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
Querky delightfully entrtaining
All the characters were so different. Each fascinating. A look into the fringes of our human family. And yet they might not be so fringe. One must ask oneself, what part of them is in me.
Ron's matter of fact voicing of the book was perfect. He reads the story without imposing any hint of sarcasm, judgment, or humor. Only irony is left.
I looked forward to each chapter to see what new weird situation and people Jon would introduce me to. I found it fascinating to look into a multiplicity of realities and people.
Jon is fearless in going for the story even when it was dangerous. He's a dispassionate observer and invites us to tag along. Loved it.
I love his unique perspective and read!
Fun and thought-provoking.
This audio book DELIGHTED me. Thank you, John Ronson! I look forward to more!
I love Jon Ronson. There is nothing he finds interesting that doesn't also interest me as well. Hearing him read the book is so soothing, and also riveting. It's like sitting with him as he tells you the most fascinating stories. The Psychopath Test was great, but this is almost more fun, as each chapter is a new story. So fun, compelling, and you just can't turn it off!!
Wow, the story about the Disney employee who fell overboard is just riveting. Also, the story about the chapter about real life super heroes. I also really love the story about his trying to live out the adventures of James Bond. Dang it . . . I love them all.
I love hearing him recount the stories himself. They are so personal and the conversations so interesting, and it is wonderful to imagine the inflection and emphasis of everyone's voice must have happened exactly as he reads it.
Tell us about yourself!Woof, woof woof ( I love audible, chasin and killin defenseless kittens and eatin em...yummy ). I luv dem thriller stories, and dream of J.D. Robb & yours truly doggy style, howl! Anyway, I is jus kiddin bout the kitties with peace, good health and lots of happy readin y'all!
Just another blimey, blabbering Brit eschewing on everything from mindless reality television, game show contestants and other droll topics of whimsical fancy. I profess to the difficulties of writers conjuring up novels filled with such imaginative storytelling and playful prose, enough that is to warrant a book deal and being lauded by the great Audible.com. Sadly, Mr. Ronson will not be on my holiday stocking stuffer to give or get lists this year...BLAH HUMBUG!!!
Why the writer was allowed to read his own book is beyond me. He rambles on about what - I'm not sure. Maybe if a professional read it, it would have made sense or sounded interesting.
This is the second book I couldn't finish and have now deleted it. Wish I could get my credit back.
I seriously tried, several times, to listen to this book. I could barely understand a word the reader said. Maybe this is a good book, but I cannot say. Very disappointing.
I am the Evil Mama
The narrator drove me nuts; couldn't listen any more to the lisps and oh, so, soft voice. Kept wanting to slap him and say, "Man Up!"
I think Jon Ronson is a fantastic reporter and has lived an extraordinary life. I would love to meet him at a dinner party. That being said, I thought every sentence sounded the same. The inflection, pitch, timber, and timing were all on the same length for almost every sentence. Very robotic read. I had to skip some of the chapters that were less interesting because his voice couldn't keep me engaged.
Why spoil it all by reading it yourself, Jon? I have read a few books by Jon Ronson and loved them. I watched Men who stare at goats (based on his novel), and was actually surprised by its peculiar take on ESP. But this audio book was a complete disappointment because Jon Ronson decided (or was invited) to read it himself. And he has the most monotonous, slumber-inducing voice I have ever heard. I had to give up, after a few attempts. I think I'll go back and read the paper version. Or try again when this book will be recorded with a different, professional narrator, who can really give credit to the surprising stories told here.
Nothing. This was awful. I could not get beyond 30 minutes of it. There should be a ZERO rating option for it. That being said, the content was BORING. The first "chapter" was a tedious narrative about a game show/reality show in England that was completely unremarkable. It seemed to go downhill from there.
Something that I check out more carefully.
Hard to say, since content-wise, the book was not enjoyable for me. The narrator is the author -- not a disqualifier by any means, but this particular author does not have a particularly expressive, pleasant, or interesting voice.
This is tied with one other book as the worst audio book I ever purchased. It underscores the advantage of print -- if I had browsed a few pages I would never have bought it. From now on, I will "research" unfamiliar authors on Amazon or at my local bookstore.
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