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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Escanaba, MI, USA 07-05-15
    Stephen Escanaba, MI, USA 07-05-15 Member Since 2006
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    "The listener"
    What did you love best about Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries?

    The ability of Mr. Jon Ronson to respect the characters with whom he interacts. HIs respect for the "Oddballs" of the world is worthy of praise. He is a true "participate observer" and a balanced translator of the humans who he encounters.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I enjoyed his authentic presentation and enthusiasm for his topic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick they are all good stories. I think the "Lost at Sea" is very well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Jon Ronson, whose name seems like a dyslexic joke I very much enjoyed your work. The NLP story is what Ronson was told but it omits Virginia Satir, the primary teacher for Bandler and Grinder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 07-04-15
    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2010

    I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.

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    "Intriguing collection!"
    If you could sum up Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

    bizarre, witty, and thought provoking.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Each story takes on its own tone and reveals something altogether familiar and yet exposes the crazier/weirder side of our world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think one of my favorite chapters was when Ron Jonson took on the role of bond in a road trip. It was pretty hilarious and interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to listen, but do to the nature of the book having different stories in different chapters it was easy to pause in-between the chapters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Gerbic Salinas, CA 06-27-15
    Susan Gerbic Salinas, CA 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    As I think back on all the stories I can't select a favorite one. I know that these stories are going to stay with me for years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allison BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-20-12
    Allison BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-20-12
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    "Good Read"
    Where does Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it's one of the better ones. It's more of a bunch of little stories so it's better if you are going to listen a little at a time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jon Ronson before, how does this one compare?

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

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

    The wacky world


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    Timothy 02-04-16
    Timothy 02-04-16 Member Since 2015

    Musician and runner living on the island of Jeju in South Korea.

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    "Stories from the fringe"

    Follow Jon Ronson as he explores the fascinating and strange. Anchored by Ronson's consistent skepticism, this series of stories is a nice overview of Ronson's journeys as a reporter. From the Insane Clown Posse to a Disney cruise-liner, Ronson stops at nothing to push his understanding of how the world works. The stories can be interesting, funny, heartbreaking, and baffling. "Lost at Sea" is a must listen for Ronson fans and conspiracy theorists alike.

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    karen newell 06-24-15
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    "These stories kept my attention"

    An engaging series of magazine type, personal interest articles. The stories were well written. The narration was top notch.

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    Jonathan 06-24-15
    Jonathan 06-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Jon Ronson at his best"

    There are literally no missteps in the collection of short articles written by Ronson. They essentially read as extremely interesting and in-depth non-fiction stories, each one as thorough and thought provoking as the last.

    Somehow each one seems to top the one preceding it, culminating in the opus story of Phoenix Jones at the very end. What a fantastic book, made all the better hearing these stories actually out of Ronson's mouth.

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  • Family
    Veltem-Beisem, Belgium
    9/29/14
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    "A collection of suprising real life stories"

    This is quite a big collection of short stories/articles that Jon Ronson wrote over the years. His style of journalism is very distinct and it is not for every one, he makes himself part of the story. But I quite enjoyed that. I always like listening to a book read by the author because they know how they intended it to be read and for these stories that was definilty the case. I do have to say that I did expect more 'fun' strange stories but there were a couple of truly depressing ones. One of them I actually did not listen to because it is a subject which is bit tough for me personally. But overall I really enjoyed this book.
    I did look for other material by Jon Ronson and found that he repeats himself in his books, so if you already own some of his books, make sure you realise there might be some overlap!

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  • Jayneylonglegs
    Lancashire
    9/22/14
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    "Classic Ronson, enthralling as ever."
    Would you listen to Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries again? Why?

    Yes, some more than others. Some of the chapters were more interesting to me than others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries?

    I enjoyed the chapters about Bond, the North Pole and the Alpha Course. I would return to these again.


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

    Hard to say really, as he is the main character throughout, it is his thoughts and opinions and interviews. He is incredibly likeable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have done had I the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth reading/listening, also check out his book the Psychopath Test. That was brilliant.

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  • Nigel
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Hugely enjoyable"

    The pleasure of reading Jon Ronson's books is surpassed by listening to his narration of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Bizarre, Fascinating & uplifting in equal measure"

    I have a been a on and off again fan of Jon Ronson's over the years but this is the first of his audio book versions I'd bought. Totally 'unputdownable' if that word works in an audio context.



    The series of oddball people and situations that Jon becomes involved in (and sometimes creates) are interesting and you leave each scenario feeling intellectually challenged but wanting more. Highlights for me include Robbie Williams and Jon at a UFO convention, the odd 'friendship' with Jonathan King

    and the archiving of Stanley Kubrick's boxes the culmination of which left me literally in tears.



    If you want to experience the range of human 'uniqueness' I heartily recommend this book and Jon's understated reading of his own work adds to the experience (rather than as some author read pieces can, detract).



    The measure of a good audiobook for me is how it stands up on a re-listen and this one I think will be added to my re-listen list quite quickly.

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  • Mr
    Oswestry, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "a real pleasure"

    Listening to and audio written and read by the same person works so well in this context. Jon Ronson has a certain style to his writing and I feel this is enhanced by listening to him.



    I love these short stories, they are a perfect length. By the time Jon wraps up one story you are ready to hear the next. Each story is as quirky and interesting as the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Superb"

    Consistently excellent, I would (and do) recommend anything by Jon Ronson. This is fascinating, insightful, funny and chilling. A 5 star listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • elliot
    manchester, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Ronson Is Consistently Interesting"

    JRs subject matter is often bizzare and here they range from the funny to the frightening. The chapter sizes make it great for the commute as each one is a story in itself. JRs narration helps you get the emphasis at the right places, and although his voice isn't immediately gripping he presents it well. Really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • brendan
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "lost at sea but certainly not drowning"

    a 'pale little man' with a powerful turn of phrase - jon ronson's never less than sincere, probing and wittily perceptive journalism ceaslessly enthralls. A great colleciton of articles presented to perfection, his voice in your head reverberates with insightful observation. just brilliant !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janeyjane_UK
    Hull, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Great stories, but need updating!"

    I'm strangely addicted to Jon Ronson's view of the world. He's so unassuming and unthreatening so somehow he manages to get the most amazing insight and takes on stories. This is a collection of old stories and articles, some of which I'd read, (and bought!), previously, so bit disappointed with the age of the stories, hence only 4 stars!! Interestingly, though, many of the topics sounded just as topical today, so would be great to see him revisit some of those stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. C. Harlan
    London
    12/3/14
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    "A really informative and entertaining listen"
    Where does Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20, definitely


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ronson's delivery is hilarious and his writing is very engaging


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    His slightly whiny tone is very idiosyncratic and makes perfect sense with his writing style


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

    I loved his James Bond Journey recreation, and exploration of Kubrick's boxes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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