Absolutely! I've listened to it twice already and will continue to listen to it over and over again. Penn could read the phone book and I would be interested.
The stories. The way Penn tells about his life, be it good or bad, is really compelling.
HIS voice. I love listening to a book read by the author. They know what to punctuate and what to leave alone. It's the best experience if you can find it.
Yes. This is definitely a book you will want to read and reread. If only for his perspective on death. I was brought to tears with the relief of understanding death in that way. Penn has a way of speaking about things that has such clarity and realness. As an atheist I appreciate getting to hear another atheist's thoughts and feelings and life experiences. He really fills a gap in the atheist community by opening up as a "normal" person (Okay. I know he's far from average, being famous and rich but he doesn't come across that way and it hasn't gone to his head). I find myself thinking on the stories that he shared in this and his previous book frequently and I'm sure I'll be reading both over and over. I highly recommend his books and his podcast!
Penn, of course!
I would love to have the paper copy to see the pictures but I loved hearing his description of them. It added another personal dimension to the story.
Not really what I was expecting. I started this book thinking I would be hearing a lot of good insights from the author and beliefs from the author. Some of his stories were funny none really made me laugh out loud. Once or twice he was able to actually make me think and I cannot even remember why. All in all this was a good book to pass time, but nothing I would like to hear again.
This is another great bunch of musings by penn jillete about life, religion and events that shaped him as a person. the stories within are of a much more personal nature than his previous book god no, and while i think i enjoyed god no a little better this is definitly a great read by any definition and listening to penn read it gives it a whole other level of intimacy. highly recomended
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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.
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.
Penn delivers the reading with commitment but, the stories are disjointed and rambling. I am left wondering what is the point of any and all of them (1-2 exceptions) and how did they all come to be in one book?
He has a lot of enthusiasm for the stories which comes across but, not enough to make the overall book enjoyable.
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.