I would have preferred the author focus more on atheism and a little less on unrelated celebrity anecdotes.
This book was more of a collection of stories from Penn Jillette's life that were crammed into an atheist framework than an actual book about atheism. I am a huge Penn Jillette fan and was really looking forward to a more thoughtful treatment of atheism than this mostly anecdotal book provided. On the plus side: I was grateful to hear Mr. Jillete speak about the solace that atheism can bring and his discussion about the peace that comes from knowing that things just happen; that my father's COPD or my friend's pancreatic cancer aren't ot part of some sadistic entity's plan but rather something that occurred through no fault of anyone. Not enough gets mentioned about how much peace can be found when God is taken OUT of the equation and I appreciate Mr. Jillette for doing just that.
I wish I could say more about this book I finished the book about 2 weeks ago and I do not remember much about it. It has some touching and funny moments by Penn but nothing that really stuck in my brain. there is some stuff about his family and how he felt mourns deaths (a rather nice way with balloons) and going on a zero gravity airplane, there is also some great stuff about magicians and psychics (he hates them). There is also some interesting opinions about religion and politics. As a whole a great if not unmemorable book. Penn's narration was real fun but be warned the book is rather blue.
As someone who was raised a strict Christian who only recently let go of her faith, I devour atheism books like I used to devour devotionals. With any ideological shift, there is comfort in hearing confirming views. While this book did have Penn's views on religion (no need for it) as well as the hook hinted at in the subtitle "you may already be an atheist," the book also goes into strange meanderings about his time in a space shuttle, his views on plastic surgery (pro breast enlargement), and also his views on government (bad).
I was confused about whether this was a book on his ideological positions, or a memoir, or an idea that wasn't fully fleshed out so he filled in with random stories of his life.
There are some entertaining and informative stories, but the book definitely lacks a coherent flow. If you're a big fan of Penn, there are enough "inside" stories to make you feel like you know the man. If you're beginning to doubt religion, this book may be persuasive enough to walk you down the road of that doubt. But if you're looking for a clear, concise picture of atheism, there are better books out there.
No. Expected something irreligious, but got instead a guy reporting on (fantasizing?) his adolescent sexual exploits in way too much disgusting detail, and obviously aiming it at the other guy market. It was so boring that I didn't/couldn't finish it. Mea culpa -- if there were reviews, I didn't take the time to read them -- a mistake I will not repeat. If I want porn, I'll get it, and not select a title that purports relevancy to atheism.
That used to be us by Tom Friedman.
Performance ok -- just couldn't take the content.
None that I found...
Jillette should stick to his performance act!
Fun, Funny, and Personal
The dath of Penn's parents. The care takers, the not missing a show and the balloons.
Giving someone their frist bacon cheese burger at the Rio Hotel.
Penn Jillette and the Naked Urinating Elvis
I like having things read by the author; one gains a true sense of what s/he is trying to say, rather than what a narrator/director team thinks is being said (word emphasis counts in verbal communication).
Having never seen a Penn and Teller act, I had no idea what to expect from this. Mostly, he is a bright guy who seems to like the sound of his own voice and enjoys the opportunity to use it. His stuff can be interesting but he gets lost in the rhetoric rather than tightening things up to a logical and succinct point.
Personally, I didn't find his stuff offensive or particularly enthralling. But I got to 'meet' someone who is often in entertainment news and scratched a curiosity itch. I won't do another, but it was something to do while doing dishes.
I would suggest that he pick a subject and stick with it. The atheism arguments are interesting, as are many of the personal anecdotes, but they just seem to be thrown together and shaken up. It's clear he didn't have enough material for the book he started to write and fluffed it up with personal stories. Don't get me wrong. If you like Penn's humor this book will probably work for you.
Yes, it was hysterical.
Who better than Penn to tell his story?
Yes, It is hard to stop.You keep wondering what he willl say next.
Always interesting stories from Penn and this is no exception.
Yes. I took every opportunity to listen to this book until I finished.
Just starting to listen
Remembering the 80's going to see Asperigus Valey.
Language a bit over the top