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Steve

Highland, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1556)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Thoroughly offensive - I loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about God, No!?

    This is vintage Penn. If you love their Showtime series, you will love this book. The story about the ultra-orthodox leaving their faith and one of them enjoying his first non-kosher meal with the P&T posse is one of many that brought a smile to my face.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God, No!?

    How will I ever forget about the


    Which character ??? as performed by Penn Jillette ??? was your favorite?

    Penn performing as the soft-hearted Penn when talking about his parents and sister was touching - because it wasn't a performance at all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Imagining Penn's you-tube exhortation to the faithful to really live their faith being shown in fundamentalist churches. Priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot more to this book than Penn making the case against God. He has strong opinions on many other topics. And a lot of great stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost on Planet China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    Dan says: "Funny but harsh with some underlying truth."
    "Mostly enjoyable and informative"
    Overall

    I learned much from the author's adventures. Many smiles. The narrator is great. There's a lot of W. Bush hating, which will quickly date the book. I've already pretty much forgotten him myself. And how many times do we need to be told that the air is horrible and the Chinese spit all over everything?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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