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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These four short stories by Jon Ronson are very easy to relate to. Anyone who has a child, spouse, neighbor, friend and / or parents will find a connection here. Jon Ronson is a wonderful writer and an even better reader. Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh as you listen to these stories. I have been a fan of Ronson's since I read The Psychopath Test, and these delightful and humorous stories only made me more of one. I can't wait for the next Ronson read!
As always, Jon Ronson is thought-provoking and funny in this glimpse into his personal life.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Of the four short stories presented here, the strongest comes first and it declines from there. The first is an amusing (and for most parents, familiar) tale of dealing with childhood curiosity about curse words. I had more than one discussion with my son when he was young about the hierarchy of profanities. The other family based stories were amusing, but without outright laughs of recognition. Somewhat adult content involved in a couple of the offerings not suitable for playing in the car with the kiddies. Amusing way to get through washing the dishes.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Warning : Explicit Language Used.
If you just so happen, to listen to this book, say, on your Kindle Fire, with say, your children in the room, you have been warned! And your welcome.
Other than that, this book was so FUNNY! If you don't laugh, and I mean really laugh, at the last story. Then something is really wrong with you! SMILE
Tell us about yourself! I am a 43 year old wanna be intellect. I love people doing things for me and i guess that includes my reading! My interests vary widely so this site is right up my alley....maybe too much so!!!
It was free and of excellent quality
Jon himself because he thinks in the abstract and outside of the box, but never leaves reality. A quality i wish i had.
The extreme wit and brute honesty
I look forward to getting to know this writer. I went and found his stuff as soon as I listened to it. Thanks for the freebie
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
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.
I have listened to it more than once already! I especially liked that it was taken from Jon Ronson's real family life. The stories were funny and a little embarrassing, the way real family moments always are. I enjoyed them especially because they were read by the author. I always feel like Jon Ronson is talking to ME when I listen to his audio books, and this was no exception. I wish he would write more about his life. Memoir?
It has a similar style to Jon Ronson's other books.
His narration always gives an insight into how he feels about his subject. I enjoy his books in audio because they feel like more than just journalism, you get to know him as a writer while you learn about his subjects. The most interesting part of these stories was that the subject was Jon Ronson himself.
Well, Jon Ronson, of course. And he could bring his son along too, he sounds adorable.
If you haven't listened to anything by Jon Ronson, this set of stories will give you a feel, even though they are more intimate than his books. If you are a Jon Ronson fan, then definitely listen!
A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.
This short story composition definitely had some funny moments to it. The humor is pretty dry but good. I assume they are based on Jon Ronson's actual life. He's got an interesting way to see the world. I laughed outloud several times, especially in the beginning. However the stories fade into each other. Which makes it unclear when the stories are ending or starting. Furthermore the last two stories are not nearly as enjoyable as the first two in my opinion. So it ended up just being alright. I am not sure I would buy the stories but they were reasonable for a free download.
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
Yes; quick, witty observations. Self-deprecating, though clever & relatable.
Scene with his son requesting curse guidance hit home for me.
The personalities of his family members, discussions related to family portrait. Also loved his frustration at lack of curiosity of new neighbor related to his career. Many chuckles.
Keep it up, Jon! We need the laughs.
"A good laugh"
Really loved both stories and the narration. First class. Only complaint was there weren't enough short stories.
This was hilarious and I think my dogs thought I'd gone mad as I was was laughing so much with no-one around. I love Jon Ronson's writing, even more especially when he reads it, his timing and delivery are perfect. Still giggling.... Thank you for a wonderful freebie!
Interesting and enjoyable - believable characters, combined with situations that you can relate to - great free offering.
"Very very funny."
This really was laugh out loud funny. I loved it. And it was free. I will be investing in more Jon Ronson. 5 stars :-)
"Quality shorts for free"
Interesting, entertaining, realistic, enjoyable - believable characters, combined with situations that you can relate to - great free offering.
Much appreciated - Thanks
It didn't keep my attention, tried to get into several times but it just didn't happen for me.
"Definitly worth the price of entry"
I have not read the print version, but Jon Ronson's reading style is a total delight and I can't get enough of it. So for me hearing him read his own words beats reading them myself any day.
It's typical Ronson, stretching the boundaries of taste but never to the point of disgust, delighting in his own humiliation and giving wonderful insight into human behavior.
The subject matter is a lot lighter than in Them or The Psychopath Test, but Ronson's delivery is just as compelling.
"like listening to a man speaking about his family for 27 minutes, only in the cinema. 5 tars!"
This serves as a wonderful introduction to Jon Ronson's style if you are new to his work. If you are already a keen reader/listener of Ronson's then this is a great little freebie, like a bonus episode of his classic Radio 4 series but without the questionable back ground music.
But do be warned, there is some rather unpleasant language, so not for the easily offended.
This is undoubtedly the worst book ever! The stories have no content, nothing interesting and are read in a mono-tone, uninterested voice...so I was surprised to discover the narrator was the author.
Good job this was a free sample.
"will download more"
Very funny. As a fan of his Radio 4 series, I will happily download more of Ronson's audiobooks.
Thanks, Audible, for another great free taster.
The family member Jon Ronson most mercilessly portrays as pompous, delusional and subject to strange obsessions is himself. By comparison the subjects of his other articles, books and documentaries seem to have got off lightly.
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