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The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life | [Jon Ronson]

The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.
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Publisher's Summary

Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

©2012 Jon Ronson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Patti Keizer, OR, United States 10-29-12
    Patti Keizer, OR, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely


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

    Yes, two others. They are all good, but i love these short stories. I want more....and they would be worth buying!


    If you could rename FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life, what would you call it?

    Full disclosure....why we are all happily neurotic


    Any additional comments?

    Jon Ronson is the cat's meow!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-07-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-07-12 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Needs a specific taste in humor"

    This is definitely not my cup of tea. The stories are supposed to be funny, but really aren't. It could be that this type of humour isn't funny to people like me. I found the first story vulgar and the rest very dull. It is for free, so try it and decide for yourself.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-01-14
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "Another free book where I got what I paid for"

    This audiobook was mildly amusing, not horrible and just about tolerable. There were parts I could have lived without, but it isn't long enough for one to tune out. I don't think I would have paid for this if I had to pay money, and I sure as heck would not waste a credit on it. This is one of those books where the author reads, and I find his voice slightly irritating, but it does give the stories the right voice. As I wrote, "just about tolerable". I was barely familiar with the author's work, from his work on NPR, and of all the writers and whomevers to appear on This American Life, I like others more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna carson city, MI, United States 12-08-13
    Anna carson city, MI, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2009

    When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.

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    "I didn't want to laugh but I did!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't see the humor in the first story about the parent allowing his child to swear. I did think it was funny telling the kid a fake made-up word, but he should have had been taught to have morals, etiquette, and respect. Instead the father was a very poor example.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess this just wasn't my cup of tea...although I couldn't help myself...I am ashamed to say it WAS funny...if you like sarcasm.


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    His accent actually carried a lot of weight in the performance. How does one keep a straight face?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 10-20-13
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 10-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Wandah Panda

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    "Not bad! Simply too short"

    All in all this is not a bad introduction to the authors work.
    It is extremely short though and the British humour was unexpected though refreshing.
    WaAr

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    Elaine Bryan, TX, United States 10-13-13
    Elaine Bryan, TX, United States 10-13-13
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    "did't like at all"
    What disappointed you about The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    I tried to return but didn't know how. Don't like the book at all. Very boring. complete waste of a credit.


    Has The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jon Ronson’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could exchange it but don't know how.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-16-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Funny and cute"

    Three short, free stories that made me laugh out loud. Narrated with finesse. What is the worst cuss word.....?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-14-13
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-14-13

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Straight from the author's mouth"
    Would you listen to FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life again? Why?

    Yes. loved his dry humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    The short where he's waiting for the actor to ask what he did for living. Sad, and SO funny.


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

    A very dry, tongue and cheek humor. I don't usually enjoy authors reading their own work. They tend to sound so self-conscience. Not so here.


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

    I can't really imagine this book as a film. Perfect as is.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely look for more work by Jon Ronson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 08-01-13
    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Hillarious!"

    Jon spares no one, least of all himself. The stories are all refreshingly funny and had me laughing alone in my kitchen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shom Hyderabad, India 06-04-13
    Shom Hyderabad, India 06-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Excellent. Very Funny."
    If you could sum up FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life in three words, what would they be?

    Everyday. Funny. Endearing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon himself.


    Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite?

    Jon himself.


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

    Yes. The soup incident totally made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    More such free snippets please

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  • cheesesliceking
    Leeds UK
    1/3/13
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    "Dull"

    Not witty, not intersting, not narrated well. It's just incessant ramblings of a middle class man who loves the sound of his own voice.





    There's a reason its free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MsRanPan
    UK
    12/29/12
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    "I don't get it"

    I guess Jon Ronson is like Marmite, you either love or hate him. Well to be fair I don't hate him, I just, nothing him. It was mildly amusing in some places but generally I could have lived without ever reading this. I guess his style/humour just is not for me, I don't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    12/24/12
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    "A quirky treat"

    What a great freebie - thank you for the introduction to Jon Ronson. This is hilarious and my only complaint is that it is too short! Wasn't sure about Jon Ronson's delivery at first but it definitely grew on me and is absolutely perfect for these quirky tales. Will be listening to more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Foibles of family"

    I smiled from beginning to end of this short set of stories from Jon Ronson. I love his very precise, dead-pan way of speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Bingley, W.Yorks, UK
    12/23/12
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I love Jon Ronson & these short stories are brilliant. I laughed out loud at the new neighbour & Xmas cards! He's so straightforward & honest but funny & quirky at the same time. Try this as a sample if you've never read him before, I love all his books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    machen, United Kingdom
    12/7/12
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    "for the love of...inept animal slaughter"

    I often listen to audiobooks to gently drift off to sleep at a reasonable time (9pm) safe in the knowledge that my laptop will quietly turn itself off, ensuring that I am sufficiently reinvigorated for a congenial day at my place of work, a small abattoir just north of weston super mare. Jon Ronson has unceremoniously robbed me of this pleasure. After innocently downloading Ronson's 'FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life', I became so engrossed in the work that I found myself to be awake 27 minutes and 51 seconds later when the piece ended. Not since Burroughs' reading of his own book Naked Lunch, have I been so entranced by an audiobook. This realisation led to the downloading of Ronson's opus, 'Lost At Sea' (and will no doubt lead to the purchase of Ronson's entire ouevre, even though I have no audible credits left and work for minimum wage).

    Now, after 6 hours and 39 minutes I have just finished part 1. I have to be at work in 40 minutes to kill things. I hate Jon Ronson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    United Kingdom
    10/22/12
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    "C is not for clever"

    Just because its free doesn't make it good. It's ok, amusing in places but that's all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. A. Atkin
    brighton, uk
    4/11/13
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    "Bonus download!!!!"

    I really like this not because its Ronson who I like as a story teller but mainly because its free!!!!!

    Everyone loves a free download............

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jane
    CARLISLE, United Kingdom
    10/29/12
    Overall
    "a little whitty but!!"

    Well a little whitty but also dulllll naration! o.k for a freebee when doing the dishes

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    PETERBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    10/27/12
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    "I don't get it..."

    Either I missed the point or I just don't get it!

    I don't know if this is (self) bio-graphical or pure fiction or a bit of both,

    but which-ever way, I found it pretty self-indulgent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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