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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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    Dana De Long 05-21-12 Member Since 2016
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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?

    Make it less about him and how "different" he is and more about his philosophical views, what shaped them and how it affects him today.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Penn Jillette’s performances?

    No, his voice is not the greatest to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, there were some parts in which I laughed or nodded my head.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that the title was a misrepresentation of the contents of the book.

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    john russell webster seabrook, tx 05-19-12
    john russell webster seabrook, tx 05-19-12
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    "This guy is entertaining!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God, No! to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. However, I don't see how the print edition could be better since Penn is the author and the narrator, he didn't allude to charts or pictures thou I would have liked some I'm sure... especially from his deep-water dives!


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

    His journey into an early 80's San Francisco bath house...lmao


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

    Penn


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

    LAUGH


    Any additional comments?

    If willing to drink a beer with a guy was the only prerequisite for the presidency he's my candidate, only he doesn't drink so there goes that idea.

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    Michael Two Harbors, MN, United States 05-11-12
    Michael Two Harbors, MN, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've been a Penn Jillette fan for many years. I watch his Showtime show, read his columns in computer magazines over the years and have owned his movie Penn and Teller Get Killed on VHS. This book however should never have been published. The basic premise of the book is based on broken logic and the other "magical tales" are really stories about how feels bad for making fun of Siegfried and Roy by making fun of them all over again and how he donned a giggly, grab-ass homosexual stereotype to enter a gay club and couldn't figure out why "they" never approached him. To make matters worse, Penn decided to spice up practically every sentence with at least one F word. In all seriousness, if you were to remove every curse word from this audio book it would only be about 20 minutes long.


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    Anthony MERIDIAN, IDAHO, United States 05-07-12
    Anthony MERIDIAN, IDAHO, United States 05-07-12
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    If you could sum up God, No! in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, funny, and emotional.


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

    When Penn was telling the story of before during and after his mom died I couldn't help but cry with sadness and happiness at the same time.


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

    Hearing Penn tell stories that are close to his heart is as if he were sitting across from you at a table telling you things as if you were his closest friend. It is truly fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    With Penn narrating his own stories brought me such joy in laughter and joy in tears as soon as it was over I listened to it again. I couldn't recommend it more to anybody, not just to an atheist.

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    Josh Alma, Ontario, Canada 05-01-12
    Josh Alma, Ontario, Canada 05-01-12
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    "Great listen"
    If you could sum up God, No! in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Intelligent, Enjoyable


    What other book might you compare God, No! to and why?

    N/A


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

    Anyone that has heard Penn before knows hes a great narrator. He tells stories very well and ones that are very interesting. Since these are actually his stories he makes it even more interesting to listen too. He brings great enthusiasm when reading.


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

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly the god parts to me were pretty slim, he mentioned them abit but I really enjoyed the book during the "and Other Magical Tales" parts. They really made me laugh and made my morning commute a breeze. When talking about atheism I really wish I heard more magical tales.

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    Collin Redwood Falls, MN, United States 05-01-12
    Collin Redwood Falls, MN, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to God, No! the most enjoyable?

    Penn is a professional performer. Aha accidental alliteration! Penn is blast to listen to and I'm really glad I chose the audio book format.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book if I had not listened to it. The types of stories it contains are ones that must be expressed in voice, not text.

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    Malcoolm 04-30-12
    Malcoolm 04-30-12 Listener Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to God, No! the most enjoyable?

    His secular overview which makes sense and doesn't rely on blind faith. It confirms my view of life and the universe.


    What other book might you compare God, No! to and why?

    no other


    What about Penn Jillette???s performance did you like?

    His obvious sincerity and his sense of humor.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to think for yourself...


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    Dave Cypress, Texas, United States 04-30-12
    Dave Cypress, Texas, United States 04-30-12
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    Penn Jillette refers to himself repeatedly as an example of a "stupid atheist". In this respect, I fear he is too hard on himself. While it's true that God, No! does not contain the intellectual sting of Hitchens (then again, what ever could) or the scientific rigor of Harris or Dawkins, it is, shall we say, in a different form from these. Part autobiography, part treatise on morality, perhaps even part non-fiction novel, God, No! is a collection of parables, stories, and anecdotes from the life of its author Penn Jillette, each of which is stimulating in it's own right, however, taken together, the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts ever could be. Speaking as one who's awakening to reason and atheism was not a happy one, not a triumphant vanquishing of superstition, but a depressed acquiescence to reason and evidence. A time when I could almost understand those who would argue in abject terror that without God where would the goodness come from? Where are we to receive our consolation from? This book provides the expression of what beauty can arise when we throw off our mental chains and live unhindered. What a life that can be lived.

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    Kathleen Santa Clarita, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Kathleen Santa Clarita, CA, United States 04-26-12
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    "Good bio stuff, Title doesn't match"
    Where does God, No! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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

    The guy eating the cheeseburger


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

    Penn


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

    When he talked about his sister and his parents


    Any additional comments?

    It's a lovely book if you really dig Penn Gillette (which I do). It's autobiographical stories that are funny, self-deprecating, and thoroughly entertaining. The title is misleading, it's not about signs you may already be an atheist, it's a walk through Penn's view on the world. LIke him even more as a performer after listening to this.

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    J. McTighe Montgomery, Al 04-23-12
    J. McTighe Montgomery, Al 04-23-12 Member Since 2016

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    What disappointed you about God, No!?

    Perhaps one of the greatest story tellers I have ever heard in 55 years on Radio or TV, falls flat with this collection of personal anticdotes, where he spends most of his time trying to justify himself and his opinions.I have no problem with his views on God, organized religion, homosexuality, the Orthodox Jewish life and lifestyle, his parents and family relationships and how he is raising his children. Although his views are different than mine, he of course has every right to feel this way. I simply wish he would have handled all of the above subjects as he did with Global Warming..I bought this book to be entertained, because that is what Penn Jillette is suppose to be, an entertainer. This book does not entertain, it justify's what I see as a unique life and made me wonder "didn't you learn to never leave out the funny", at Clown College?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Howie Carr's new novel.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't really, seemed to take everything to personal. Language, did make me turn off book when going through a drive thru in the car.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from God, No!?

    90 Percent of the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Where can I write to Mr. Jillette to get my money back.

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