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
I would recomend this to certain people with the warning that only parts of live up to the level set by his
While I know Mr. Jillette often using harsh language his constant use in this book made it a hard read (or listen). The language often substracted from the point.
not too bad
Yes, it inspired me to read Richard Dawkins.
Audible rawks! My taste is beyond eclectic and Audible always has plenty to choose from, no matter what mood I'm in!
He's a pretty smart, funny guy and he wants you to know that. Unfortunately, like many a Rand-loving libertarian, his style leans towards ... well ... yelling. Or at least it felt like I was being yelled at when I listened to this for too long at a stretch.
Listened to in smaller doses, I'm sure this would have been more enjoyable. Still, it is worth a listen, especially if you're already a P&T fan or like fairly raunchy but funny tales of rampant hedonism. Warning: he does display a fairly schmaltzy side when writing about his own genetic pool, so be prepared.
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,