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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Audiobook

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.
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Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including The Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures. Always intrigued by our ability to believe the unbelievable, Jon meets the man preparing to welcome the aliens to Earth, the woman trying to build a fully conscious robotic replica of the love of her life and the Deal or No Deal contestants with a foolproof system to beat the Banker.

Jon realizes that it's possible for our madness to be a force for good when he meets America's real-life superheroes or a force for evil when he meets the Reverend 'Death' George Exoo, who has dubiously assisted in more than a hundred mercy killings. He goes to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams, asks Insane Clown Posse (who are possibly America's nastiest rappers) whether it's true they've actually been evangelical Christians all along and rummages through the extensive archives of Stanley Kubrick. Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these compelling encounters with people on the edge of madness will have you wondering just what we're capable of.

This is an updated edition with new afterword, written and narrated by Jon Ronson.

©2012 Jon Ronson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    RaisinNut PA, USA 11-26-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 11-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "A journey into the strange and bizarre!"

    My dad used to tell me, "The truth is stranger than fiction, Ange. You couldn't make this stuff up!"

    My dad would love Jon Ronson.

    Ronson is known for ferreting out strange people with strange beliefs or behaviors and exposing them to the world. He does it again in "Lost at Sea," a wonderful collection of tales about his odd encounters. Ronson makes himself a central character in all of his stories. He plays the good-natured skeptic who kind of wants to believe - the very role we imagine for ourselves in Ronson's place. His openness helps us empathize with his bizarre cast of characters. In the end, we, like Ronson, are a little bit better for having learned what they have to teach.

    Perhaps the best part of this book is that Ronson himself narrates, and no one could do it better. Each emotion is clearly expressed through his lilting accent, which is at times quite hilarious. I've said it in previous reviews and I will say it again, you will want to talk like Jon Ronson for days after listening to his work because everything sounds funnier when you say it like Jon Ronson.

    If you love the strange and bizarre, you will love this book. If you are a Ronson fan, you will not be disappointed by this latest installment of the strange and weird.

    ADDED BONUS:

    My top three picks:
    1) Doesn't everyone have a solar? (Ronson interviews high functioning robots.)

    2) Who killed Richard Cullen? (Ronson invents alteregos with various personality traits to see who is most likely to be solicited by ads for credit cards and bank loans.)

    3) Is she for real? (Ronson signs up for a cruise featuring "grumpy" psychic Sylvian Brown.)

    Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-17-12

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

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    "Worth Credit 4 Dry Witt Alone, Why Not Learn Too?"

    I have read all of Jon Ronson's books. And I'm pleased to say, I have enjoyed them all.

    Each book subject matter is different, which is refreshing, all the while he manages to convey a steady stream of self-deflecting observations. There is no way not to like this guy. Plus, you learn so much.
    Would I recommend using your credit to purchased this Audio Book? That would be A Huge HECK Yes! Notice I didn't swear. And your welcome. SMILE

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M. Morris 01-07-16
    M. Morris 01-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "enthralling"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries the most enjoyable?

    Every story was very interesting. I listened to it nonstop on a road trip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jon Ronson and his honesty


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    The slow pace.


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

    A peek into the word of lunatics


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably listen to all of Jon Ronson's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 12-31-15
    Dubi New York, NY 12-31-15

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Pop Anthropology"

    A collection of Jon Ronson articles, read by Ronson, primarily concerned with what motivates people to do, um, unusual things. There are religious and health cults here, the cults of personality and celebrity, the occult (faux psychics and UFOs), predatory lenders and predatory sex, and all sorts of fringe behavior.

    Ronson's M.O. is simple. He is a straightforward interviewer who knows how to get to the point while always making the interviewee feel like he's on their side. He's not about researching every angle or understanding everyone's side of the story. He is singularly focused on understanding his subject and their motivation. This can make him seem overly sympathetic to some bad people, but it's just his way of getting them to open up to him.

    There are some clunkers here, but most are at least good and many are in fact stunning. My favorite is the chapter on Insane Clown Posse -- I could almost feel Ronson's jaw dropping along with mine. Also the Who Wants to be a Millionaire cheat, Stanley Kubrick's hoarding, and the school shooting conspiracy in North Pole, Alska, where it's Christmas all year round. It helps of course that Ronson's is reading his own material, even with his quirky delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 12-16-15
    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 12-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting listen"

    I listened to every chapter with great interest. I frequently wondered how the author found so much time to do the research and spend the time needed with each of the subjects. Needless to say, I learned quite a bit about a variety of different things from real life super heroes (and mutual combat), Stanley Kubrick, and human euthanasia.

