We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$21.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (458 )
5 star
 (229)
4 star
 (153)
3 star
 (52)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
4.2 (413 )
5 star
 (199)
4 star
 (130)
3 star
 (58)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (10)
Story
4.5 (415 )
5 star
 (262)
4 star
 (109)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (7)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Hannah 04-11-15
    Hannah 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "marc maron"

    I really enjoyed the fact that Maron narrated his own book! It was a clean read that i got done in two days and i learned even more about him, and his life. As someone who frequently listens to WTF thats saying something. But oddly, my favorite part of it was how much i learned about myself through out this book. Five stars all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dean 04-04-15
    Dean 04-04-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love Marc Maron and I loved this!"

    I've listened to a large number of his podcast and am a huge fan of his show. although I've heard or seen most of this in various other forms, this was still a treat and well worth the buy. looking forward to more from Marc!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joe 01-14-15
    Joe 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    "feels like an extended episode of WTF"

    if you like his show or podcast, you're gonna wanna read this. very relatable and funny read. would recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A Reader Austin USA 03-23-14
    A Reader Austin USA 03-23-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Liked it"
    What did you love best about Attempting Normal?

    I liked this book a lot. I've listened to his podcast on and off. I recognized a couple of bits from there, which is cool.

    I do have one issue with it.

    The only thing I'd say is Maron comes off as a bit of a racist in this book. It's kind of intense and surprising and I don't remember thinking that while I listened to his podcasts. In one chapter he talks about being afraid on the plane because he thinks it is about to be subject to a terrorist attack because some guy of an unclear ethnicity is standing by the bathroom. Maron has a panic attack over it. What the hell? Really? It's under this guise of "you know what I mean," wink wink, as if most people have thoughts like that when seeing men of different ethnicities on airplanes, which is just stupid, and makes me think, "Wow, old white guys really do think that stuff, huh? Amazing."

    In another chapter he talks about seeing black guys with afros and thinking what typical black guys they are and how cool that is. How cool it was the time a black guy shined his shoes. How cool it was the time he was indignant on behalf of a black guy. How he thought black people were "real" when he was growing up, though he was afraid of them. But hey, he's not racist, he says, he likes Richard Pryor after all!

    It doesn't feel like "being honest in the name of art" or whatever, or like he's expressing the racism that exists in the U.S. It just sounds like he's racist.

    Other than that, I really did like the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Geoffrey 11-30-13
    Geoffrey 11-30-13 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Maron's story is neurotic, self-aware and pure."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Attempting Normal to be better than the print version?

    I do not know.


    What other book might you compare Attempting Normal to and why?

    Howard Stern's Private Parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one in particular. The narrative is great from start to stop. If you like WTF, then you know Marc is not afraid to bare his soul...and the demons which plague him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was compelled to keep going, although I could not due to real life time constraints.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth a glimpse into Marc's past, present and what we hope for his future. Plus...nobody tells a story about a person better than the subject!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 06-04-13
    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Have already recommended this book to many people!"

    I love his story telling ability, and his views on this crazy world! The book is great, I have recommended it along with this podcast to many! He's incredibly talented, and has a refreshing yet honest view of the world. I'm happy for all of his success, and wish his the best! Get this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jesse MISSOULA, MT, United States 05-30-13
    Jesse MISSOULA, MT, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Carola Henderson, NV, United States 06-17-13
    Carola Henderson, NV, United States 06-17-13

    dreamsgalore

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 20 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-18 of 18 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.