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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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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-12-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 10-09-12
    Diane United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Painfully honest and always funny"
    Any additional comments?

    As always, Jon Ronson is thought-provoking and funny in this glimpse into his personal life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 09-22-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Mildly adult amusement"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE 10-15-12
    LeSLiE 10-15-12

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "A Funny, Free, Family Portrait!"

    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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sean SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 10-11-12
    Sean SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 10-11-12

    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!!!

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    "Great sense of humor"
    What did you love best about FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    It was free and of excellent quality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon himself because he thinks in the abstract and outside of the box, but never leaves reality. A quality i wish i had.


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    The extreme wit and brute honesty


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

    Comfortably Dysfunctional


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dataman 10-05-12
    Dataman 10-05-12

    But it’s a Kosher frog!

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    "Entertaining Little Freebie"

    Cute and entertaining. Like Seinfield, it all about nothing. I look forward to the release of his next book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alia Rochester, MI, United States 04-13-13
    Alia Rochester, MI, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Thanks Audible!"
    Would you listen to FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life again? Why?

    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?


    What other book might you compare FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life to and why?

    It has a similar style to Jon Ronson's other books.


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

    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.


    If you could take any character from FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, Jon Ronson, of course. And he could bring his son along too, he sounds adorable.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 02-22-13
    Amanda 02-22-13 Member Since 2012

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "It had a few good moments"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    San I Am Derwood, MD, US 12-16-12
    San I Am Derwood, MD, US 12-16-12 Member Since 2012

    Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.

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    "A treat"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; quick, witty observations. Self-deprecating, though clever & relatable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene with his son requesting curse guidance hit home for me.


    Who was the most memorable character of FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it up, Jon! We need the laughs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 12-02-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 12-02-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Charming"

    These stories are very funny and charming in an offbeat way. I really enjoyed the author narrating his own work which sometimes does not work out as well as this one did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • christine
    WIGTON, United Kingdom
    11/11/12
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    "A good laugh"

    Really loved both stories and the narration. First class. Only complaint was there weren't enough short stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom
    10/13/12
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    "Brilliant"

    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!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    3/21/13
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    "Interesting!!!"

    Interesting and enjoyable - believable characters, combined with situations that you can relate to - great free offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GinMummy
    Surrey
    3/11/13
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    "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 :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "Quality shorts for free"

    Interesting, entertaining, realistic, enjoyable - believable characters, combined with situations that you can relate to - great free offering.

    Much appreciated - Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Chesham, Bucks, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Definitly worth the price of entry"
    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 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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    The subject matter is a lot lighter than in Them or The Psychopath Test, but Ronson's delivery is just as compelling.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "like listening to a man speaking about his family for 27 minutes, only in the cinema. 5 tars!"


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "Absolutely awful!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SnapWriter
    London, UK
    4/16/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Delicious"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Chief Yoshi
    West Midlands, UK
    4/13/13
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    "A freebie!"

    Jon Ronson is a favourite author of mine; always sharp, pithy, and yet slightly bemused. This is a wonderful little freebie that contains his usually accurate, and funny, observations.



    Jon Ronson himself is an engaging reader, telling his stories with just the right amount of verve. Download if you appreciate Louis Theroux. If you enjoy this try: 'The Psychopath Test', 'Lost at Sea', or 'Them'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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