This was my first purchase of a book on Audible by Jon Ronson. Very compelling insights into ways we identify the psychopath, or label people as such. Jon also narrates, which is the most attractive feature of all his books here.
Very well written, from beginning to end. I like the progression of anecdotes both from history and Jon Ronson's life. I like Jon Ronson. I loved his reading of the book.
This book has shaken my whole philosophy of life to the core. Becoming acquainted with Psychopaths and some of their history was enlightening in that it showed me an aspect of people that I had never considered. I believe in the goodness in all people, but what about those who are wired differently? And what is the reason for this? I'm a spiritual person, and I cannot yet come to terms with what this disconnect is in a psychopath's soul, and what that means.
Quick read and extremely interesting, a subject I had never before considered but that, once read, makes so much sense. It's also quite a 'new' subject, if I'm not mistaken. I haven't been able to find a follow up book that sounds good to me, yet, but I'm sure one will come. Recommended.
Alligators. Alligators. Tigers. More alligators. Good read and it's read by the author whic is a plus. Alligators.
This book was great - I definitely recommend it. Funny, fascinating, well-read, and full of things I didn't know. Mary Roach fans should like this.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
I thought that his book was like "The Sociopath Next Door": where the author deeply knows the theme that he is talking about.
But it was not the case--- in the beginning, Jon Ronson says that he did not know much about psychopathy, so he researched the subject.
Well, I did not pay attention to the subtitle-- "A Journey through the Madness Industry"-- The Psychopath Test is really a JOURNEY full of discoveries, superficialities and speculations. It is like science fiction, the only difference is believing that his speculations are for real.
This audiobook is read aloud by the author himself, which I think adds quite a lot to it. As Ronson navigates madness - focusing primarily on psychopaths - he manages to include a surprising amount of humour, as well as his own varied emotions along the path of his investigation. He meets with a wide range of individuals as part of his research, and it is perhaps this wide scope that makes this both entertaining, but a bit scattered to listen to. There is an attempt to pull together the entire book in the mystery of a strange novel mailed to an international group of recipients (Being or Nothingness), but as a framework it really fails to support the meat of the novel - psychopathy.
From Scientologists to psychiatrists to psychopaths both imprisoned and free, Ronson collects a range of thoughts and opinions on the realms of mental illness. The entire industry from facilities, to patients, to doctors are tied in, The book moves along at a fast pace and it is genuinely impossible to predict what avenue Ronson will investigate next. With a narrower focus, the book would feel a lot more cohesive, but in this manner there are plenty of thought-provoking and fascinating ideas presented. All in all, it definitely made my commute a more interesting one!
I would change the Non-Fiction genre to Fiction. It didn't seem like it was informational, instructional or much useful to apply data. Seemed like a story being told
He earned his third star for being an exotic voice. So if there were something of a different nature I'd not rule it out.
Hello "my name is" Simon and the things I draw-er come true. (Nostalgic chalk character)
If I was Tony in the psychopaths hospital setting. I might even wear a fancy jacket.
Glad it was a quick listen.
Jon Ronson reads his own first person narrative here. This book was a very enjoyable 7 hour treat, and I will definitely get Ronson's other books for long car trips. The book touches lightly on many topics surrounding the issues of psychiatry, mental illness, and psychopathy, but it does so by focusing on specific people. Even though important topics are brought up (i.e. influence of the pharmaceutical industry on treatment), the book does not go into great depth about them. Maybe "infotainment" is the perfect label. Ronson ends the book still full of doubts about what's real and what's wrong.
Although this modern journalism where the author includes himself as a character can get tiresome and self-centered with some writers, I liked it here. Part of it reminded me of the movie Adaptation where Charlie Kaufmann wrote himself into his own script and said he's Ouroboros. In one scene from the book, Ronson goes into a house and describes it as something created by the Queen of Narnia. Later in the book, while he's making interview notes, he says "I put in my notes to be sure to say something about the Queen of Narnia."
I only gave the performance four stars because Ronson's voice got a little scratchy. Beware: there is a great deal of profanity and some disgusting imagery in this book (because there are descriptive parts about crazy people). You wouldn't listen to this book with kids in the car.
Delightful, thought-provoking, haunting
When Jon Ronson knocks over the tray in the train: I hadn't laughed so hard for a long time
Seldom does one come across a book that so surprises, delights, stimulates, teaches and questions. I have given eight copies to friends.
I would definitely recommend this book!
Jon Ronson has a way of presenting his experiences in a very emotionally connected way making you both anxious and scared at moments, and laughing hysterically at others.
It is hard to stop listening. Would be perfect for a long flight.
This is Ronson's second best book behind Lost at Sea.