Extraordinarily funny and touching moments overwhelmed by all-too-much incivility. I understand it's his schtick and all that--but wish he could have cut out what seemed to me massively gratuitous swearing. I expect more of fellow libertarian atheists. He'd probably say "go **** yourself" which is his right. Nonetheless, it added nothing to the stories except to get the word count up.
Some of this book is about Penn Jillette's atheism, but a lot of it is just rambling rants about Naked Elvis parties, time spent in a gay bath house, criticism of other magicians, more criticisms about magicians, and other stories that barely kept me awake. If it weren't for his frequent loud dropping of the F' bomb, I probably would have fallen asleep many times. I still have 45 minutes left, and I hate to criticize an audio book before it's finished, but I'm finding this book a real struggle to get through.
Even though I don't always agree with them, I usually find books by skeptics to be interesting, thoughtful, and entertaining. God No! is lazy, self righteous, and worst of all boring most of the way through. Cut the length of this book down to about 2 hours and it would probably be a pretty solid 2 hours of entertainment. At 7 hours+ most of it is a good way to fall asleep on an exercise bike.
One needs to take this book in context. If one approaches it as an evening at your local comedy shop, it is funny. Laugh out loud funny like an explosive sneeze. If you expect an intellectual dissertation on atheism, you will be disappointed. If one were to remove the profanity, the book would be two hours shorter. Would you expect anything else from Penn? If you hated Carlin and Bruce, you will hate Jillette also. If not, you will like a good comedy act with underlying social commentary. I enjoyed it immensely and gave it 5 “in context” stars.
The passion and fervor that Penn Jillette puts into the words he writes and hearing that desire for nothing less than truth in his voice.
The various Athiest Baptisms discussed throughout the book.
It can be enjoyed bit by bit. But it is a beautiful masterpiece in one sitting.
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
This book had many funny stories as well as a few heart touching stories about his family. but very little about being an athesist, which is good since ones religion is of no consequence. There was a whole lot of name dropping in this book, almost to the extent of being over zealous. Penn really wants you to know who he knows and hopes that makes him important.
Irreverent morality hilariously.
Any of George Carlin's books. The intelligence and common sense jump off the page. The voluntary morality of both men is refreshing
very expressive and emotional. So funny. So wonderful.
When his sister did not understand how the unibomber's brother could turn him in to the authorities.
Happiness, Godlessness and Joy. What more could one want???
Sure, when I need a laugh. His views on religion vs. atheism are insightful and entertaining.
The comedy of course. I mean, that's what he does for a living right? Listening to how he got to where he is through life stories were very interesting. He made me laugh around every corner.
His story on the gay bathhouse...you just have to listen for that one.
Hearing about the loss of his parents and sister. Had me in tears.
I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
The title of this book caught my attention as I've recently become interested in the work of atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Judging by the title, I thought this would be a work focused on atheism. Judging by the author, I should've known better.
Essentially, this book is a collection of personal anecdotes with themes loosely tied to Penn Jillete's idea of a modified 10 commandments. It's really not about atheism for the most part, but it's entertaining and interesting in its own right. I learned a lot about Penn Jillette, and not much about atheism, but that's okay, because Penn is a super interesting guy.
At first, I was disappointed by this book, but that was mostly because I was expecting something else. After sticking with it a bit, I came to enjoy it for what it was: a bunch of funny, interesting and honest stories from a unique and colorful individual.
God no, please don't make me listen to this anymore.
I finally found an audio book I just couldn't finish. I really did try, but couldn't do it. Maybe I'm to blame, having never heard of Penn Jillette before. I should have done more research first.
I purchased this book thinking it would be an interesting discourse on issues surrounding religion and atheism. Having investigated the works of Richard Dawkins, I was excited when, during the prologue, Mr. Jillette referred to Dawkins work. Unfortunately, this is as deep as this book went in it's discussion of religion and atheism.
So, what is this work? From what I could tell, it was a vehicle to tell outrageous stories about Mr. Jillette's outrageous life experiences. Profanation and uncomfortable situations were used to express atheism. It all started to become clear when the author described how he was a regular on the Howard Stern program. Even then, I kept trying to move through the work.
In the end, I couldn't take anymore of Mr. Jillette describing yet another "amazing" story he was part of. Having this playing in my car was like having an overbearing blowhard join me for my commute.
Save your money and get a book written by someone who can put together a cohesive argument.
Blunt, intelligent, human
Yes, if they can handle the atheism in the first place. Some parts were mildly unsavory but most atheists are male, or so I hear, so the topics may be much funnier to men.