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
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.
Fantastic and unique stories very well written.
I will be honest, 5 minutes into the book I bailed on it. The author, Jon Ronson, has a very, very unique voice with a unique English accent. It's a mix of a feminist and a unique accent that didn't work for me. Since audio books rely on both the story AND the delivery to be appealing I had to turn off the audio book. I re-read the reviews and people raved about the stories so I gutted through it and ended up REALLY enjoying the stories in this book. They are done very, very well and I am glad I gave it a second chance. If you have a low tolerance for unique voices perhaps look elsewhere.
several fun and intriguing stories. several fun and intriguing stories. Author has an interesting few of the world. would be nice if there was some resolve to a few of these stories comma but doesn't really happen. still full of a lot of interesting and thought-provoking things.
Yes and I would and there's no question that I will. There's a lot of information and a lot of interesting thought provoking articles. I didn't even know who this guy was before getting this book on sale - now I want all of his books.
Maybe you could say it's similar to Christopher Hitchen's book on his essays - but not exactly...
Well, he was very matter of fact and has a great way of drawing you in without being overly dramatic.
It made me laugh and cry
So worth a listen.
Jon Ronson is my new favorite author. I love this book! There are so many great mini stories within this book, I just finished all 15 hours within 3 days 😊💖
These are marvelous stories of interesting people, told in a way that my mind will keep going back to reference. Jon's voice is so gentle and muted that it is difficult to hear and concentration wanders when this happens.
Life is too short to so many good books.
The British journalist and writer Jon Ronson offers a different look about people and their stories in Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, even without translation into Brazil. The book contains several articles that address topics in gonzo style, in which the author will investigate, interviewing and becomes almost a character in the plot.
In its 28 chapters, the book provides intriguing and surprising stories. The story of a psychic charlatan, the painter who signed works done by his wife for decades, fraud in a program like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," the suspicious disappearance of a young woman over a Disney cruise and narrative about musician and businessman show business Jonathan King, arrested because of several counts of child sexual abuse are just some of the fascinating subjects counted with talent Ronson.
The chapter about Daniel Johnston.
The best known of the six author's books is The men who stared at goats, released as a film in 2009 with Ewan McGregor and George Clooney in the cast. The book, next to the psychopath test, was released in Brazil. But the work of Jon Ronson goes beyond the printed texts. Stanley Kubrick's Boxes is a documentary directed by the author that should be seen by every admirer of the filmmaker and his work.
One of my favorite Audible books! A wide-ranging series of articles covering all manor of characters, from the merely goofy to the seriously frightening. Ronson's ability to find the humanity in his each of his subjects is what makes these so interesting. And his unique voice keeps you right there. My wish list is now full of Jon Ronson.
"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 !
"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.
"A really informative and entertaining listen"
Top 20, definitely
Ronson's delivery is hilarious and his writing is very engaging
His slightly whiny tone is very idiosyncratic and makes perfect sense with his writing style
I loved his James Bond Journey recreation, and exploration of Kubrick's boxes
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