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
No. Cannot understand him. Accent is way too strong
Have some one else read the book
I can't think of anyone unless they are doing drugs while reading it like Ecstasy or similar.
Ronson's books for sure.
Pretty much all of it. I would return it if I could.
Really? A mystery? After 4 hours of listening, I could not pick up story much less a mystery. It was just a string of unrelated bizarre events from a trivial game show to robots to religion and speaking in tongues to following the path of a James Bond film to aliens to Stanley Kubrick. That's when I gave up.
I struggled with whether to give this a 2 or 3 star rating. I eventually settled on the three star, because there was enough material in it that kept me interested. However, there was also quite a bit that I could care less about, either because it wasn't interesting to me or because I had no idea who the person was he was talking about. I also agree with what several other reviewers said: the endings of the stories were abrupt at times and it left you with a sense of incompletion.
Additionally, I said it before on one of his prior audio books, and I will say it again: I don't think he is best suited to narrate his own books. I bought two of his other books at the same time because the topics looked interesting, but if I had realized he narrated all of them, I may have thought twice before doing so.
Essentially a collection of his journals, mildly interesting, sometimes funny, but not engaging. No mystery except perhaps the lost at sea story. Narration leaves something to be desired - one would not say it's his own work. I enjoyed it but bought it for the mystery, disappointed in that respect.
Fantastic set of stories ... amusing, fascinating and always interesting. Thoroughly worth every minute of listening, with Ronson's droll recounting of these stories an enjoyable element of the audiobook. Long content too... was amazed at how many chapters and stories kept rolling out.
Jon Ronson has real life super powers. I once saw a robbery about to take place outside of a dingy fish market in Chinatown. As the bandits exited the shop with dated 20s mafia accents, Jon Ronson landed with deafening impact in his gold and red super suit. In spite of his practical nature he also sported a gaudy long blue cape emblazoned with several sponsored logos for obscure indie bands. Jon's eyes then lit fire and he sprayed the stolen fish imbuing them with seasoning from his mystic breath powers. We all had a barbecue there. It was pretty cool.
I love audible books, although I've been a voracious reader before I joined Audible. I long for really good books. I've had a few.
Thought I would hate this book. Ended up loving it. Author became my best friend on our early morning walks. Just lovely spending time with Jon Ronston and his stories.
"Fact always stranger than fiction"
Being a former documentary maker I have always believed real happenings and people are much more interesting than fiction and celebrities and this book absolutely proves that. Some moments of tragedy but mostly it made me laugh more than anything I've ever listened to before. I had my earphones on under a hat listening to it and people must have thought I was mentally unhinged bursting into laughter in public for no apparent reason!
Jon Ronson has the perfect voice for it and it's brilliantly read. It's an example of a case where I think being an audiobook really added to the experience as opposed to reading the book.
"Great slices of fascinating tales"
Loved this from start to finish. Jon gets into the heart of such a wide array of interesting stories its enjoyable from the first second til the last. If you like his work, buy on sight.
"So, so interesting..."
I enjoyed every minute
His delivery, and his own interpretation of his text
James Bond section had me laughing out loud
I cannot rate this highly enough.
"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.
"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.
Great collection of Ronson's journalistic adventures, read by the man himself. Funny, moving, and at times quite saddening, but always interesting. Highly recommended.
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!!
"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.
"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
Between each short story, I struggle to pick a favourite, each was interesting and some emotional. highly recommended.
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