I love to be read to!
A romp through crazy town with a great host. Also learned some things.
Jon Krakauer without the yuks. They like the same subjects.
I loved the descriptions of bohemian grove and the men urinating on trees!
His books are great and I am going to read all of them at some point. I love that he is the narrator. Self narrations really adds allot in my opinion. Good narration can make or break an audiobook in my opinion.
The content was good, but the reading made listening to this audiobook painful
The first hand accounts of extremists
His accent was strange and his reading was stiff. The pronounciations were bizarre. Antisemite was pronounced Anti sea mite, which I have never heard before. When someone who the author was interviewing laughed, the author made a weird "ha ha" sound. It was like fingernails down a chalkboard. Producers should really dissuade authors from reading their own books.
The content is really good, but I almost stopped listening to it.
Really eye opening about the Randy Weaver family. The others were extremists, but even Ronson agrees that the Weavers really weren't that whacko and puts their story in a real context.
Besides the section on Ruby Ridge I didn't like this book. It wasn't really what I expected.
How he bowed down to people that were obviously hateful toward him.
The performance is what kept me listening. He's a great reader, his humor is great and his timing is awesome. Just wish he had some backbone.
Disappointment mostly. I understand journalistic integrity but there comes a point where you should be a human being. I think the worst part is when he let that poor man go be publicly humiliated after he expressed to him that it was his worst fear. That was horrible.
This book is a collection of several very interesting snapshots of people society has labeled extremists. They seem to be the sort of people James (The Amazing) Randi called 'believers' since they will follow ideas that appeal to them unquestioningly and regardless of how strange or extreme they sound to others.
Some of these folks are stranger than others, but most suspect the world is controlled by the secretive (and seemingly asinine) Bilderberg Group. They believe the Bilderberg Group is run by 'the Jews' or 12-foot tall reptilian aliens and is determined to set up a nefarious one-world government.
The book brought home to me the other side of the 'Ruby Ridge' incident through Rachel Weaver's version of the events. The book also illustrated the, perhaps unsurprising, fact that the players on all the various sides are guilty of serious departures from the truth and character assassination.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a fairly balanced-seeming glimpse into the strange and sometimes surprising world of extreme beliefs.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
For those of you who are uninitiated with Jon Ronson I would advise you not to start with this book as it was written before 9/11 and considering the subject matter is rather dated now. I am a huge Jon Ronson fan and strongly recommend that you check out his books, but maybe start with Lost at Sea or The Psychopath Test.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I especially liked the interviews with Rachael and Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame. I’ve read some books on the Ruby Ridge catastrophe in the past and consider it one of the most outlandish acts of government tyranny in American history. So, to hear from the people involved in that event was edifying.
Ronson’s attempted infiltration of a secret Builderburg meeting in Portugal was exciting and scary, yet somehow comical in a way that only Jon Ronson can pull off. That’s what I love about him. He gets himself in some of the most intense and harrowing situations and relates them in a humorous and almost deadpan way. It’s hard to explain. You just have to listen to his books to understand.
The best part of this book was the last chapter. I don’t like giving spoilers. So, I’ll just say that what he and his strange companions discover wasn’t what was expected. Their different reactions upon witnessing the exact same thing is really in essence what the whole book is about. It’s probably the best ending to any of Ronson’s books.
Interesting, informative, timely
It's great to hear him getting excited as he relates his own story. I also loved the accents he puts on things and his little 'ha ha' laughs to illustrate the different persona's.
I really liked this book. It was really informative and thought provoking.
I am giving the author the Benefit of the doubt on the humorous aspect of this book and assuming cultural differences. None of it was funny. Most of the chapters were boring to me and I felt he never got into the meat of the extremism bit more the eccentricities of those he spent time with. From the slightly odd to the deranged. And often derangement can be entertaining or shocking- but the author chose the trite details that neither added to the story or painted a picture of the personalities.
There are always going to be paranoid ideations that small groups are running or taking over the world. There are always going to be groups of individuals - namely the rich or the powerful that assume that they are indeed running the world. I don't believe this is so. I think like-minded people with money and power gravitate toward each other. Mainly greed drives these people- greed for power and money. But they have minimal control.
This book was disconnected and uninformative and definitely not provocative except that I was compelled to look up global elitism on google and I learned much more about extremists from their web sites that this book told me. I don't remember if I paid full price or not- but I'm sure hoping this was the cheap daily deal. (I have yet to buy a good daily deal)