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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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    jo-anne Australia 12-04-12
    jo-anne Australia 12-04-12
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    "very entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Jon Ronson's presentation really augmented the personal stories.


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

    Liked the story about his son asking him if there is a word worse than f----.


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

    The stories are personal so his presentation is a bonus - that special British self-deprecating humour


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    Erin SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 11-27-12
    Erin SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FUNNY!"
    What made the experience of listening to FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life the most enjoyable?

    easy to relate to- you want every story to turn into a long story


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

    when he realized all his Christmas cards were from businesses


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

    himself


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. S. E. Ivey Surrey, UK. 11-12-12
    Mr. S. E. Ivey Surrey, UK. 11-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Pangolin

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    "Fantastic and free."
    Any additional comments?

    Ronson offers four charming and amusing tales from his domestic life. Each read by the author himself. The brevity is such that there is little more to say, Otherwise you may spend longer reading this nebulous appraisal than enjoying Jon's endearingly delivered anecdotes.

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    Pat United States 10-29-12
    Pat United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun listens"
    Would you consider the audio edition of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life to be better than the print version?

    I consider audio the BEST, it frees me up to do other things while I listen. Some tasks are so mind numbing...an audio helps make the task go easier.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father telling his son about the "worse" word!!!


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

    I don't know


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

    Yes


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    Dixie St, Louis 10-19-12
    Dixie St, Louis 10-19-12 Member Since 2014

    Well read X

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    "Understated Humor Provokes Outright Laughter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read print version, but think the author's delivery definitely complemented the material. Reminded me of David Sedaris, without the underlying tone of depression. It's possible that in the printed version the humor may seem less subtle.


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

    Oooh, hard to say. Maybe the moment when the author realizes how his encounter with a mocking 14-year-old girl might have been misinterpreted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one mentioned above. But also, the sequence of his increasing need to be recognized/validated by his new neighbor.


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

    The entire selection was, in a way, moving, because it contained a series of depictions of interpersonal interactions that were just so true to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. One of my favorite listens in a long time. I'll be checking into more of this author's works.

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    Dave Whittier, CA 10-15-12
    Dave Whittier, CA 10-15-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "27 Minutes of Funny - Good Intro to Ronson"

    I haven't read a ton of Ronson's other stuff, but I've heard him several times on This American Life, and have been intrigued by his books. This free download only solidifies what I already suspected: I really need to grab "Them," "The Psychopath Test," or maybe even Ronson's latest.

    These very short stories are all very funny, and while they're more self-focused that what I tend to identify with Ronson, that only adds to the sharp hilarity. They're not incredibly deep or life-changing, but they're well worth listening to, especially if you're looking for a laugh.

    It's a great way to spend half an hour, and the price is hard to beat.

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    kwt 01-30-13
    kwt 01-30-13

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    "Perverted sums it up"
    What disappointed you about FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    Foul language and inappropriate subject material involving children.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust


    Any additional comments?

    Won't be buying any of his recordings

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph VALENTINE, NE, United States 01-14-13
    Joseph VALENTINE, NE, United States 01-14-13
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    "Perverse"
    Would you try another book from Jon Ronson and/or Jon Ronson?

    Never


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something without the F-word and like this book. Or perhaps not a book talking about sexual interactions with children.


    What didn’t you like about Jon Ronson’s performance?

    It is purely filthy material. Those that read this should be ashamed of themselves.


    What character would you cut from FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    Everything. It is disgusting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joakim Lund, Sweden 01-14-13
    Joakim Lund, Sweden 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best of Star Wars"

    The Darth Bane trilogy finishes with the maximum peak and a brilliant end to a long and well told story.
    All the necessary ingredients are included and you cannot get disappointed . The Sith get at last their complete picture and the dark side turns to you. Reject it but not the novel which is the second best of them all....

    Joakim - the 66th installment that I have read of this galactic epic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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