Matter of fact, hilarious stories told only like Penn Jillette can. Listening to him in this book makes me want to hop on a plane to Vegas and see his show and meet him after.
75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.
I do like Penn's theology, and he's pretty amusing, but he is so strident that I got tired of listening and did not finish the book.
Be Bold and Mighty Forces will come to your aid!
Right at the top
His irreverent reverence of the absolute beauty of life
First of all no one else could have read this book and do it the absolute justice the author, AKA Penn, did
He really gets it and if you don't, well you don't. It's hard to review without getting too sappy but I was impressed at how
This isn't a handbook on atheism. It's Penn telling stories and running his mouth about his wack-job beliefs. So basically, it's Penn at his best. If you're expecting a thoughtful argument on the non-existence of the supernatural you'll get some of that but that's not really what this book is about (or at least not all of it.) It's a fun listen and yes, I even cried a little (during his story about Sister.) I enjoy Penn and all of his nut-ball ideas, even the ones I disagree with. But keep in mind while reading this review that this is coming from a guy who hates hippies, hates yuppies and loves punk-rock. The ideas in this book are VERY punk-rock. Anti-extablishment, anti-liberal, anti-conservative, anti-sociatal norms. "punks not dead" -The Exploited.
It's hard to say if this book would convince someone to become an atheist or more religious. (In my case, Penn's preaching to the choir, so to speak.) I didn't agree with all of his opinions, and some chapters were better than others, but I gave the book five stars because it made me laugh and cry, and it doesn't get more real than this.
I hope to release my 1st book (about 3 friends who start asking questions and end up saving the world) on Audible before the end of 2014! :P
This book would have been 100 times better if Penn would have stopped being such a wussy and admit that he is an agnostic and not an atheist. Of course it is easier to market a book with the word atheist than it is to market a book with the word agnostic, but that is the books weakest element. An agnostic doubts a god or a Satan. An atheist says there is no god or Satan. In his extremely weak excuses as to why he claims atheist and not agnostic you can't help but think of poor Schrödinger's cat. This is nothing more than a perfect explanation of what an agnostic is. Despite this glaring hole (I would say mistake but I am pretty sure Penn is smart enough to know better), this was a very enjoyable listen. Just while listening replace the word atheist with the word agnostic and it will make way more sense.
Penn Jillette is a devout atheist. He's a bit obnoxious, very pragmatic, extremely open and sometimes quite explicit. So if you're a prude - just don't buy the book!
I really enjoyed this book. Penn Jillette's narration really made it a wonderful listening experience. He tells a lot of funny stories and opens up about his own version of morality and God (or lack thereof). I find his honesty to be very refeshing. You can tell that underneath his bravado - he is a kind and caring family man. This was a fun listen.
Not all of his stories are crazy. He opens up about loved ones and tells some very sweet and sensitive personal stories too.
I'm not sure that he'll create many new atheists with this book. But if you are looking for a laugh and a little insight into the speaking half of P&T - buy the book.
This isn't really a book about Atheism, or 'signs that you might already be an Atheist' (that could have been interesting). Instead, it's the story of a rather annoying man, who just happens to be an Atheist.
In fact, it's really just Penn Jillete's autobiography, loosely tied together with an Atheists' version of the 10 commandments. I say loosely, though the 'commandments' don't actually link in any meaningful way to the chapters that follow them, and are a bit pointlessly obvious.
If you like Penn Jillette, and want to listen to him talk about himself (at length), then you may very well enjoy this book. I don't think he's a very likable person, and I'm even more sure of that fact after listening to this audiobook. I didn't enjoy it.
This was my first book I download with my new "Audible.com" account. I watch Penn on Youtube all the time, and I figured I could do the right thing and buy his book finally. I was SOOOOO excited that it was done in Penn's voice. That made this such a great experiance. I greatly enjoyed this book. It actually isn't all about religion, but it is filled with fantastic stories from Penn's life, told from his perspective religously, politically, morally, ect... Being in his voice was a sure plus.. I am forever a fan and an atheist for life. In fact, I just told my wife our next trip is going to be at the Rio to see his show. I can't wait! Thanks Penn!