, then perhaps you'll find this worthwhile.
I enjoyed this rambling book that weaves together Penn's views on religion with his personal life and views p.