'I think hell’s a fable.' 'Ay,' says Mephistopheles, 'think so still, till experience change thy mind
I don't believe in magic, astrology, or the business of Psychology; somehow this book reinforced my suspicions of psychology. There's more to this book than making Psychology look as foolish as it is; but that's all that stuck with me. Good listen, interesting, would recommend.
Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
Even his name is friendly, slightly humorous, self-deprecating. This book gives the reader an interesting, funny and somewhat scary peek into the world of mental illness.
I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 wonderful grown children and a retired teacher....one of my new goals as I turn 50 this year is to become an author! I listen to one story on audible a week I am an addict!
The humorous and yet educational way Ronson approaches this subject matter it was very entertaining!!
The way he goes over the history of the term psychopath and discusses politicians.....well i do not want to spoil it....you have to listen to this it is so good! Very funny and witty, charming!
Ronson is my favorite he is adorable!
Yes and i almost did!
i have been telling all of my friends and family they HAVE to read or listen to this it is very very good!
A bit of a psychological thriller, this book taking you on a journey into the mind of psychopaths. Are they all bad? You be the judge!
Perhaps if the author had someone else read it. He should not be the reader!
Yes, I would not buy another book that was read by the author.
First of all he was so dole and lifeless and could put me to sleep if I listened to him while driving.
Everyone, and just toss them all in the garbage.
I would ask for a refund, but, feel I made the choice, so I have to live with it, It wasn't Audible's fault.
Anyone who's ever found the Dexter series darkly comic, wondered about the possible benefits of of sociopathy, or worried that they might unknowingly be a psychopath would be well suited to listen to this book.
The narrator's staccato accent (especially when excited) was the equivalent of having hot nails driven into your skull whenever you started warming to the book. The intense bursts of profanity, coupled with the narrator's accent made me stop listening for a period, but the story and the stubborn refusal to waste money drew me back. The experience made me feel that some sort of warning label should be attached to the cover. Most people can stomach profanity that is absolutely necessary to make the character's more believable, but the moments of use in this book felt like an adolescent learning the words for the first time. It was excessive and unnecessary. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone who doesn't want to feel as though the author is intentionally offending them.
The main character gave great internal dialogue that helped the thought process of the reader/listener to flow with the story and develop their own conclusions and ideas.
annoying accent and tone
It was an interesting narrative, but I ended up wondering if I really learned anything. Good listen for the gym.
true, as others have said, it is not a scholarly work. what the author does is question the definitions we use for mental illness and how those definitions function in society. he does not come to any simple conclusions, or any conclusions really, but it does not feel unfinished. the issues he raises just aren't easily answered. to approach this (huge) topic in a more formal way could have been boring and a bit tedious. this on the other hand was a funny and interesting journey.
i really enjoyed the narration, jon ronson's timing and emphasis made the story really entertaining.
family tree buff
Jon is very funny and does a fabulous job of giving you an inside look at the psychology industry. He makes the characters very real. I also love how he kept worrying that he possessed some of the 20 traits.
Kept wondering if Tony was a psychopath.
Never listened, but I plan to purchase Men who Stare at Goats.
Not an extreme reaction, but he did make me giggle quite often.
I did have to slow the Audible pace a bit, as in the beginning I had trouble understanding Jon's heavy British accent.