Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet". Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking listen.
"Tall, Fat and Funny Tales"
Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.
"Yes, he curses"
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.
"More memoir than theology"
A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong. This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism; it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often will." So writes Jonathan Rauch in Kindly Inquisitors, which has challenged listeners for more than 20 years with its bracing and provocative exploration of the issues surrounding attempts to limit free speech.
"One of My Top 3 Books - Ever"
If you have to leave home, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel helps you navigate the perils of travel. Learn what to do when you are trapped in the trunk of a car, caught in the middle of a sandstorm, or are on a runaway train. Step-by-step instructions show you how to survive these and dozens of other adventures. Plus an appendix of essential travel strategies, useful phrases, and gestures to use - and avoid - will also ensure your safe return.
"I came to listen to Penn"
Penn Jillette, of the world's most famous magic duo, Penn & Teller, reads this original audio guide to the art of schmoozing. Once you learn that schmoozing is the authentic practice of treating others well, you'll be on your way to schmoozing your boss, co-workers and clients, as well as your love interests. Soon your first impression will be a positive, lasting one, leading to happier, healthier relationships in all facets of your life.
"Some great advice mixed with mediocre suggestions"
In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteries--and debunks the hype--surrounding bandwidth, multimedia, virtual reality, and the Internet, and explains why such touted innovations as the fax and the CD-ROM are likely to go the way of the BetaMax.
"Interesting topic but repeated too many times"