Who knew that half of a magician duo could be this funny, raw, shocking and fun?
Penn Jillette's reading of his own book wrings out every bit of humor, pathos and irreverence from a series of essays grouped by the 10 Commandments. The essays are filled with clippings of Jillette's own life that are often heart-wrenching even though I was often laughing so hard, I had to rewind to hear some bits again. I have to say, sometimes the memories also caused me to squirm a little because his emotions are so raw and the language can be pretty harsh.
Of course this book will offend and shock many people who are not already athiest, but I am hopeful that some open-minded beleivers give it a try. It may open some minds or it may make your faith even stronger -who knows. I certainly did not agree with everything he has opinions about, but I sure enjoyed hearing his take on American life from religion to politics to child-rearing.
I was definitely did not want the book to end and now I waiting for the sequel (if there is one) to hear Penn Jillette's take on othere aspects of life.
This is vintage Penn. If you love their Showtime series, you will love this book. The story about the ultra-orthodox leaving their faith and one of them enjoying his first non-kosher meal with the P&T posse is one of many that brought a smile to my face.
How will I ever forget about the
Penn performing as the soft-hearted Penn when talking about his parents and sister was touching - because it wasn't a performance at all.
Imagining Penn's you-tube exhortation to the faithful to really live their faith being shown in fundamentalist churches. Priceless.
There is a lot more to this book than Penn making the case against God. He has strong opinions on many other topics. And a lot of great stories.
I would have listened to this in one sitting, but some of Penn's stories about people,
Great journey into the mind of an atheist.
I loved the stories from Penn's own history. The stories of the death of his mother, and sister moved me to tears.
More about Penn Jillette than the subtitle
Yes. But this is more in-depth.
Great performance. Penn Jillette is a raunchy, loud mouth and somehow lovable.
It felt like Penn was telling his stories to you, not just a random audience.
The hair dryer story.
It was not funny - boring - his voice was grating -
material was not funny for anyone to read
If you aren't sure what you believe, Penn does a great job of summing it up and making you think about how you define yourself.
Summed up how I feel perfectly and in an entertaining manner. I like it when a book stimulates your interest while maintaining a sense of humor. Religion and religious people take themselves too seriously.
I like it when author's read their own books, especially when it is autobiographical in nature. It helps when the author is also an entertainer who knows how to express their views.
Yes, but I enjoy stretching them out over a week of commuting.
The narration by Penn Jillette is just totally amazing. The book itself is excellent but with Penn's enthusiastic narration just make it totally amazing!