If you love "This American Life", you'll be disappointed with this book. It lacks the narrative flow and pacing of TAL. Each chapter starts in the middle and ends without concluding. It's incredibly unsatisfying. There is no announcing of the start of a new chapter and no pause, so it's incredibly disorienting when he starts talking about something completely different. You take a minute to realize he's moved on, you have no time to process the last chapter and you're left hanging on each story. There are interesting tidbits in there, but not as many as you'd like, and nothing cohesive.
Another major strike against the book is that it's gonzo journalism, meaning the author is the main character in each story, and I find him really unlikable.
I normally listen to audiobooks at 1.25X normal speed, but this one I had to speed up more, the narrator/author is too slow.
Organically grown in Los Angeles, Erin spends his time wielding technology, acquiring all the bitcoins and falling in love with everything
Jon Ronson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His wry self deprecating wit along with his penchant for the bizarre make for curious and interesting reads. I especially like this audio book since he's also got a strange yet curiously pleasing voice.
The ability of Mr. Jon Ronson to respect the characters with whom he interacts. HIs respect for the "Oddballs" of the world is worthy of praise. He is a true "participate observer" and a balanced translator of the humans who he encounters.
I enjoyed his authentic presentation and enthusiasm for his topic.
Hard to pick they are all good stories. I think the "Lost at Sea" is very well done.
Thank you Jon Ronson, whose name seems like a dyslexic joke I very much enjoyed your work. The NLP story is what Ronson was told but it omits Virginia Satir, the primary teacher for Bandler and Grinder.
I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.
bizarre, witty, and thought provoking.
Each story takes on its own tone and reveals something altogether familiar and yet exposes the crazier/weirder side of our world.
I think one of my favorite chapters was when Ron Jonson took on the role of bond in a road trip. It was pretty hilarious and interesting.
I did want to listen, but do to the nature of the book having different stories in different chapters it was easy to pause in-between the chapters.
As I think back on all the stories I can't select a favorite one. I know that these stories are going to stay with me for years.
There are literally no missteps in the collection of short articles written by Ronson. They essentially read as extremely interesting and in-depth non-fiction stories, each one as thorough and thought provoking as the last.
Somehow each one seems to top the one preceding it, culminating in the opus story of Phoenix Jones at the very end. What a fantastic book, made all the better hearing these stories actually out of Ronson's mouth.
I like the unpretentious style of Jon Ronson's storytelling AND narrating.
the stories are incredible, interesting and highly entertaining.