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  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (426)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Serious Topics Shown in multiple lights"
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    Would you listen to Them: Adventures with Extremists again? Why?

    Yes. Jon Ronson is a really entertaining writer and narrator. Some of the scenes were really well described and I felt as though I was in the scene. He unfolded the information in an interesting way and shed an interesting candid light on all of the characters he followed and interviewed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Ruby Ridge Details was the most interesting and shocking. Omar Bakri and his hypocrytical life was the least interesting, but I guess part of that is because Ronson was shut off from being able to interview him.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Ronson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I didn't like it quite as much as the psychopath test, but it was definitely highly entertaining and a book I will always remember.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a couple of times. Also, some of the scenes described were really unbelievable, so I guess maybe "shocked" would be a good description of my reaction.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • To the Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Nicole Kidman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.

    Lady says: "I will try this again later"
    "I will try this again later"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    5 and 1/2 hours in.......No. A migraine ensued upon listening to this. A swirling dreamlike journey akin to whittling a block of wood whilst daydreaming of other peoples lives, delivered by an airy tired voice.


    What was most disappointing about Virginia Woolf’s story?

    The over embellished melodramatic inner lives of the characters were irritating. It is chock full of near run on sentences speckled with flavorful imagery. The writing at times is like being in a candy shop, but then mellows back into a wasteland of gray drivel until the next high or low. If you needed a touchstone to take you to manic depressed state, this book is or you.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There is another version with a different narrator. I think I will try that one and give this "classic" another shot.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I really disliked nicole kidman as a narrator.....tiresome.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (566)
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    (573)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Recommended first Ronson Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is divided into shorts that give a quick preview of Ronson's general writing style and a glance at his charming and sometimes mischievous personality.


    What does Jon Ronson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice adds a level of naivety and playfulness to the stories which I have always appreciated and feel his voice helps conveyhis intent when in dialogue with some of the characters he encounters. I have listened to "men who stare at goats" which was narrated by someone else, and I wasn't as glued to the listening experience. Ronson does an amazing job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His descriptions of the psuedo-psychic Sylvia Brown who I have always DESPISED! I was so thrilled to hear his interpretation of her. I am a visual person and I find his descriptions to be very realistic and hilarious like distorted caricatures that some how capture the true essence of a person's soul.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that he continues to supply us with more books because I am running out of ronson books to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Enjoyable but"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Characters seemed a little less colorful than other Ronson books. There were also main players in remote viewing that I wish he could have gotten an interview with/spent time with. I read this book after "psychopath test" and "them", so I was expecting the same razzle dazzle. Of the three books this one is my least favorite. Also I wish Jon Ronson had narrated it like the others. He adds so much to experiencing his books when he reads them...much like david sedaris and bill bryson.


    Did The Men Who Stare at Goats inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to/ Read more Ronson and books that he mentions....


    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting listening to this book after hearing coast to coast broadcasts on the topic of remote viewing for so many years and seeing other sides to those guests. Also, I was shocked when I heard the link between Stubblebine and heaven's gate......and disgusted by Stubblebine's dismissiveness of any responsibility. This is why I love Ronson. I was too young to have been conscious of what was going on in the 90s and no one talks about these events anymore. The truth is shocking and I for one am glad to be reintroduced to these things through Ronson's interviews and research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (1734)
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    (1735)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "First Jon Ronson Book experience"
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    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    criticism of psychological diagnosis


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meandering tale that linked stories and character traits between the various people jon ronson interviewed on his path to get a well rounded view of mental health in modern society and how it is or is not diagnosed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Interview with Al Dunlap


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, but I loved it....I did actually laugh a couple times


    Any additional comments?

    Great Narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mira Bartok
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    When piano prodigy Norma Herr was healthy, she was the most vibrant personality in the room. But as her schizophrenic episodes became more frequent and more dangerous, she withdrew into a world that neither of her daughters could make any sense of. After being violently attacked for demanding that Norma seek help, Mira Bartok and her sister changed their names and cut off all contact in order to keep themselves safe.

    Lady says: "A little less than expected"
    "A little less than expected"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    After hearing rave reviews on NPR, I was excited to have a chance to read this book. It didn't feel as personal and as unique of a look into the mind of a schizophrenic and or individual highly influenced by being brought up by one as I anticipated. Although, Mira did go into detail about many experiences she had with her mother, I still felt like I needed to hear more in order to have a well rounded view of their relationship and the disease. I am not sure what else to say, other than it felt like she was holding back, and I gathered/felt how disconnected she was from her mother more than anything else.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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