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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Audiobook

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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Publisher's Summary

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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    E. A. Scott Los Feliz, CA 07-12-15
    E. A. Scott Los Feliz, CA 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Erin Scott

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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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    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.


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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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    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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    Viktor 05-08-15
    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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    Joshua Kring 04-12-15 Member Since 2016

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "The least helpful Lost At Sea review."
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    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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    Amazon Customer United States 01-12-15
    Amazon Customer United States 01-12-15

    Vain Pursuits

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    "Entertaining"

    I liked it. Jon Ronson has a knack for storytelling. The book is quite interesting although I think the psycopath test is his best yet. I gave it there stars because of the foul language and over detailed description of the deeds of paedophiles . I really don't care much for private lives and intimate acts of individuals on the fringe s of society

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    Jonas 01-14-14
    Jonas 01-14-14

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    "As good as Ronson usually is"
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    Not as good as some, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in breadth. Ronson's usual wry humor is as good as ever.

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  • 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.

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  • Lee
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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.

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  • Nick
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    "Insightful and humorous"

    Really enjoyed the compact stories made me want to look deeper in the subjects he investigates will definitely read another one of Ronson's books.

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  • Amazon Customer
    London, England
    5/21/15
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    "Fascinating"

    Great collection of Ronson's journalistic adventures, read by the man himself. Funny, moving, and at times quite saddening, but always interesting. Highly recommended.

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  • Victoria
    4/30/15
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    "Endearingly brilliant"

    Ron Johnson has just become my new favourite author and narrator and I have obsessively bought two other books before finishing this one.

    As a journalist his life and career, which appear to merge, is quite incredible. What stories he tells of his adventures but he describes in such a matter of fact way, almost childlike at times, constantly asking questions. But then he intelligently provides his observations and reflections, non threateningly guiding through some thought provoking events, with humour interjected appropriately, often taking me by surprise and I laughed out loud with him! This along with his diction, and gentle approach, makes him very endearing.

    Remarkable stories, wonderful observations, written expertly but with integrity and humour and narrated perfectly. What more could we want.

    I devoured this 13 hour book in two days and have been to work in the day time,.. Now onto book two, something to do with psychopaths, can't wait!!

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  • Karen
    2/27/15
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    "Amazing as always."

    Love Jon's books. Fascinating from the first story to the last and totally entertaining. This has been my favourite so far.

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  • DanChaput
    2/9/15
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    "Jon ronson is ace"

    This is funny, intriguing and astonishing. Jon's narrative style is very enjoyable. I'm going to search out his other work now

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  • Jamie Giles
    12/16/14
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    "extremely interesting"

    Between each short story, I struggle to pick a favourite, each was interesting and some emotional. highly recommended.

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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.

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