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.
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.
How will I ever forget about the
Penn performing as the soft-hearted Penn when talking about his parents and sister was touching - because it wasn't a performance at all.
Imagining Penn's you-tube exhortation to the faithful to really live their faith being shown in fundamentalist churches. Priceless.
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.
I would have listened to this in one sitting, but some of Penn's stories about people,
Great journey into the mind of an atheist.
I loved the stories from Penn's own history. The stories of the death of his mother, and sister moved me to tears.
More about Penn Jillette than the subtitle
Yes. But this is more in-depth.
Great performance. Penn Jillette is a raunchy, loud mouth and somehow lovable.
It felt like Penn was telling his stories to you, not just a random audience.
The hair dryer story.
It was not funny - boring - his voice was grating -
material was not funny for anyone to read
If you aren't sure what you believe, Penn does a great job of summing it up and making you think about how you define yourself.
Summed up how I feel perfectly and in an entertaining manner. I like it when a book stimulates your interest while maintaining a sense of humor. Religion and religious people take themselves too seriously.
I like it when author's read their own books, especially when it is autobiographical in nature. It helps when the author is also an entertainer who knows how to express their views.
Yes, but I enjoy stretching them out over a week of commuting.
The narration by Penn Jillette is just totally amazing. The book itself is excellent but with Penn's enthusiastic narration just make it totally amazing!
This is really a great book I loved it. If your a fan of penn and teller you'll love this book. This book is hilarious although very crude. He is a very smart man and i agree with him on a lot of topics but the one issue I had with this book is that only about 1/3 of the book actually talked about
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