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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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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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    Sara Reading, MA, United States 09-12-11
    Sara Reading, MA, United States 09-12-11
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    I saw an ad for the print version of this book and came straight to Audible-- I was thrilled to find it unabridged and performed by Penn Jillette. I love the show BS and I enjoy Jillette's comedy and showmanship as much as his free-thinking skepticism. If you're learning about atheism, go to Dawkins or Hitchens for the great modern atheist manifestos. But for a hilarious read about a great atheist, and a book that defends atheism without repeating any of the traditional academic arguments more seasoned atheists and readers are already familiar with, listen to "God, No!" The anecdotes and essays are mostly auto-biographical, and I really laughed out loud, as well as giggled and snorted out loud, through most of the book. Jillette mentions that he rambles in the book, and he does. Every rambling word is utterly fascinating, and I couldn't put it down-- I listened to the entire book yesterday.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david brentwood, TN, United States 09-11-11
    david brentwood, TN, United States 09-11-11 Member Since 2010

    my thoughts

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    "Misleading Title"

    I've always been a big fan of Penn and Teller. Unfortunately Penn's book is just a rambling mess that has almost nothing to do with being athiest. He thinks way to much of his own opinion. Penn I get it, you're a rich, libertarian, athiest. Now do a magic trick!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brent L Dionne 08-28-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Language 'fatigued'!! My Sensibilities are hurting"

    I have heard penn speaking on certain issues, in publics forums over the years. This man has an opinion that I find evocative to the thinking of a modern day person!
    But the language he used to tell this story was too gratuitous to make sense or garner any enjoyment from the content! Expletives, in this content destroy the message, do not permit reflective thought and reduce his credibility! He may argue artistic expression or that I am a prude.....well, wharever ! This reader says that he has an interesting viewpoint on an interesting subject.....that gets lost in the 'less than intellectual' use of this meaningless and shocking prose.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kyle Sussex, WI, United States 08-29-11
    kyle Sussex, WI, United States 08-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    I liked the book but it seems to lose focused in parts. dose not seem live up to the later half of the title.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Fairhope, AL, United States 06-20-12
    Dawn Fairhope, AL, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its entertaining and thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor and sometimes the logic.


    Have you listened to any of Penn Jillette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only stage performances and Celebrity Apprentice. Apples and oranges.


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

    I had a strong reaction to his tone. It almost made me think that he protests too much.
    However, I do believe he just "Doesn't know." Who does? I can only draw the conclusion that the ills of organized religion, far out weigh the comfort that individuals can derive from their beliefs. "I don't know" is not a belief, atheism is a doctrine, its a certainty that there is no God, no higher power, nothing beyond the physical universe. That takes a lot of faith.


    Any additional comments?

    Love you Penn.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Maloy Fairhope, AL 06-20-12
    Dawn Maloy Fairhope, AL 06-20-12 Member Since 2007

    6 kitties

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    "Angery Man"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its entertaining and thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor and sometimes the logic.


    Have you listened to any of Penn Jillette???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only stage performances and Celebrity Apprentice. Apples and oranges.


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

    I had a strong reaction to his tone. It almost made me think that he protests too much.
    However, I do believe he just "Doesn't know." Who does? I can only draw the conclusion that the ills of organized religion, far out weigh the comfort that individuals can derive from their beliefs. "I don't know" is not a belief, atheism is a doctrine, its a certainty that there is no God, no higher power, nothing beyond the physical universe. That takes a lot of faith.


    Any additional comments?

    Love you Penn.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Looman 01-07-12 Listener Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from Penn Jillette and/or Penn Jillette?

    No


    What could Penn Jillette have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't write it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Penn Jillette?

    Some black rapper!


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Penn Jillette on TV shows I have seen but now I will never watch him or go to Las Vegas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DiademGojira Charlotte, NC, United States 09-06-11
    DiademGojira Charlotte, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2007

    Gojira King of the Monsters

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    "Penn should have asked Teller to Cowrite"

    Penn Jillette gives us his insightful ideas and philosophies on Atheism and Libertarianism at various parts of the book. When he's not doing that he's rambling about bizarre sex stories and other semi entertaining things that involve Siegfried & Roy, other B list celebrities, family, and friends. This is not really a book on Atheism so much as it is a mini autobiography.

    The hypothetical bomb scenario in chapter 17 almost turned my stomach. The most morally misguided part of the book came from Sister. Trust me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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