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)
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.
I loved the way he mixed his wonderfully unique world view with these great personal stories from his long career.
His deep respect for Teller & unending love of his family.
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.
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.