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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.
The major theme of the book... that you don't need God to be kind, loyal, moral and happy... and that you are probably better off... is a potent one and nobody can bring it home like Penn. My favorite passage in the book is the last one.. about his son and his highly developed sense of integrity and self-awareness at barely toddler age. Children without religion (IMHO) get the healthiest and most inspiring lessons.
A great performance and a very easy listen if the language doesn't offend you. But he does go off the deep end sometimes. In one place he seems to think that Dr. Martin Luther King was accepting of atheists. Then later he says his friends say President Obama is an atheist but he is keeping it a secret. From there he blames Obama for being a silent atheist. He should be blaming his friends for making stuff up.
But Jillette is best at being polemical, not political. Liberalism, not libertarianism. Skeptical, not cynical. Well, that might all seem like cheap shots. But, hey, I like Penn and I liked this book. It's not quite as good as "God, No!" but then sequels almost never are.
I read with my ears...
It's pretty much like listening to Penn's Sunday School podcast. If you are a fan of Penn or Penn&Teller you are going to enjoy this book. Oh, and it will help if you are a hardcore atheist and skeptic.
sent i have trouble reading due to dyslexia i real enjoy listen to books when it read by the persom who wrote it and i cant imgation anyone lease doing a better job
In terms of content, this is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. In terms of quality of narration, its is far and away the best. Some autobiographies can be narrated by anyone, but this one was so much better because Penn was reading his own work.
I liked this book so much that about half way into it, I purchased Penn's other book to listen to next.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Even if you aren't an atheist, this book gives a nice perspective on the human condition through the eyes of a non-religious person.
I hate the word perfect, but it really does fit. The best i could do to be critical would be to complain that the audio book doesn't have the pictures that he describes.
Really great book from Penn Jillette and his reading of it is just phenomenal! If you're a fan of Penn from his Sunday School Podcast or anything else he does this book is more of his greatness!