Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.
Whether he's contemplating the possibility of life after death, deconstructing popular Christmas carols, or just calling bullsh*t on Donald Trump's apprentice training, Jillette does not fail to shock and delight his fans. And as ever, underneath these rollicking rants lie a deeply personal philosophy and a generous spirit, which find joy and meaning in family, and peace in the simple beauty of the everyday.
Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! is a hysterical affirmation of life's magic from one of the most distinctly perceptive and provocative humorists writing today.
©2012 Penn Jillette (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Another reviewer complained about Penn's cursing. Unless you were completely unfamiliar with his style, it should come as no surprise. If you enjoyed his other works, you will enjoy this one as well. Buy with confidence if your ears can handle bad words.
No. No fault of the book, I just never re-read, re-watch, or re-listen to anything other than music.
I enjoyed Penn narriting his own work.
His own attitude.
Penn was black mailed?!? WTF.
over-all an enjoyable listen, I LOLed more than once.
To warn anyone on the fence, if vulgarity, sexuality, or atheism bothers you, don't listen. When you see something is written and narrated by Penn Jillette, expect a lot of this and more. Personally I found all his stories to be funny, thought-provoking, and sad at times. While some of his ideas I don't agree with and I can find myself on the opposite side of his argument, it does not take away from the fact that much of what he says is well-thought and well-intended. Even the stories that had little to no relevance to the topic of atheism were entertaining and gave some insight into who Penn Jillette is. Sure he goes on rants about Clay Aiken and a few others, but this is part of the personality of his that I find enjoyable and brutally honest.
I hesitated to buy this book, fearing it would be a screed on atheism. It's not. It's thoughtful, provocative, funny, engaging and searingly honest.
For someone who makes his living "deceiving" people, Penn is astonishingly candid about himself and his life. I first got to know him watching The Celebrity Apprentice, where he appeared to me to be the quintessential nice guy. This book goes a long way to explainging why. Jillete is the poster boy for integrity. Love him or hate him, you have to admire that he lives his life with true purpose, real joy and brutal self examination.
I'm not a hippie. I disagree with some of his views and God knows I couldn't - wouldn't - live my life as he lives his, but I celebrate that this world has room for both of us. I celebrate that someone can create such magic and joy and not be caught up in the celebrity bullshit that so many in entertainment do.
I wish I knew Penn - I find him fascinating. He's one of the rare ones who could discuss differing beliefs without resorting to name calling and dismissive rhetoric. He is a rare bird in this world - a truly authentic human being.
This book isn't for everyone!!! Lots of explicit language & crazy stories. But it is also touching & honest. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud listening to Penn's crazy stories. His thoughts on facing death (without the hope of an afterlife) are surprisingly helpful & reassuring. I'd like to hear Penn put together a thorough talk on his observations & criticisms of religious belief. I bet it would be powerful. In this & his other book on atheism he airs some of his views, but they are mixed in with many semi- & completely unrelated (usually laugh-out-loud funny) stories that only he could tell.
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.
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.
Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.
Yes, both my atheist friends & my religious friends, because it is way funny & brutally honest.
The mixture of humor & truth, just like the first book, "God, No!"
Yes. I listened to "God,No!" Both audiobooks are five stars across the board.
The Real Truth, Whether You Like It Or Not
Again, not for the faint of heart.
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.
Smart, funny, interesting
Sure, but who has the time!
How can you neat a book written about Penn, by Penn and read in his sexy voice. I loved it!
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