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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Audiobook

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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Publisher's Summary

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including The Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures. Always intrigued by our ability to believe the unbelievable, Jon meets the man preparing to welcome the aliens to Earth, the woman trying to build a fully conscious robotic replica of the love of her life and the Deal or No Deal contestants with a foolproof system to beat the Banker.

Jon realizes that it's possible for our madness to be a force for good when he meets America's real-life superheroes or a force for evil when he meets the Reverend 'Death' George Exoo, who has dubiously assisted in more than a hundred mercy killings. He goes to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams, asks Insane Clown Posse (who are possibly America's nastiest rappers) whether it's true they've actually been evangelical Christians all along and rummages through the extensive archives of Stanley Kubrick. Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these compelling encounters with people on the edge of madness will have you wondering just what we're capable of.

This is an updated edition with new afterword, written and narrated by Jon Ronson.

©2012 Jon Ronson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    greg 07-26-13
    greg 07-26-13 Member Since 2015

    On the road quite a bit either solo or with kids in the car. Love finding entertainment for that broad range.

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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I LOVED the last chapter (~60 minutes) on America's Real Life Superheroes. Unlike the other chapters that had heavy or dark material, this one made me laugh out loud.


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

    He gives his works a great voice, with meaning and intentions that may be lost if reading printed works.


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you who have heard the author read his works on weekend NPR, there's more where that came from. Probably best listened to in isolated chapters between other books.

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    gerry milton, ON, Canada 07-20-13
    gerry milton, ON, Canada 07-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Quirky Stories - Unassuming Delivery"

    This book started out very strange but light hearted, which I soon learned is Jon Ronson's specialty. Based upon the book's cover graphic (yes -shallow but true), I expected a pompous & aggressive style, but was surprised by how unassuming Ron is. He seems to be a person who has a simple unthreatening way to investigate our human frailties and which seems to win people over. I had to stay with it for 2 or 3 stories before I started to pick up on Ron's unique outlook on the world. He tries to be objective in a true journalistic way. You learn that he is a well known reporter in England, but I do not think he ever says it himself. As a north american, many British characters are lost on me, but the personal stories are still intriguing and there is enough US content to keep my interest.Overall, I enjoyed his personality and see why he has become successful. I look forward to more stories.

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    garret meridian, ID, United States 04-01-13
    garret meridian, ID, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a fun book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was not what i expected. Some of the topics seemed a but off beat and i would wonder if they would amount to good listening. I was at the least smiling to every story. some made me pause and think, others made me laugh out loud. overall a great listen!


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    anna HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-26-13
    anna HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious *and* empathetic"

    A fun listen. Jon Ronson found peculiar stories and told them without scorn... even though there are some real crazies in here! Each is funny and insightful, but I especially enjoyed the chapter on Insane Clown Posse.

    I'd recommend to anyone who wants to hear outrageous stories told honestly and with a fair amount of wit.

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    Peter Sydney, Australia 01-02-13
    Peter Sydney, Australia 01-02-13
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    "tis a hi-5 to the MAX!"

    i have not yet finished listening to the entire book.. but tis allready a 10/10.. Jon will have to try awfull hard to bring that score down.. i do not see this occuring.. from the first few lines i was held captive.. & each story since has kept me a happy hostage.. a must listen for anyone.. really.. everyone.. twas exactly what i needed to start the year.. thankyou Mr Ronson.. i have just downloaded your other tittle.. 'the psychopath test'

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    A. Tol Durham, N.C. 12-09-12
    A. Tol Durham, N.C. 12-09-12

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    "Another Great Jon Ronson Book"

    I really like that this book was a series of essays. Ronson's writing style is witty and engaging and I couldn't imagine it being narrated by anyone else.

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    Patti 12-06-12
    Patti 12-06-12
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    "Jon Ronson is The Man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to be better than the print version?

    The narration makes it golden. Fun stories, super narration and Jon Ronson...what more can a person want!


    What other book might you compare Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to and why?

    Unique in itself


    Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite?

    All


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

    No, I savor it over time


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes you happy.

