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Them: Adventures with Extremists Audiobook

Them: Adventures with Extremists

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Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and witnesses international CEOs and politicians participate in a bizarre pagan ritual in the forests of northern California.

Them is a fascinating and entertaining exploration of extremism, in which Jon learns some alarming things about the looking-glass world of ‘them’ and ‘us’. Are the extremists on to something? Or has Jon become one of Them?

©2012 Jon Ronson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A funny, superbly controlled account of [Ronson’s] wanderings through the wonderland of fanaticism and delusion." (Brian Appleyard, New Statesman)

"This book is chilling and hilarious by turns. Ronson’s trademark laid-back attitude is a delight." (Independent)

"A funny and compulsively readable picaresque adventure through a paranoid shadow world." (Louis Theroux, Guardian)

"Ronson plays up to his charming buffoonery... But he is an acute social commentator. He is compelling." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Ross 06-30-16
    Ross 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ha ha, that's all I have to say, ha ha!"

    I felt quite paranoid to the end but it was refreshing to know I'm not entirely the most delusional person in the world. Hail the lizard people!

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    Maria C Ehlers 05-07-16 Member Since 2007
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    "A Reminder that Vantage Point is Critical "

    The story teeters between hilarious and horrific. An excellent example of the way people see what they want to see.

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    Neil Taylor 05-02-16
    Neil Taylor 05-02-16
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    "Undercover Jewish writer lifts the lid on global conspiracy"

    I'd write more, but I'm afraid my reviews are being monitored by 10ft tall alien lizards from the Bilderberg group. Wake up sheeple! Buy this book before they suppress it!

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    jay 04-28-16
    jay 04-28-16
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    "he's a great writer but the book rambles"

    And the story is a bit disjointed, the big reveal at the end was certainly intriguing.

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    Kunal 03-07-16
    Kunal 03-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "easy listen but not very thought provoking"

    lacks depth. full of overemphasized detailed accounts of his encounters. gets boring to hear at times.

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    Jodi SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-10-16
    Jodi SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A random wander"

    There are enough comical moments to keep the book interesting. The random assortment of stories and characters can be a little hard to follow. The quick moves from deeply sad moments to wierd to funny to... is also jarring. Okay, but I would be hesitant to read another by this author.

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    TABHairoun 01-27-16
    TABHairoun 01-27-16

    I write stuff and take pictures

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    "A fun look at extremists"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Yup, Jon Ronson actually makes it fun. Ronson is great at telling stories that use the mundane bits of conversation. Mundane but important when they all come together. Half the time I listened to this I wasn't sure if the extremists were really crazy (they were) or if maybe they were on to something...is the conspiracy theory real (it's not...well...maybe...kinda)???


    Have you listened to any of Jon Ronson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would not buy a Jon Ronson audio book unless he were narrating. It would lose too much.


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    Thomas McKinney, TX 01-27-16
    Thomas McKinney, TX 01-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "For conspiracy theorists"

    It was interesting. I guess the narrator (which is the author) was a little dry but it was worth the listen.

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    Jessica Smarr 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    ""Hoodwinked by racists""
    What did you love best about Them: Adventures with Extremists?

    Jon Ronson manages to report on the ridiculous in a manner that is simultaneously sensitive and hilarious. I find the subject matter of extremists inherently interesting, but Ronson's masterful coverage of it made this one of my new favorite books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Them: Adventures with Extremists?

    The chapter about David Icke and his reptoid hypothesis was life changing. This book opened up a whole world of conspiracy theories to me, and I have had just the best time looking up alien lizards on the internet over the past week.

    I mean, I just can't get over the mental picture I now have of George W. Bush unzipping his human-skin suit to reveal his lizard-y form. (I know that's probably not in line with the reptoid hypothesis, but I love the idea too much to give it up.)


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    Book Junkie Inglewood, CA, USA 01-08-16
    Book Junkie Inglewood, CA, USA 01-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this writer!"

    funny, insightful clear-eyed view of sometimes eerily prophetic extremists and delusional psychopaths. Very entertaining and informative to boot!

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  • Elisa
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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    "Classic Jon Ronson"
    Where does Them: Adventures with Extremists rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Completely fascinating, enjoyed it tremendously. Sometimes I was aghast and sometimes tearful and always with that amusement that comes with Ronson's delivery.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


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  • P. W. Burridge
    uk
    10/9/13
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    "Ronson hooks you with this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Them: Adventures with Extremists to be better than the print version?

    The audio version for this book is just great, i think if i had the print version i would still be reading it now. Thats not to say the print version wouldnt be great as well. But the audio version is so flexible


    What other book might you compare Them: Adventures with Extremists to, and why?

    Lost at sea, because this is what Jon Ronson is good at the secret societys etc


    What does Jon Ronson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Feeling


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E. Fitzgerald
    Swansea UK
    5/10/13
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    "Jon Ronson Rocks!"

    I absolutely love books by Jon Ronson and already have a fine collection of his books, so am completely biased in a review. Any book by him is well worth a read though, honest! His journalistic style is brilliant, looking in to the most extreme behaviours of human nature that are sometimes so bizarre you have to go back and listen/read again, just to be sure you heard/read right.
    Excellent :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "'Them' is wonderful journalism and comedy"

    I'd already hugely enjoyed reading the book, but Jon Ronson's narration of the fascinating content is an even greater pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. A. Atkin
    brighton, uk
    4/11/13
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    "Classic Ronson"

    I really enjoyed this book and like Ronsons style. He spends years researching his subject material and presents a non inflammatory relatively rounded view of extremism.



    Essentially this a a good listen and kept me interested and laughing till the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • La Maison
    Rhuddlan, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Jon Ronson tells it as it is"

    This book, written by Jon Ronson, manages to enter the psychy of the extremists he is looking at. He has a rare gift of being able to enter arenas where others wouldn't dare (read his other books to e.g. the Psycopath tests and Men who stare at goats). Not only does he enter these worlds but he still somehow remains quite a humble guy. His style of writing draws the reader in. We listened to this audio book whilst driving in France and we didn't want to stop for coffee because we didn't want to switch off the book. Definitely a good read/listen and I would certainly (and do) recommend his books widely

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Excellent"

    This was the first book I read by Jon Ronson so it's always had a special place in my heart. Years on it's still as brilliant as I remember, especially now hearing the author narrate.

    The world has changed a lot since this book was written but rather than being dated it's an interesting flashback to extreme politics and conspiracies theories, pre-9/11.



    Later events have put a very different complexion on the subjects of this book. Some positive, some negative but it's a fascinating listen throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • craig mckechnie
    6/5/15
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    "from the horses mouth"

    new to audio books but I have to say listening to the book read by the author does add a huge dimension to the experience highly recommend

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Donna McVey
    1/21/17
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    "Ronson's master class in well researched nonfiction"

    A fascinating and palpably well researched book on the common thread linking various extremists.
    Ronson's written and audible style are unique, engaging, whilst delivering complex, multi layered information. More journalists like this please. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • will
    1/17/17
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    "A Thrilling journey into the world of them."

    A thrilling journey into the world of 'them'. Highly enjoyable, would recommend to almost anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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