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.
I think i would because he is entertaining.
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.
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.
I didn`t find much in God No interesting. Some of his stories are funny so it can be a light hearted listen.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Penn's ramblings can really only be understood in Penn's voice.
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.
This is a fantastic book and well worth your time.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to open up their eyes to logic and reason about life and religion.
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.
Hearing Penn doing his own book.
Penn Jillette as himself reflecting on his own life.
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.
Pretty funny for anyone who already has a secular worldview, but will probably be pretty offensive to anyone else.
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!!
Woody Allen ~ Mere Anarchy
Maria Ouspenskaya.. the transformation was amazing!!
7 hrs and 23 mins would not be a sitting - it's a planting.
Extremely entertaining anecdotes told by a very smart and hilarious atheist.
Easy read, great pacing, a rare light book with some nuggets of atheist wisdom.
Penn's voice is really pleasant, and he's a very fluid reader, though slightly faster reading pace than most readers.
I laughed out loud numerous times.
Plenty of well-placed vulgarity, not for the easily offended.
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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