Fun and very funny book. If you are religious and easily offended stay clear. But judging bye the fact your reading reviews I highly doubt that is the case. I mix of funny stories and interesting insight. I would definitely recommend this book.
Although I like Penn as an entertainer, I as skeptical about getting one of his books. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is a "have a seat by the campfire, grab a beer, I got some stories to tell you. You won't believe what happened..." Type of book. Worth it and worth it a second time.
'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'
In this book he uses the various seasonal holidays to tell tales about his life and connect them to whichever holiday he now does not celebrate. There's Christmas, of course, but also Columbus Day, and Martin Luther King's birthday. I have to admit, traveling through Penn's profane views, he still makes a great case for atheism, but he does it with humor and insight. It's a fun book and well worth reading, even if you are not an atheist!
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 probably will at some point. For two reasons 1. Penn has a way with explaining things that makes you ponder his points and I want to go back and revisit that after taking time to ponder. 2. Its a great funny moving book.
This is really the first book like this I have experienced.
Penn does a pretty good Ron Jeremy.
I did laugh and was close to tearing up at a few of the stories.
Penn Jillette is an extremely intelligent person, even though he likes to claim otherwise, He is witty, crude and funny in ways you would not imagine. If you have experienced any other material by him you know this, but if you do not know him then you need to expect that this is going to be a very uncensored book with things in it that may offend you so go listen to one of his pod casts from his sunday school radio show before you decide you should buy this.
Penn Jillette's other book is better. Hands down. But in God No, he was writing with a more distinct purpose in mind weaving every rambling story back around to his overall argument. And he's great at that. There's no doubting that EDiaAH is a lighter Penn than what he ran with in God No. He's more vulnerable and personal and actually listening to his raspy damaged voice talk about his children and his parents never being in the same room. This is why audio books work. In print, these chapters would fall and possibly not be as vital. But as Penn reads, it hits him. There's a treble in his voice. A slight rumble and he slurs his words slightly(you salivate more when emotionally effected so hey here's some science). These moments are why I listen to audiobooks.
Yes, Penn knows what he wants emphasis on, and simply reading it won't get things across the way he does.
How personal he is about everything. Penn has a style of talking, shooting straight, and putting things together about his thoughts. He makes sure to phrase things in specific ways, and breaks them down so that you get why he won't say a certain phrase like everyone else does.
Expect cursing, If you're a fan of Penn you should have an idea of what you are going to be getting into with this.
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I listened to this book several times. I am a fan of Penn Jillette and listen to his podcast every week. I am so glad I chose this as my first audible book. I've listened to it several times already and never tire of it. Penn has a great delivery - he believes in what he says and he clearly enjoys talking and sharing his crazy stories with others. His personality and values come through clearly. I was especially affected by the relationship he shared with his mother. It was one of unconditional love. He aspires to this with his own children. It's funny to say, but after reading this book, I think it's made me a better person and mom to my kids. If you are a fan of Penn Jillette and love crazy stories, give this one a listen. It will not disappoint.