SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
We're just a batty lot, we humans are; the way our minds work, the choices we make. "Now I Know More" is a wonderfully enjoyable compilation of facts/stories that are totally irrelevant to life, but are fascinating nonetheless and bring to life history and human nature. Human nature: LBJ screeching to people in the car that THE BRAKES HAVE GONE OUT (just to mess with their minds) to Putin bringing his dogs around when he knows Germany's Angela Merkel was bitten by a dog in her childhood. History: A family who lived in Siberia and only knew advances had happened by watching "fire in the sky" (satellites), until they all died there by themselves to a cigarette company helping reconstruct one of China's regions most devastated by earthquakes. All the while passing out cigarette candies to children.
Simply extraordinary. Some of these things are so entertaining, some of them are so freakin' sad, some of them are so galling. But they're only skimmed, so this is not a deep listen that gets you enraged: It only makes you think, makes you awed, makes you chuckle, makes you irked.
And there are ditties that you'll never forget: The $20,000,000 wired "Spy Cat" who, and I know the tragedy of this one, doesn't look both ways before crossing the street. And, oh so many more.
This is a wonderful book! Sometimes you just can't listen to a 20-hour serious non-fiction audiobook; you just need a mind-breeze that lets you laugh and think. Something well-structured, with perfect segues, and great narration.
And now I know why my beloved magenta is nowhere on the ROY G. BIV spectrum. A tragedy, still...
I got involved with animal rescue after Katrina hit, was a nutcase by the time Rita swept through (even though I hadn't been there yet, but the images, my imagination, the extent of my caring about the horror were enough), and had full blown PTSD by the time I came back after two weeks in New Orleans helping out when the state was kicking out all out-of-state rescues. The place, ALL of those parishes, are dear to me. I HAD to get this book because the title: 1 Dead in Attic was pretty much something you saw everywhere (along with 4 dogs DOA, 3 cats DOA in Bathroom, things like that.)
I still grieve.
But I felt like I was given a little piece of "home," if you will, when I listened to Chris Rose's book. It's a series of his articles, all the happenings, all his thoughts, things that went on after Katrina, for over a year, the horror, the heartache, the struggles and triumphs. The depression and sense of loss. The rebirth (sometimes with meds needed).
I guess this might not be everybody's cup of tea. Katrina no longer holds the nation's attention, but it's a wonderful book in its own right, a touching one worthy of a listen.
And Bronson Pinchot? He has just grown into one of the most fearless narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to! Anger, exasperation, humor, tenderness, robotic depression, gentle love, all tones and expressions seem so easy for him to convey.
Wow to this book.
The only reason this isn't a full-on 5-star review is because Jon Ronson, damn him, believes in brevity, I guess! I could have listened to many hours more of this subject as reported with his insight and pathos, as delivered in his own neurotic style (He yells, he shrieks, he staggers!).
This all starts for Ronson when he feels personally violated by a spambot that has been given "his" identity and a Jon Ronson twitter account. Ronson then feels the savage thrill when the crowd supports him in having the spambot removed from the twitter sphere (tho' he does get a bit worried with some of the responses supporting him. He worries people might get hurt...)
And people do get hurt. Not in his case. But in the other public shamings (which have taken place since all the men in America were named Nathaniel). Some people bring it on themselves: self-playgiarism/bad or made up facts. Others have made jokes that they later really, really, REALLY regret.
Because the world is huge out there, and people are looking. Looking hard. The cruelty, the vindictiveness with which they go after others—they've smelled blood in the water and they won't stop the churning until lives are destroyed.
This is a wonderful, wonderful book and as usual Jon Ronson brings the right amount of humor and self-deprecating hubris with him as he walks with these people, even helps them as they try to rebuild their lives.
Definitely credit-worthy, and you will never, ever tweet or blog or Facebook... or plagiarize so blithely again...