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God, No! Audiobook

God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Frank La Mesa, CA, United States 09-30-12
    Frank La Mesa, CA, United States 09-30-12
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    "I'm now an Atheist"
    Would you listen to God, No! again? Why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God, No!?

    Love the way Penn brings to book to life telling his own stories.


    What about Penn Jillette’s performance did you like?

    Penn captivates with his style of writing and the stories he brings.


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

    Loved the book!


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    Mark Jamaica Plain, MA, USA 09-16-12
    Mark Jamaica Plain, MA, USA 09-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    Typical Penn, which is generally good, with a bit of lost focus here and there. I got the feeling he occasionally forgot what the book was supposed to be about. But at his best, Penn is funny, smart, and heart-on-sleeve honest. I'm never sorry when I spend time on something Penn has produced.

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    Jeff Harris 09-04-12
    Jeff Harris 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of God, No!?

    I think hearing about some more intimate parts of Penn's life, like his relationship with his family was memorable for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While I really enjoyed the book, it is not full of suspense and it did not create a desire to put everything else aside to listen to it. I think I listened to it within a few days but I did not need to listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're expecting this to be a structured approach to arguing for atheism, look elsewhere. This book was meant to show Penn's viewpoint and have some fun, sad, and interesting stories to back up how he feels.

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    Anita LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-13-12
    Anita LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-13-12
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    "Simply Awesome!"
    Where does God, No! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Penn Jillette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Penn is at his best


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    Kelli 08-09-12
    Kelli 08-09-12
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    What did you love best about God, No!?

    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 did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was that it is well read and I hope Penn narrates other books soon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene has got to be the bath house scene. I bookmarked it and replayed it a couple times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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


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    travis 07-30-12
    travis 07-30-12
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    "Penn LOVES to talk about hiself"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Dale R. Wells Canada 07-13-12
    Dale R. Wells Canada 07-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!"
    Where does God, No! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.<br/><br/>Regards,<br/>DW


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does Penn Jillette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mother's Death


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. Very entertaining. Time well spent!

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    Amazon Customer 07-09-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Libertarians will love it"
    If you could sum up God, No! in three words, what would they be?

    True, funny, honest


    Would you recommend God, No! to your friends? Why or why not?

    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


    What about Penn Jillette’s performance did you like?

    he is a comedian... FCKN AWESOME


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

    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)


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    Heather UNION GROVE, AL, United States 07-03-12
    Heather UNION GROVE, AL, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Damn close to being "An Atheist Guide to Life""
    If you could sum up God, No! in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Heartfelt, and Truthful


    What did you like best about this story?

    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. <br/> 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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!


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

    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.


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    Christina Herndon, VA, United States 06-28-12
    Christina Herndon, VA, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to God, No! again? Why?

    This book is chock full of Penn's funny anecdotes and experiences. And a laugh RIOT!<br/>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


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Penn Jillette – was your favorite?

    I liked when he was describing the actions/words of "Schmooozle-schnoo"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Penn was talking about Sigfried and Roy and his deep and abiding respect he has for them group.


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