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God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales | [Penn Jillette]

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

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Whether you love him or hate him, Penn Jillette's latest polarizing projects are always of interest to many. In this reliably wise-cracking collection of essays, the ex-carny turned millionaire magician continues his life-long ambition to keep calling it like he sees it, and he sees no god. There are several tidbits of straightforward philosophizing and even proselytizing on atheism as the choice of reasonably doubting people, but Jillette's giant personality frequently looms larger than rational argument, heading unpredictably but continuously into the territory he knows best, which is show biz. Ultimately, the book is a compendium of anecdotes tied together by the ideas of faith, trust, and belief, concepts that Jillette better understands through work and family than he does through any religion.

Nobody else could narrate this book, as Jillette's radio-ready and television-tried nasal rasp is too well known and too much fun. He is in fine form here with some of his best rants, and listeners will immediately judge him as honest, however else they judge him. Jillette earnestly recounts the deaths of his father and sister, pirouetting seamlessly between such sad stories and the more ridiculous moments of his life in Las Vegas. These include deflowering an ex-Kosher Jew with a double bacon cheeseburger, accidentally burning his genitalia on a hair dryer at an ex-girlfriend's in the middle of the night, and tossing his cookies while in zero gravity with Billy Gibbons. True to form, fast-talking Jillette doesn't leave much room for listeners to connect the dots between these tales and godlessness, but that's actually part of what makes them so magical.

Though this book is unlikely to convert to atheism anyone who isn't halfway there already, Penn Jillette's charisma certainly shines through. Surprisingly sagacious and genuinely inquisitive, this listen is guaranteed to both enlighten and enliven. And if it doesn't accomplish either of those noble goals, at least you'll have more than met your monthly quota for gratuitous curse words. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

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.

In this rollicking yet honest account of a godless existence, Penn takes readers on a roller coaster of exploration and flips conventional religious wisdom on its ear to reveal that doubt, skepticism, and wonder - all signs of a general feeling of disbelief - are to be celebrated and cherished, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way.

From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an ongoing dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Jillette’s self-created Decalogue invites his listeners on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking.

©2011 Penn Jillette (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    keith Flemington, NJ, United States 01-06-12
    keith Flemington, NJ, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from Penn Jillette and/or Penn Jillette?

    I think i would because he is entertaining.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    most interesting was the facts about his views of atheism and the least interesting was Penn going on and on about his ex-girlfriends and relationships.


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    David Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-22-11
    David Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-22-11
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    "Not what I expected."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought God No would be more about an atheist view than a biographical expose of Penn Jillette`s random life exploits. Not being an actual fan of Penn outside his magic act perhaps I am simply the wrong audience for this book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn`t find much in God No interesting. Some of his stories are funny so it can be a light hearted listen.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Penn Jillette?

    I wouldn`t listen to another book narrated or written by Penn Jillette. Too much swearing for my taste (and I am not a prude or against such - except when it just seems to roll off someone`s tongue as if they can`t help but use the F or C word every sentence)Listening to God No I now know enough about Penn Jillette to know I may appreciate his magic - but not his politics or story telling.


    Do you think God, No! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    God No, I hope this isn`t followed up with another book. (pun intended) - What`s to follow up with; more stories about drunken orgies and bad relationships?


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, this book may appeal to people who already know enough about Jillette to know how much he swears, what his stories are likely to be about, and for those more interested in his past than his religious or non-religious beliefs.

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    Frank CANAL WINCHESTER, OH, United States 12-19-11
    Frank CANAL WINCHESTER, OH, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughter, tears, and clarity"
    What made the experience of listening to God, No! the most enjoyable?

    Penn can be very funny, but at the same time he does well to elucidate his arguments. I didn't expect it coming in, but it can be an emotional rollercoaster to get through.


    What does Penn Jillette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Penn's ramblings can really only be understood in Penn's voice.


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

    The stories of the loss of his parents were very moving. You could tell that what he said was true to him. I disagree with him on a few points, but I don't doubt that he absolutely believes it all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book and well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Igor Alpine, NJ, United States 12-19-11
    Igor Alpine, NJ, United States 12-19-11
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    "Great, entertaining, enlightening!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to open up their eyes to logic and reason about life and religion.


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

    Penn Jillette


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-19-11
    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining Book"

    Penn definitely meanders in a lot of different directions that aren't necessarily related to atheism. However, I'd put a high entertainment rating on the entire book. It's both sensible and hilarious.

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    Janey Willows, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Janey Willows, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011

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    "God, No!"
    What made the experience of listening to God, No! the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Penn doing his own book.


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

    Penn Jillette as himself reflecting on his own life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I, being an atheist (although I don't call myself one because I see atheism as its own religion), thought Penn did an excellent job, even overselling. I didn't think he had to be as strong as he was in presentation to get his points across.

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    Crystal North Little Rock, AR, United States 12-14-11
    Crystal North Little Rock, AR, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Really funny!"
    What did you love best about God, No!?

    Pretty funny for anyone who already has a secular worldview, but will probably be pretty offensive to anyone else.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Diane Du Bois, PA, United States 12-12-11
    Diane Du Bois, PA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Funny & Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to God, No! the most enjoyable?

    This audiobook is one of the funniest and clever I've listened to in quite some time. I think the question of atheism is only a sidebar here. The real quaility here is just great stories with a wit and humor. Penn Jillette is the magician's version of Hunter S. Thompson without the drugs and booze. Never a dull moment. Great listen!!


    What other book might you compare God, No! to and why?

    Woody Allen ~ Mere Anarchy


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

    Maria Ouspenskaya.. the transformation was amazing!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    7 hrs and 23 mins would not be a sitting - it's a planting.


    Any additional comments?

    Write another

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer INDEPENDENCE, WV, United States 12-11-11
    Amazon Customer INDEPENDENCE, WV, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Delightful, more memoire than philosophy"
    What did you love best about God, No!?

    Extremely entertaining anecdotes told by a very smart and hilarious atheist.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy read, great pacing, a rare light book with some nuggets of atheist wisdom.


    What about Penn Jillette’s performance did you like?

    Penn's voice is really pleasant, and he's a very fluid reader, though slightly faster reading pace than most readers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud numerous times.


    Any additional comments?

    Plenty of well-placed vulgarity, not for the easily offended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 12-05-11
    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoyed this so much will listen again immediately"

    Matter of fact, hilarious stories told only like Penn Jillette can. Listening to him in this book makes me want to hop on a plane to Vegas and see his show and meet him after.

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