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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Audiobook

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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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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    RaisinNut PA, USA 11-26-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 11-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A journey into the strange and bizarre!"

    My dad used to tell me, "The truth is stranger than fiction, Ange. You couldn't make this stuff up!"

    My dad would love Jon Ronson.

    Ronson is known for ferreting out strange people with strange beliefs or behaviors and exposing them to the world. He does it again in "Lost at Sea," a wonderful collection of tales about his odd encounters. Ronson makes himself a central character in all of his stories. He plays the good-natured skeptic who kind of wants to believe - the very role we imagine for ourselves in Ronson's place. His openness helps us empathize with his bizarre cast of characters. In the end, we, like Ronson, are a little bit better for having learned what they have to teach.

    Perhaps the best part of this book is that Ronson himself narrates, and no one could do it better. Each emotion is clearly expressed through his lilting accent, which is at times quite hilarious. I've said it in previous reviews and I will say it again, you will want to talk like Jon Ronson for days after listening to his work because everything sounds funnier when you say it like Jon Ronson.

    If you love the strange and bizarre, you will love this book. If you are a Ronson fan, you will not be disappointed by this latest installment of the strange and weird.

    ADDED BONUS:

    My top three picks:
    1) Doesn't everyone have a solar? (Ronson interviews high functioning robots.)

    2) Who killed Richard Cullen? (Ronson invents alteregos with various personality traits to see who is most likely to be solicited by ads for credit cards and bank loans.)

    3) Is she for real? (Ronson signs up for a cruise featuring "grumpy" psychic Sylvian Brown.)

    Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Worth Credit 4 Dry Witt Alone, Why Not Learn Too?"

    I have read all of Jon Ronson's books. And I'm pleased to say, I have enjoyed them all.

    Each book subject matter is different, which is refreshing, all the while he manages to convey a steady stream of self-deflecting observations. There is no way not to like this guy. Plus, you learn so much.
    Would I recommend using your credit to purchased this Audio Book? That would be A Huge HECK Yes! Notice I didn't swear. And your welcome. SMILE

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    Brendan Kharkiv 05-25-16
    Brendan Kharkiv 05-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A Mixed Bag"

    I loved The Psychopath Test so had high hopes for this. Unlike that book, Lost at Sea is a collection of various pieces Ronson has written over the years at the Guardian. As a result, this is something of a mixed bag. Some of the content here is great - Ronson's pursuit of the "psychic" huckster Sylvia Browne aboard a cruise ship, is one of many highlights. But there are far too many lowlights too. The longest piece here is about Frank, an eccentric former band mate of Ronson's whose shtick is that he wears a big fake rubber head. Not nearly as captivating a character as Ronson obviously believes him to be.

    All in all, worth a listen but Ronson has done far better than this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Morris 01-07-16
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    "enthralling"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries the most enjoyable?

    Every story was very interesting. I listened to it nonstop on a road trip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jon Ronson and his honesty


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    The slow pace.


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

    A peek into the word of lunatics


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably listen to all of Jon Ronson's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 12-31-15
    Dubi New York, NY 12-31-15
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    "Pop Anthropology"

    A collection of Jon Ronson articles, read by Ronson, primarily concerned with what motivates people to do, um, unusual things. There are religious and health cults here, the cults of personality and celebrity, the occult (faux psychics and UFOs), predatory lenders and predatory sex, and all sorts of fringe behavior.

    Ronson's M.O. is simple. He is a straightforward interviewer who knows how to get to the point while always making the interviewee feel like he's on their side. He's not about researching every angle or understanding everyone's side of the story. He is singularly focused on understanding his subject and their motivation. This can make him seem overly sympathetic to some bad people, but it's just his way of getting them to open up to him.

    There are some clunkers here, but most are at least good and many are in fact stunning. My favorite is the chapter on Insane Clown Posse -- I could almost feel Ronson's jaw dropping along with mine. Also the Who Wants to be a Millionaire cheat, Stanley Kubrick's hoarding, and the school shooting conspiracy in North Pole, Alska, where it's Christmas all year round. It helps of course that Ronson's is reading his own material, even with his quirky delivery.

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    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 12-16-15
    Jaime Robbins Bloomington, IN United States 12-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting listen"

    I listened to every chapter with great interest. I frequently wondered how the author found so much time to do the research and spend the time needed with each of the subjects. Needless to say, I learned quite a bit about a variety of different things from real life super heroes (and mutual combat), Stanley Kubrick, and human euthanasia.

    The audio quality umped around a bit and it was apparent the recordings were made in different locations, sometimes within the same chapter. It was a bit distracting. The narrator also sounded tired at times and it was not the same quality as when he read Psychopath Test. Regardless, I will be listening to this recording again.

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    Bella dona 10-10-15
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    "a great collection of stories"

    very entertaining stories and a smooth narration make this a enjoyable and thought provoking listen.

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    "Good Stories!"

    I love Jon Ronson narrating his own books, which is rare. He's a great storyteller and this random collection is worth the purchase.

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    DM Orillia, ON, Canada 07-29-15
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    "Great commuting book"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries the most enjoyable?

    This is a series of articles written over the last ten years. He covers a wide range of topics. His observational style is engaging and the topics are interesting.


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    Roger Rohweder Durham, NC USA 07-21-15
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    "Fascinating investigative journalism"

    Very interesting stories, and very well told. Jon puts an interesting (twist? conclusion?) on his stories. I highly recommend it.

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    Wonderful collection of stories that you hope will not end. Read by the author brilliantly, looking forward to listening to more by him.

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    "I Really tried hard to get through this...failed!"

    I hate giving up on any book or story and will soldier through. But i am sorry to say i found this too morose, the dark humor (if it was there) was lost on me and the narration annoying so i abandoned it.

    This might be me - so make your own mind up.

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    Some stories are more interesting than others but most make you want to go away and find out more about them. John's voice makes me laugh. 😁

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    "Never a dull moment"

    Heartwarming, quirky, disturbing. All of human life is here.

    Have read or heard some of these articles before but I was still totally absorbed.

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    "Uneven, very good in small chunks"

    Much like his voice, Ronson's storytelling is endearing in podcast length chunks but eventually drags.

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    "brilliant"

    A collection of interesting stories and unique investigative journalism. varied and entertaining. thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Owen
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    "Fascinating stories"

    I can't say I noticed a particular theme in this book. All the stories were very interesting, some of them upsettingly sad and other hilarious but I did like it. I want to listen to more of Jon's books

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  • Jose Elan
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    "Great Stories - fascinating investigations"

    Superb, Jon is a great writer and narrator. Crammed with intriguing insights into situations you never knew even existed.
    I'll take all this type of stuff you got!

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    "Great listen. Ronson is Plausible and engaging"

    Very obtuse subjects treated with empathy and humour by Ronson. The writer and reader is as much a part of the tales as the curious characters encountered. I smiled and winced my way through it, with some genuine wholesome laughs too. Highly recommended for the 'marginal' audience.

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    "Wish there were subtitles"

    Absolutely amazing and consistently intriguing, Jon Ronson's thoughtfully sceptical view of the world provokes the best and worst out of those he meets throughout the book.

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