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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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  • Graeme
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 11-02-13

A sad, funny man

I'm sure this book will polarise listeners / readers. If you have your life all together, then you will most likely thoroughly dislike this needy, self centred and often pathetic man, and hate the book. If however, you have you own special basket of issues you wrestle with on a daily basis, chances are you will warm to and be charmed by this needy, self centred and often pathetic man, and love the book.
I loved the book - its one of the best I've heard on audible. Laugh out loud funny in places.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great for just about anyone!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Marc is not only funny, but manages to be amazingly honest while doing so. His accounts of his own experiences are both harrowing, and hilarious at the same time. His world view is different from most, and the way things are described is evidence to this.

What did you like best about this story?

I don't recall one single part that stood out, however I remember laughing out loud several times which is quite rare for me. There are several stories that are too outrageous to be made up, and another few that seem to be quite easy to relate to my own life and experiences.

What about Marc Maron’s performance did you like?

These questions are fairly annoying...

Marc did extremely well, and I'm fairly positive that after listening to the podcast for a while that I wouldn't have been able to accept someone else reading this book. His voice is expressive in a way that brings out the tone of what he is trying to say.

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

I almost did. I listened to most of it during a car ride, and the rest while working.

I do wish it was longer...

Any additional comments?

No... Audible has drawn this review experience out quite long enough.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Attempting Normal, Not Acheiving Normal

Mark Maron would make a fantastic fictional character. I would sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the next adventure of this excentric esoteric person. Mark Maron is not a fictional character, and that is.... distubing... . I hope I never meet him in person because I would be frightened of what inter-dialoge he may be having with himself about me. I think stand up comic was a great career choice for him, I don't know where else he would fit in normal society.

Listen to the book the first chance you get, don't read it. The author reading the book really makes it perfect.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Better than I expected

What did you love best about Attempting Normal?

I appreciate how honest Maron is in this book. There are many funny stories, a couple that drag a bit, and some self indulgent moments, so it's not perfect, but over all a great listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Maron makes me feel better about my own life by sharing the lows of his life.

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

If you like WTF you will like this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadine
  • Woodbridge, VA, United States
  • 05-30-13

One Comedian's Life Can Be Interestingly Complex!

If you could sum up Attempting Normal in three words, what would they be?

honest ... complex ... informative

What aspect of Marc Maron’s performance would you have changed?

Mr. Maron reads a little fast. Perhaps that's how he does his stand-up so maybe I'm the silly one judging him on how he does his regular routine with a unique comedic timing. Yet, I felt every chapter was genuinely something he endured through his life. Perhaps, he simply read with genuine passion.

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

I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting only because I'm a commute-driving/daily workout audiobook listener who works an already overly stimulating job, and this book was quite a lot in one sitting. However, Mr. Maron was fascinating in pieces! For those who have less stimulating lives, this audiobook will really get you thinking.

Any additional comments?

The lives of comedians are very perplexing to me, and yet, somehow I always wanted to know more about them. Mr. Maron did just that! While telling us all about his life, he told me about the lives of the best comics, and I appreciated that. But if Mr. Maron has any other books, I'll definitely get them, but it'll be in book-form - words on paper - that is.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not for everybody

I've watched or listen to Marc of and on for a very long time. I knew what to expect going into this and wasn't disappointed. His comedy and his life isn't for everyone.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A very funny book!

I love Maron's writing. This book is very creative. He os down to earth and human. Highly recommemded.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mark's a Triple Treasure!

Funny, honest, and relevant, listening to Mark diffuses the tension of ego and helps provide a clearer perspective on the humanity of our insane society.
Thank you Mark!

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • The Reluctant Hermit
  • 01-07-14

loved it

A very funny,clever, witty insecure and insightful man who made me laugh loud out. The fact that he likes cats gives him an added appeal in my view and his (presumably) honest portrayal of his love life was a joy...in parts. I had never heard of him previously but would certainly buy any further books he writes. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-17

Acerbic and at his brilliant best.

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

Not read print version but his voice and delivery add so much so I'd guess it was better.

What did you like best about this story?

Honesty and his usual no nonsense approach to story telling.

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

Pace and delivery of story was excellent. Brings to life his pain and makes the more awkward parts even more awkward.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His relationship break-down and ex-wife stories. Hilarious and brutally honest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-17

Interesting Funny

An intresting look into the mind and life of Marc Maron. Realy well read by Marc, he projects alot of emotion throughout.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-31-17

wasted my monthly credit on this

racism and sexism delivered at high intensity by an old white comic. id been listening for maybe 15 minutes and he was following a man with skin "a suspicious shade of brown" down the aisle of a plane.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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