The title of Penn Jillette's is misleading in that one expects a humorous polemic on the adsurdity of religious belief, but instead we wind up with an autobiographical rant, at times somewhat angry, that covers a lot of territory including `political beliefs, and his views of others in the entertainment industry. He narrates the audio book himself in his stentorian high-volume style.
I like penn and many of his shows and documentaries, but I would not recommend this to someone I was trying to make any point with regarding religious fallacy. In that context, the language and sexual content are vulgar, and, if anything, would make the believer substantiate his own belief even more.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
This is the book the freed me from religion I will always be grateful. Thank you Penn. I laughed and cried harder than I would have thought possible.
I couldn't put it down. This audiobook really gives you insight into the world of Penn. He reads it to you with such feeling it just draws you into his crazy life. Well done!
I'm not sure whether to classify this more as a memoir or a comedy. I thought it would be funnier, but it was still pretty good. People may enjoy it who are already fans of his; although I had heard of Penn & Teller, I hadn't ever seen their shows. There were some funny parts, but not as much as I had hoped. I loved his chapter on the bath house in San Francisco; I was practically rolling on the floor at his description of that. I found his ideas on atheism interesting in parts, and I liked his logic for being a Libertarian.
If you are easily offended by curse words or sexual terms, this book would definitely not be for you; there is quite a bit of both in this book.
I also enjoyed the narration, which is not always the case with authors who do their own narrating. In this case, his style of speaking matched the tone of the book, which added to the listening experience.