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Attempting Normal Audiobook

Attempting Normal

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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

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    salem 04-01-17
    salem 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Like Mark, not so much the book"

    I like Mark and his podcast but I hoped that he would talk more about his inner conflict or childhood upbringing. I couldn't relate to the book

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    Kindle Customer 03-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "I enjoyed this Maronology!"

    This puts Marc's story all together in one place, in his voice. I loved it.

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    Charley Tichenor IV 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    amazing... Marc to a C... perfect
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    do it now, is this 15 words?

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    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 02-16-17
    Ed Edmond, OK, United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Normal? Maybe. Entertaining? No."

    I couldn't finish it. Not entertaining or enlightening. Now I have to write some more words to total 15.

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    Jonathan 06-29-16
    Jonathan 06-29-16
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    "Authentic, Thought-provoking and Funny"

    Attempting Normal was a great listen. It got me thinking about my place in the world. Maron's description of his struggles and triumphs is really inspiring.

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    Bob 04-18-16
    Bob 04-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Dysfunctional Masterpiece"

    Loved it! Thank you for narrating Marc, only you could pull off your own loathing tone. Now I have to pull out my, "emotional abacus" and tally my own internal scars.

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    S Lahey 04-06-16
    S Lahey 04-06-16
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Attempting Normal to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Marc Maron’s performance did you like?

    It was read the way the author intended.


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

    Humor and anger are uncomfortably close first cousins


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the humor of George Carlin, Larry David and Bill Burr your going to love this guy. His self-evaluating humor is cleverly articulated. His willingness to share unedited humanity with us is both relatable and funny. I also found it a bit cathartic so thanks Marc Maron.

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    Kyle C. 03-30-16
    Kyle C. 03-30-16
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    "classic Maron"

    if you like his comedy you'll enjoy this book. He's a missing throat and he's got other things to offer. I will, having read this book, read the other books that he has written now. I expect to enjoy them similarly.

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    paul Minnesota 03-06-16
    paul Minnesota 03-06-16
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    "A solid easy based book"

    A solid essay based book. Lots of punch lines lots of sexuality. If you're neurotic you'll enjoy it.

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    D. Maltz 02-14-16
    D. Maltz 02-14-16

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    "Honest, tangibly relatable, Marc's heart to ours"

    Loved it. Took my time because I didn't want it to be over too fast. Thank you Marc.

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