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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries | [Jon Ronson]

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 fool proof 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.

©2012 Jon Ronson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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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.


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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.

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    karen newell 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    andrew Singapore, Singapore 06-21-15
    andrew Singapore, Singapore 06-21-15 Member Since 2008
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    "great as usual"

    I like the unpretentious style of Jon Ronson's storytelling AND narrating.
    the stories are incredible, interesting and highly entertaining.

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    Mario 05-21-15
    Mario 05-21-15
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    "Great collection I shorter stories"

    Liked some chapters/stories better than others but love Ronson's writing so much. Very thought provoking in a subtle way.

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    S. Cardenas 05-18-15
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    "Great read"

    This was a great read (or in my case a great listen). Got a bit list in last story which is why I give it 4 stars instead of 5 but otherwise well worth it.


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    Viktor 05-08-15
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    "Amazing stories"

    Written with humility, humor and wit. Jon Ronson is phenomenal. A a a a a a a a a a

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    Helen 05-02-15
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    "Excellent and fascinating."

    I want his job. What a fascinating life he has! Even handed and honest, I can honestly say my eyes were opened.

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    Joshua Kring 04-12-15 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "The least helpful Lost At Sea review."
    Any additional comments?

    Jon Ronson is EXTREMELY British!

    I'm talking about jolly good show, have a spot of tea, God save the queen British. I was taken aback at first by his accent, but the shock didn't last long. The articles in this collection are so compelling that after a few minutes I didn't mind his accent. In fact, I got to where I kind of enjoyed it. I don't believe anyone else should have read this book.

    Wow, these stories were awesome. They ranged from big credit companies taking advantage of the working class to the darkest side of assisted suicides. There was even one about Stanley Kubrick's estate and the huge collection of strangeness that was stored there.

    He tells them all with an unbiased voice. It's a strange thing to explain. Once I understood what a particular article was about I would immediately have an opinion (and often an emotional reaction), but as the article progressed Mr. Ronson would have me sympathizing with the opposite view.

    The one about SETI inspired me to read Paul Davies' book "The Eerie Silence." The one where he interviewed the father of a highschool student arrested for conspiracy to commit mass murder at his Alaskan school made me want to cry. The one where he patrolled the streets with real life superheroes made me laugh while at the same time scared the crap out of me.

    Listening to this book was kind of like watching a documentary news program like 20/20 or Dateline, albeit a very British version of these shows. Did I mention how British Jon Ronson is? Sometimes the britishness was confusing. Like, when he talked about the English court system. What's a barrister?

    If I haven't made it clear, I'm now a HUGE Jon Ronson fan. As soon as I get more credits I'll be purchasing more of his books.

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    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.

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  • 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 !

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  • 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.

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