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    Unapologetic Colorado 09-22-15
    Unapologetic Colorado 09-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good stuff but not his best"

    I think Jonson has credible stuff in this book, but his own neurosis comes through and muddies the water. Many topics covered were ridiculous and not worth the coverage, i.e. Costumed idiots looking to get shot by gang members. The book was more of a collection of anecdotes than anything else.

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    Allison BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-20-12
    Allison BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-20-12
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    "Good Read"
    Where does Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it's one of the better ones. It's more of a bunch of little stories so it's better if you are going to listen a little at a time.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jon Ronson before, how does this one compare?

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

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

    The wacky world


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    S. Yates 06-19-17
    S. Yates 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Odd and revealing"
    Any additional comments?

    Another surpassingly strange, devastating wry, and bizarrely engrossing set of encounters via Jon Ronson. Here, he has collected various essays, articles, and the like from a wide range of topics, all circling around the oddities of the human condition (generally, being outside the mainstream in belief, action, or accident of circumstance). As always, Ronson's unique voice comes through with humanity, humor, and emotion. Some chapters leave you chuckling, some inspire pity, others are disomfiting, all are revealing. Recommended.

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    "booooring"

    got to chapter 6 turned it off sooòo boring please don't waste your money got this on a daily deal wouldn't even bought it if it was free

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  • David
    10/2/16
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    "Good set of true stories"

    Decent set of true stories once you get used to the narrators posh voice every chaptor a new story






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  • paul ads
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    9/30/16
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    "solid"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries the most enjoyable?

    great narration...entertaining and thought-provoking


    What other book might you compare Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries to, and why?

    i think he's in a league of his own


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    i found the Jonathan King chapter disturbing but fascinating


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    an alan smithee film


    Any additional comments?

    top quality again from Jon...he never disappoints.

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  • Reggie
    9/28/16
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    "Bonkers and Beautiful"

    Thank goodness there are such wonderfully eccentric characters in the world and Ronson has embraced them without judgement and shared them with us. We are richer for it.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
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    9/26/16
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    "It was ok"

    Sorry Mr Ronson, whilst I enjoyed bits, some was pure self indulgence and somewhat boring

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  • Katherine Lovage
    9/21/16
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    "Fabulous Journalistic Chronicles"

    I really love Jon Ronson. At first I wasn't sure about his reading voice (sorry) but actually, it became quite nice and comforting. In conjunction with that - his stories were able to be both somewhat hauntingly miserable and uplifting at once. I suppose it is this that makes the book so successful to me: Ronson makes his writing interesting but above all makes a reader learn or notice something unusual.

    Besides all of the deep nonsense I've just said about, this is a bloody good book to listen to in the bath or on a long drive. :)

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  • Farniboy
    Wirral, UK
    9/17/16
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    "Funny, sad, thought provoking and profound."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The beauty of this collection of essays and articles there is something for everyone. I anticipated dipping in and out of this audiobook between fiction but I blasted through it in a week.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries?

    The story of the the guy who committed suicide because of debt. Ronson wrote this eye opening story 2 years before the Credit Crunch. It tears apart the banking system and the madness of de-regulation.


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    Jon's narration is superb, it really adds to the stories. I feel that his storytelling channels his memories of the interviews to make them sound even more sincere. However saying thatI feel his voice may put some people of a little.


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

    I didn't think it would be but as one story ended I dove into the next. I'd read a few in The Guardian and the last story, Frank, was a free download on Audible last year so I skipped that.


    Any additional comments?

    A great collection of stories. They will have you smiling (or laughing) on one page and have you feeling sad on the next.Its also perfect for a commute as most stories are 20-30 minutes long so you could get a couple in.

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  • MR
    9/15/16
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    "Enjoyable little bites"

    overall an enjoyable read, but as it is a collection of articles and essays covering many different topics, some of these sections are more enjoyable than others.

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  • David Blackburn
    7/23/16
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    "Great read!"

    Love Jon Ronson's journalistic wanderings and his search for the nature of human experience, good and bad. Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    7/4/16
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    "Love this collection of stories"

    Each story was interesting and very different from the last. You will get through this book so quickly! The only complaint I have is the audio quality of some of the segments, as some were recorded at different times and in different conditions. However, don't let this put you off, as Ronson it an incredible narrater.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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