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Attempting Normal Audiobook

Attempting Normal

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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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    S Lahey 04-06-16
    S Lahey 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Uncontrolled LOL"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Attempting Normal to be better than the print version?

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Marc Maron’s performance did you like?

    It was read the way the author intended.


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

    Humor and anger are uncomfortably close first cousins


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the humor of George Carlin, Larry David and Bill Burr your going to love this guy. His self-evaluating humor is cleverly articulated. His willingness to share unedited humanity with us is both relatable and funny. I also found it a bit cathartic so thanks Marc Maron.

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    Kyle C. 03-30-16
    Kyle C. 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "classic Maron"

    if you like his comedy you'll enjoy this book. He's a missing throat and he's got other things to offer. I will, having read this book, read the other books that he has written now. I expect to enjoy them similarly.

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    paul Minnesota 03-06-16
    paul Minnesota 03-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A solid easy based book"

    A solid essay based book. Lots of punch lines lots of sexuality. If you're neurotic you'll enjoy it.

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    D. Maltz Seminole., Fl 02-14-16
    D. Maltz Seminole., Fl 02-14-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Honest, tangibly relatable, Marc's heart to ours"

    Loved it. Took my time because I didn't want it to be over too fast. Thank you Marc.

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    Kyle O'Brien 09-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fan of his stand up and podcast, you'll love this"

    Marc details his life, cats, food, almost dying 3 different times, all kinds of his terrible relationships. Always entertaining, and engaging.

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    Paul M. Sully 09-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the podcast, you will love this"

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    For his podcast interviews on WTF, Marc Maron does his short rif on his observations, external and internal...if you like those and want to hear 5+ hours of them with some strong story episodes of his girlfriends and wives, his travels and life, you'll love this book. I do and I did...

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    Jdawgpdawg Colorado Springs 07-19-15
    Jdawgpdawg Colorado Springs 07-19-15
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    "Wow"

    Marc Maron has a way with words that feels unmatched. I've always gravitated towards him as a comic and after finishing this book it's no wonder why.

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    Zuzu gal St. Louis 06-24-15
    Zuzu gal St. Louis 06-24-15 Member Since 2010

    Suspense, historical, comedy, fluff - I read it all!

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    "Are We Good?"

    Yes we are good, very good in fact. If you're a WTF listener, jump right in the water's fine. If you're not a listener, WTF? Who wouldn't want to delve into the dark, self-effacing, thought provoking mind of Marc Maron? Read it, enjoy it and pass it on. They'll thank you for it.

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    S. Paterson Saline, MI USA 06-12-15
    S. Paterson Saline, MI USA 06-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like Your Favorite Cocktail After a Tough Day"

    Marc Maron reads his life with a fearless, original, unique voice that makes you want to be his next door neighbor, now that he seems to be done with the screaming fights, anyway. His honesty about private relationship matters, addiction, and other behavior that would be mortifying for anyone else to admit seems so matter of fact when shared by Maron.

    I am a road warrior too in my career, though not as an artist. But I can relate to so much of what the author sees and enjoys from place to place. It was on a business trip last fall when I happened to find Maron doing a workout at a little stage in Hollywood, and I had the extraordinary luck to get a front row seat for 8 bucks.

    I could listen to this big-hearted, humble, damaged, narcissistic, earnest and wonderful man hold forth for hours. So I think I'll start from the beginning again. And Marc - I think Boomer went looking for Moxie. But I hope he found the lady with the Fancy Feast.

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    C. Cianciolo Wisconsin 06-10-15
    C. Cianciolo Wisconsin 06-10-15
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    "So Funny!"

    It's a perfect waste of time. Hilarious!
    I feel like he wrote a book about me.

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