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Attempting Normal | [Marc Maron]

Attempting Normal

Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.
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Publisher's Summary

People make a mess.

Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

Attempting Normal is Marc Maron’s journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f--kup who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.

©2013 Random House Audio (P)2013 Marc Maron

What the Critics Say

  • 10 Best Audiobooks of 2013 (Salon)
  • "An already enjoyable memoir, the audio version benefits from the improvisatory ease Maron developed as a stand-up comic, Air America radioman and host of the popular 'WTF with Marc Maron' podcast, from which much of the book's content was developed. The audiobook, which includes excerpts from the podcast, veers wildly from personal history to confession to documentary to punch line to psychoanalysis to intellectual rant to anti-intellectual armoring to inside joke to dead serious to deflatingly unhyperbolic to high to crude to political to nostalgic to philosophical to historical to proud to self-abasing, and it keeps the listener happily off-balance." (Kyle Minor, Salon)

    "I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny." (David Cross)

    "Devastatingly funny." (Los Angeles Times)

    "The stuff of comedy legend." (Rolling Stone)

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    Jesse MISSOULA, MT, United States 05-30-13
    Jesse MISSOULA, MT, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Smartest guy alive! Not really. Still good though."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would recommend this audiobook to my brother because he's a big fan of Marc Maron's podcast and would like it a lot. I might recommend it to one of my other friend's but they rarely read the books I let them borrow so probably not.


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

    I haven't read the book to compare to the audiobook but I think Marc Maron breaks through the forth wall and makes small comments on his own reading of the story as he works through it. It's a very interesting approach and I wish more authors would do this when reading their own works. It humanizes the process rather than leaving the author or reader nothing more than an impersonal who serves no other purpose but to deliver the words on the page.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ten years ago the machines who rule the future sent an unstoppable Terminator to assassinate the yet unborn Marc Maron. They failed. In 2013, the machines will try again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carola Henderson, NV, United States 06-17-13
    Carola Henderson, NV, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Horrible story; horrible life"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing good have made this experience better.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marc Maron again?

    No I would not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Maron?

    Would not matter; it was "offal".


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Attempting Normal?

    I would never have published.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your money or time on this trival.

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful
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