    The audio quality umped around a bit and it was apparent the recordings were made in different locations, sometimes within the same chapter. It was a bit distracting. The narrator also sounded tired at times and it was not the same quality as when he read Psychopath Test. Regardless, I will be listening to this recording again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bella dona 10-10-15
    Bella dona 10-10-15 Member Since 2016

    be humble for you are of the earth, be noble for you are made from stars.

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    "a great collection of stories"

    very entertaining stories and a smooth narration make this a enjoyable and thought provoking listen.

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    Melissa Lisk 08-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Stories!"

    I love Jon Ronson narrating his own books, which is rare. He's a great storyteller and this random collection is worth the purchase.

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    DM SAULT STE MARIE, ON, Canada 07-29-15
    DM SAULT STE MARIE, ON, Canada 07-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great commuting book"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries the most enjoyable?

    This is a series of articles written over the last ten years. He covers a wide range of topics. His observational style is engaging and the topics are interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Rohweder Durham, NC USA 07-21-15
    Roger Rohweder Durham, NC USA 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating investigative journalism"

    Very interesting stories, and very well told. Jon puts an interesting (twist? conclusion?) on his stories. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin A. Scott Venice, CA 07-12-15
    Erin A. Scott Venice, CA 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Organically grown in Los Angeles, Erin spends his time wielding technology, acquiring all the bitcoins and falling in love with everything

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    "I enjoyed this more than I originally thought"

    Jon Ronson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His wry self deprecating wit along with his penchant for the bizarre make for curious and interesting reads. I especially like this audio book since he's also got a strange yet curiously pleasing voice.

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    "super interesting"

    This is a group of diverse tales, all weird, fascinating and unique. worth a listen!

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  • David
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    3/17/16
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    "Disappointed"

    I loved Publicly Shamed. This is a collection of articles (excellent in their own right it has to be said) meaning there's no cohesion / guiding principle to drive the book.

    If read all his other books first and then read this. It's good but not his best. Still a big fan.5

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    "Really enjoyed it "

    I like the variety of the stories and how Jon Ronson tells and narrates them.

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  • Philip Cowhig
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    12/6/15
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    "Mixed bag of Jon Ronson's thoughtful articles"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to be better than the print version?

    No opinion - have not read in print.


    What other book might you compare Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to, and why?

    V similar to other Jon Ronson title, but this is a series of articles. Some similarities to the likes of Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell, but with a lighter touch, a more emotional view, and with Ronson appearing as a character in his own journalistic stories.


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

    Phoenix Jones


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

    Story of the family of the Girl "Lost at Sea"


    Any additional comments?

    It is quite a mixed bag but the unifying theme (mostly) is Ronson's desire to get close to the "real" people behind unusual stories or events.

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  • mike ryan
    12/3/15
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    "No Idea What This Book Was About"

    Have read many Jon Ronson books over the years and quite enjoyed them,this seems like a collection of oddities that didn't make the cut for other projects,there doesn't seem to be any theme other than poking a cheap laugh at some assorted weirdoes Ronson has interviewed for various reasons.Seems like he's realised he can make a few mortgage payments by sticking his name on anything.dissappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Houghton
    Scotland
    12/1/15
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    "Another awesome book by Jon Ronson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to be better than the print version?

    Yes as Jon Ronson reading it adds to the enjoyment and intrigue of the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A mixture of stories about some weird and wonderful people.


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

    yes, this one is just as good as the others.


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

    the last story about the real life superheroes was really interesting and shows the kindness of humans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs W.
    11/27/15
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    "Fact always stranger than fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to be better than the print version?

    Being a former documentary maker I have always believed real happenings and people are much more interesting than fiction and celebrities and this book absolutely proves that. Some moments of tragedy but mostly it made me laugh more than anything I've ever listened to before. I had my earphones on under a hat listening to it and people must have thought I was mentally unhinged bursting into laughter in public for no apparent reason!
    Jon Ronson has the perfect voice for it and it's brilliantly read. It's an example of a case where I think being an audiobook really added to the experience as opposed to reading the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Senior Prezidente
    9/26/15
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    "Great slices of fascinating tales"

    Loved this from start to finish. Jon gets into the heart of such a wide array of interesting stories its enjoyable from the first second til the last. If you like his work, buy on sight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    8/29/15
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    "So, so interesting..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed every minute


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

    His delivery, and his own interpretation of his text


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

    James Bond section had me laughing out loud


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot rate this highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    8/7/15
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    "Entertaining and thought provoking"

    One of Ronson's earlier works, compiling articles from the Guardian newspaper from around 2005(ish). These are thought provoking and entertaining stories that often brought to my attention things I hadn't even considered or offered a more human perspective of familiar news reports/ current affairs. The chapters are quite varied in subject, but never fail to be anything other than top notch. A great audio book for driving or doing the ironing to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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