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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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    Antoinette Cota 11-09-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17
    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Anxiety, Anger, and Cats"

    Imagine Charles Bukowski doing stand-up, and you might get an idea what Marc Maron is like. Everyone who likes comedy has their own reasons and favorite styles; I think mine is that it's a handy outlet for laughing at all the crazy, dark sh*t people go through. After basically failing at life — drug addiction, getting fired, ruining two marriages — Marc finally found his groove with his WTF podcast, and here he explores similar territory: neurotic anxiety, anger… and cats! At its heart is a remarkable longing to connect emotionally with other people, which is what makes Marc's humor so wonderful. The audiobook features a Lorne Michaels impression that DESTROYS me, cameos by Louis CK and David Cross, and lots of filthy, filthy stories. Marc Maron proves that comedy is not just entertainment but can be art.

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    Truth Stalker Extraordinaire Centerville 08-26-17
    Truth Stalker Extraordinaire Centerville 08-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Apple Product-plugging throughout and a somewhat disjointed story."

    I so much regret my purchase. His story isn't relatable to me and that alone makes it rather 'artificial' to Me. The Sample didn't contain enough for me to find these things out and avoid it like the Ebola virus. The apple Product-plugging is shameful and very unnecessary. Only iSheep name their specific phone/tablet/laptop/desktop model rather than using the general terminology for their devices that will suffice. Those two facts made this a horrible 'read' (listen, actually) for myself. An Audible Credit down the drain. 😖

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Pure Fun"

    Incredibly funny, fast paced and filled with heart. The performance of Marc adds a lot to the feeling and fun of the story. It was a really pleasure to listen to.

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    Mother Confessor Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada 06-26-17
    Mother Confessor Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada 06-26-17
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    "A fantastic piece of writing"

    Marc Maron totally hit it out of the park with this book. With the precise use of words worthy of an iconic beat poet, you'll enjoy every minute of it.

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    Gary 06-20-17
    Gary 06-20-17
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    "Marc Maron's Book"

    It was hilarious,sweet,weird,sad and brutally honest. Great comedian and podcaster and a great author too.

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    MrDagger 05-02-17
    MrDagger 05-02-17
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    "Standup in book form."

    This book is not only a perfect example of Marc Maron as a person, it's also a good representation of his comedy. I found myself saying, "I've heard this joke before" but then he adds to it, or changes the story in such a way to reveal a bit more of his personality.

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    salem 04-01-17
    salem 04-01-17
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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
    do it now be selfish and share
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    do it now, is this 15 words?

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