Another reviewer complained about Penn's cursing. Unless you were completely unfamiliar with his style, it should come as no surprise. If you enjoyed his other works, you will enjoy this one as well. Buy with confidence if your ears can handle bad words.
No. No fault of the book, I just never re-read, re-watch, or re-listen to anything other than music.
I enjoyed Penn narriting his own work.
His own attitude.
Penn was black mailed?!? WTF.
over-all an enjoyable listen, I LOLed more than once.
This book isn't for everyone!!! Lots of explicit language & crazy stories. But it is also touching & honest. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud listening to Penn's crazy stories. His thoughts on facing death (without the hope of an afterlife) are surprisingly helpful & reassuring. I'd like to hear Penn put together a thorough talk on his observations & criticisms of religious belief. I bet it would be powerful. In this & his other book on atheism he airs some of his views, but they are mixed in with many semi- & completely unrelated (usually laugh-out-loud funny) stories that only he could tell.
Smart, funny, interesting
Sure, but who has the time!
How can you neat a book written about Penn, by Penn and read in his sexy voice. I loved it!
I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of it was good while other parts not so much.
I liked the sections of the book where Penn talks religion and atheism. Humor is a great means of communication and he uses it to effectively examine the many hypocrisies and fallacies of religious belief. He is not afraid to lay it all out there in his unique irreverent way. Those who are very religious will likely be offended by these passages but then they are unlikely to be reading this in the first place.
I also enjoyed some of the insight into his performances but there should have been more of this with some secrets revealed. I know he can't give away his whole act but a few juicy tidbits of revealed magic would have been nice.
Now the bad. To much rambling steam of consciousness stuff about uninteresting events. Why is it parents who have kids late in life feel the need to wax on and on about them? Nobody cares. It may be fascinating to you but it is boring to everybody else.
Too much about what music Penn is into. Again, interesting to him but nobody else. We want to know more about what makes Penn unique, not his love of Bob Dylan and NRBQ.
He is a little too into his own genitalia. Everybody has those parts. Again, not interesting.
I could have easily fast forwarded half of this book and it would have been a lot better.
I only paid $5 for it. Would not have been worth more.
Sorry Penn. Still like you though.
I love that he is taking a word [atheist] that was meant to be derogative and embracing it.
"come on baby, you can take all of me" [in a sleazy spanish accent]
But what I can't get out of my mind is the standoff between Penn and Hitchens. Hitch was spot on with his assessment of Penn's "religious" views on alcohol.
==HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!== Disney
"Family" or "my heart to heart with Clay Akin"
It's a book filled with digressions that to an extent are not needed to support the thesis of the book and yet are at times entertaining. Penn, and every other libertarian need to stop making the embarrassingly ignorant catchphrase "at gunpoint". They are and he is referencing taxes of course and the ultimate use of force but fail to realize that their proposed alternative system also requires force "at gunpoint".
To warn anyone on the fence, if vulgarity, sexuality, or atheism bothers you, don't listen. When you see something is written and narrated by Penn Jillette, expect a lot of this and more. Personally I found all his stories to be funny, thought-provoking, and sad at times. While some of his ideas I don't agree with and I can find myself on the opposite side of his argument, it does not take away from the fact that much of what he says is well-thought and well-intended. Even the stories that had little to no relevance to the topic of atheism were entertaining and gave some insight into who Penn Jillette is. Sure he goes on rants about Clay Aiken and a few others, but this is part of the personality of his that I find enjoyable and brutally honest.
I thought I would get more logical conversation about the flaws with theism, Christianity specifically. Penn always talks about his knowledge of the bible, I wish he would have put more about rising his kids from the perspective of an non-believer. But he doesn't really talk much about being an atheist and why he chose this path in a sea of theists.
Penn has had an amazing life, well earned by the sweat of his brow.
No, this wasn't really book with a point, more like a fire side chat with Penn about some cool points in his life.
Not a bad listen I just had different expectations.
I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.
The Honesty and the fact that Penn does the reading. He is great to listen too with his rough carny voice and passion for what he believes in.
With Atheist in the title I expected Penn to go on one of his tirades with regards to the illogic of religion, which he does, but not as overtly as expected. He basically tells stories... and relates them to reality and religion. And ne'er the twain shall meet. He is abrasive and vulgar (which is OK with me).
He passion for the stories he is telling in the book.
Yes because Penn is just an amazing and fun story teller. He has fun with the reading.
Just everything in general. His stories are great! Some time it might be a little to much info for some people but if you know Penn it makes since.
This is the first I have listened to. I read God No and I loved it. May have to listen to it.
Every Day is an Atheist Holiday: More bullshit from half of the Duo that brought you bullshit. (even though I truly beleive all the stories)