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
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.
AB and the bacon cheeseburger because of the intense emotions....yes intense emotions about a cheeseburger. Buy his book an you will find out why.
Penn is at his best
I loved that Penn was reading it. I was going to purchase the book until I found out that it was also an audiobook narrated by Penn himself! I was so excited I bought it the same day.
What I liked best was that it is well read and I hope Penn narrates other books soon.
My favorite scene has got to be the bath house scene. I bookmarked it and replayed it a couple times.
Yes. I tried to listen to it in one sitting but it was like three in the morning when I was about a third in. XD
This was an amusing book, but not what I expected. Penn just tells a bunch of stories about himself and occasionally relates them to being an atheist. If you want to save some money you can just download his podcast and get basicly the same thing but with monkey stories to boot.
Great Book! Unlike this review request??? Why would you insist that I must use a minimum of 15 words or 25 characters? Maybe my time is more valuable than yours, but I prefer short answers that get the point across. I have other things to do today. Now that I have taken the time to write this little rant I have now wasted more time than if I had just obeyed your command to use 15 words or 25 characters, but hey, you wouldn't have known then how I really feel. Now that I know how your review system works, I will not be reviewing any more books that I have listened to. So, understanding that ... I do believe I have saved time over the long haul.
Very good book. Very entertaining. Time well spent!
True, funny, honest
definitely, I love how he is so politically incorrect and does not give a f...ck about offending people by saying how he thinks and why
he is a comedian... FCKN AWESOME
I laughed basically from start to end... although there was one or two times that left me with a "knot in my throat" ( spanish way to say when you are repressing the urge to cry)
Amazing, Heartfelt, and Truthful
I loved that this book was just so entertaining. Just like Penn himself (or from his shows, I never met the guy) this book is very entertaining and a great read. Mr. Jillette tells every story with so much detail, you can shut your eyes and just imagine you're there in whatever crowd he's describing.
As for the Atheism parts: they are wonderful. As an Atheist myself, these parts had me nodding my head in agreement and thinking about what I would do in similar situations.
It's hard to tell what my favorite part of the book was. It was all so amazing! If you twisted my arm and had me choose, it would either be the section about "Tricks", or the "Hairdryer" part. There's also the "Scuba Sex" section that is just plain cool!
I laughed out loud so many times at this book! Of course, I did have some, cringing moments, but that just comes with some of the material. And, as well, there were some parts that made me cry.
This book is chock full of Penn's funny anecdotes and experiences. And a laugh RIOT!
It's not a everyman kind of "why you should or should not believe" kind of book. It's about Penn and his why you should and should not believe. And each time you listen to it, you focus on different aspects of his stories. In one, you're side splitting at the stories and images. In another listen, you hear how he feels about what he's experienced. His personal honesty is raw and brutal. I enjoy that in a book
I liked the kind of stream of consciousness that the book has. Some folks find it strange to listen to, but I personally like that. It feels less like a book and more like Penn giving a spoken word performance.
I liked when he was describing the actions/words of "Schmooozle-schnoo"
When Penn was talking about Sigfried and Roy and his deep and abiding respect he has for them group.
This is the first audio book that I have listened to.
This was certainly a fun book with lots of funny stories from Penn's life. More than anything, I appreciated his point of view on several matters that I had maybe not though about in that way. I would look at this as light philosophy with lots of humor.
Hilarious, honest, joyous
The New New Rules (Bill Maher), When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (George Carlin)
Jillette is a natural monologuist and champion rant-meister. It's the difference between just reading a stand-up set by Carlin (funny) and actually hearing it (gut-bustingly funny). It's all in the delivery.
Quite a few, actually. His tribute to Seigfried and Roy manages to be fall-down funny and really moving at the same time. Ditto the story of Schmoozleshnoo, King of the Ex-Jews. But the book is full of great moments.
I guess it should go without saying that anyone who takes religion seriously in any capacity will have no trouble finding offense, but there you are. Likewise anyone who has a problem with raw language and can't separate style from substance. You know who you are. For everyone else, this is seriously seriously funny (and true). One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.
If anything, this book kind of hurt his cause for Atheism to me. But it's still a great read and he's a fascinating person.
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