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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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 10-09-12
    Diane United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    Kindle Customer 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

    Reading is fun and sometimes you find knowledge.

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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 2013
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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

    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.

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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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • Amazon Customer
    PETERBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    10/27/12
    Overall
    "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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