Very Picky Music Man
I enjoy The interesting way Penn Jillette views the world. His experiences and stories really make listening to him fun and you can see how his upbringing gave him a unique perspective on life. What I like least about this book is that being a fan, I have heard 90% of this already.
The only other book that I can compare to this is God, No! Penn can only be compared to Penn. Wether or not that's a compliment or insult depends on how you feel about the man.
I have listened to both of his audiobooks and his audio essay. Once again, Penn is Penn, which is great in my book.
Not to sound cheesy, but This book inspired me to laugh more, love more and try to appreciate being alive more. I am a generally negative person and these books are inspiring me to be more positive.
Penn Jillette is extremely entertaining as always -- note that this is more a collection of short stories but there really isn't a dud in there. Also since Penn is actually doing the reading it's that much better, in most cases you never want the author to read his own book, but in this case it's a very good thing. Note that this isn't an 8-hour anti-God rant, just short stories that mostly stick to a theme which makes it very easy to follow in audio format.
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.
More a collection of stories than a book about Holidays. If you have already read (or listened to) a book by Penn Jillette and liked it you will most likely also like this book.
If you are new to Penn Jillette check out some of his other work you can access for free. He does a weekly podcast called "Penn's Sunday School". After listening to one episode of that, if you enjoyed it you will most likely enjoy this as well.
The book is read by the author and is enjoyable to listen to.
Any one that likes the Penn and Teller act will love this book. Like the previous one, "God No!" its mostly little stories about Penn's life. This one had more about how Penn and Teller became Penn and Teller.
It's all interesting, and mostly humorous.
For me, Penn Jillette emerges from this performance as a fairly likable and entertaining guy. That being said, I can't, at this point, think of a single reason I would care very much about his opinion on anything. It's not that he's obnoxious, or foul-mouthed (although he is a bit of the former and a lot of the latter) it's just that he's not an authority on anything except his own opinion. Sigh—and I really wanted to enjoy this book.
Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.
Sure, I love logic and the idea of religion as a tautology, but Dawkins doesn't need to curse to prove a point. I full understand that this is Penn's MO, I just feel that I could and would consider his arguments more fully, like those of Hitch's or Sam Harris's, is he learned to speak.
Nope Penn is funny and smart.
He love of the topic, years of experience, and passion.
No, who wants to watch Penn 30 feet tall? Isn't he big enough?
First, although I am familiar with him as a performer.
Kind of a rambling, incohesive group of essays ... So a sequel could only be more of the same.
If you're already a fan, you are used to Penn's squeaky, rushed, loud voice. If you've heard his rants before,this will be familiar, although boring at times. If you're looking for much connected to the TITLE, you'll be disappointed.
I love movies and I am trying to translate that into reading. Humor, action, adventure....With an infant constantly attatched to me, audio books are my saving grace!
Totally. Fu*****. Awesome.
You know how sometimes when an author writes a sequil to a series it just doesnt live up to how maazing the first book was? Well that is NOT the case here! Penn knocked it out of the park again and I was hanging on every word.
Just tell the story without the profanity laced throughout. Most of which didn't even make sense in the context. He was just swearing to swear
I have but it was only a four-minute preview. I had no idea this book was going to be as offensive as it was from the preview I listened to.
All of the references of his public nudity and all of the unnecessary profanity.
I can't imagine anyone, except maybe his wife, who would care to see Penn Jillette in the nude.
The profanity was really over done, it didn't even make sense in most cases, it was just there for shock value.
It would be nice if Penn saw this review, got in touch with me and offered me a refund.