This book is in the top two of audio books I have listened to.
I like contemplating god/less, my own personal morality, learning more about other cultures, Penn's life, and family, atheism, magic, I like that its not arrogant, but a personal tale of Penn navigating life and the universe and learning how to best be in the world for him.
It inspired me alot, and probably changed my life.
Arguably Hitchens: as far as why theology is problematic, but you will miss all the underwater sex, celebrity experiences, and magic and so on.
Extreme Elvis in the Swimming pool at Dawn in Vegas.
Penn talking about his mom and dad and sister, made me cry almost everytime.
I love you Penn!
Penn's stories are insightful, funny, and sincere. Well written and great to hear the stories told in Penn's voice.
Make it less about him and how "different" he is and more about his philosophical views, what shaped them and how it affects him today.
No, his voice is not the greatest to listen to.
Yes, there were some parts in which I laughed or nodded my head.
I felt that the title was a misrepresentation of the contents of the book.
I didn't read the print version. However, I don't see how the print edition could be better since Penn is the author and the narrator, he didn't allude to charts or pictures thou I would have liked some I'm sure... especially from his deep-water dives!
His journey into an early 80's San Francisco bath house...lmao
If willing to drink a beer with a guy was the only prerequisite for the presidency he's my candidate, only he doesn't drink so there goes that idea.
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.