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Publisher's Summary

People make a mess.

Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

Attempting Normal is Marc Maron’s journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f--kup who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.

©2013 Random House Audio (P)2013 Marc Maron

Critic Reviews

  • 10 Best Audiobooks of 2013 (Salon)
  • "An already enjoyable memoir, the audio version benefits from the improvisatory ease Maron developed as a stand-up comic, Air America radioman and host of the popular 'WTF with Marc Maron' podcast, from which much of the book's content was developed. The audiobook, which includes excerpts from the podcast, veers wildly from personal history to confession to documentary to punch line to psychoanalysis to intellectual rant to anti-intellectual armoring to inside joke to dead serious to deflatingly unhyperbolic to high to crude to political to nostalgic to philosophical to historical to proud to self-abasing, and it keeps the listener happily off-balance." (Kyle Minor, Salon)

"I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny." (David Cross)
"Devastatingly funny." ( Los Angeles Times)
"The stuff of comedy legend." ( Rolling Stone)

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if you enjoy Marc Maron, you will enjoy this book

Much like his show, Marc Maron brings his unique style of comedy and self-obsessed neurosis to the ear of his audience. So if you want to feel better about your life, you should listen to this book.

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BRING A GODDAMN DIAPER!

Would you consider the audio edition of Attempting Normal to be better than the print version?

I haven't read it but probably, Marc's voice really sells the jokes and had me loling every second of my life

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marc

What does Marc Maron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Inflection

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Attempting Normal

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"I'm so fucking pissed, this book made my laugh so fucking hard I pissed my fucking pants in the car, I had to drive home in my fucking pissed pants and explain that to my wife who was fucking angry as shit about that because they were expensive chinos that she had got me from banana republic for my birthday if your gonna listen to this fucking book for the love of Christ get some depends diapers and let loose because this fuckers gonna have you rolling on the floor spraying your piss hole dry!"

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hilarious and self deprecating

Need to feel like your problems are simple? Looking for a healthy dose of "I'll make it through this". Check out this book. Marc is a top notch narrator for these bits and pieces of his life story.

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I never heard of Marc Maron.

What an open and introspective person. I really enjoyed the book, the stories are a good length and there is a huge benefit from him reading it .Loved it.

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Great!

Open, honest and truly a wonderful read. Lots of wisdom in this one that's for sure!

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Relatable but no happy ending

Loved it finish this book over the course of 2 days. Towards the end I was thinking "OK so where's the happy ending?" There isn't one this book is just A collection of screwed up incidents in Marc's life. His amazing story teller and best of all it's read by him. Delicious guilty pleasure.

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Love Marc's honesty.

So happy Marc is on the way to finding contentment and peace. Congrats on Netflix Glow! Great show.

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Genius

Loved it! I think it was a better experiencie as an audiobook because you get the whole Marc Maron experience, jewishness and all. Awesome!

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Great book!

Well read, felt kind of like a narrated stand up special, with maron reading it, so highly recommend if you're a fan!

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Highly entertaining and thought provoking.

A must read/Listen for any Nihilist aka a Marc Maron fan. I need a part 2.