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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Audiobook

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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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

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    Brendan Kharkiv 05-25-16
    Brendan Kharkiv 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Mixed Bag"

    I loved The Psychopath Test so had high hopes for this. Unlike that book, Lost at Sea is a collection of various pieces Ronson has written over the years at the Guardian. As a result, this is something of a mixed bag. Some of the content here is great - Ronson's pursuit of the "psychic" huckster Sylvia Browne aboard a cruise ship, is one of many highlights. But there are far too many lowlights too. The longest piece here is about Frank, an eccentric former band mate of Ronson's whose shtick is that he wears a big fake rubber head. Not nearly as captivating a character as Ronson obviously believes him to be.

    All in all, worth a listen but Ronson has done far better than this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Morris 01-07-16
    M. Morris 01-07-16 Member Since 2017
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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.

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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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    Lissy 08-05-15
    Lissy 08-05-15 Member Since 2012

    Audiobook & podcast Junkie. I'm that annoying person who you see wearing earbuds 24/7.

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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
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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.


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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.

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    2/8/17
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    A great collection of interesting and insightful stories told in Jon Ronsons usual engaging way. Brilliantly paced and very entertaining

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  • Alan K
    1/17/17
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    "good but not his best"

    I enjoyed John's book as ever. an interesting collection of stories. a must have if you enjoy his writing but I'd recommend The Psychopath Test or Them if you haven't already read/listened to his work.

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  • Ms. Deborah Klayman
    12/27/16
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    "An entertaining, eclectic mix of stories"

    An entertaining, eclectic mix of stories narrated by the author. From Stanley Kubrick's research boxes to Frank Sidebottom via real life superheroes and co-called psychics, there is something for everyone.

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  • V. Corrigan
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    "fasinating"

    So many amazing stories put together by Jon Ronson. The stories were both witty and moving and completely bonkers in places

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  • Neil
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    11/28/16
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    "The perfect commuting companion"

    Each chapter is a different story and I found them all engaging and entertaining. Ronson's soft voice is the perfect accompaniment to the tales. As a writer, he is very generous to his subjects both where he agrees with them and where he is skeptical.

    I would have loved this to be longer!

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  • Lucy
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    11/4/16
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    "Laugh out loud moments couple with such sincerity"

    What a great book. Well narrated. The stories range between sparky anecdotes to amusing stories and sometimes such shocking truths. A must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    11/2/16
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    "greatly entertaining and interesting"

    Brilliant book wonderfully performed. loved every story only complaint is that it wasn't longer. Even the shorter stories are good and each one makes you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    10/30/16
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    "anything ronson is good"

    interesting, laugh out loud funny and great narration. loved it and looking to buy my next one asap

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karyn
    10/16/16
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    "Could listen to Jon all day!"
    Any additional comments?

    They say that the truth is often stranger than fiction, but I found that I didn't even care if what Jon was writing was just his interpretation of the truth.

    His writing style and the fact that he was narrating drew me in, leaving me relieved that my life is actually pretty unexceptional and mundane in comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/11/16
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    "not worth the trouble"

    I was ready to give up after first few chapters but thought I'd give it a chance. My audible app gave up on it after 10 and refused to play it coming up with an error message. It was not meant to be, would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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