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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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    E. Scott Los Feliz, CA 07-12-15
    E. Scott Los Feliz, CA 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "I enjoyed this more than I originally thought"

    Jon Ronson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. His wry self deprecating wit along with his penchant for the bizarre make for curious and interesting reads. I especially like this audio book since he's also got a strange yet curiously pleasing voice.

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    Stephen 07-05-15
    Stephen 07-05-15
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    "The listener"
    What did you love best about Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries?

    The ability of Mr. Jon Ronson to respect the characters with whom he interacts. HIs respect for the "Oddballs" of the world is worthy of praise. He is a true "participate observer" and a balanced translator of the humans who he encounters.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I enjoyed his authentic presentation and enthusiasm for his topic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick they are all good stories. I think the "Lost at Sea" is very well done.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Jon Ronson, whose name seems like a dyslexic joke I very much enjoyed your work. The NLP story is what Ronson was told but it omits Virginia Satir, the primary teacher for Bandler and Grinder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 07-04-15
    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2010

    Traveling the USA full time in an RV with my partner, dog and 5 cats! Allons-y!

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    "Intriguing collection!"
    If you could sum up Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

    bizarre, witty, and thought provoking.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Each story takes on its own tone and reveals something altogether familiar and yet exposes the crazier/weirder side of our world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think one of my favorite chapters was when Ron Jonson took on the role of bond in a road trip. It was pretty hilarious and interesting.


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

    I did want to listen, but do to the nature of the book having different stories in different chapters it was easy to pause in-between the chapters.


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    Susan Gerbic Salinas, CA 06-27-15
    Susan Gerbic Salinas, CA 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    As I think back on all the stories I can't select a favorite one. I know that these stories are going to stay with me for years.

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    Jonathan 06-24-15
    Jonathan 06-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Jon Ronson at his best"

    There are literally no missteps in the collection of short articles written by Ronson. They essentially read as extremely interesting and in-depth non-fiction stories, each one as thorough and thought provoking as the last.

    Somehow each one seems to top the one preceding it, culminating in the opus story of Phoenix Jones at the very end. What a fantastic book, made all the better hearing these stories actually out of Ronson's mouth.

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    andrew Singapore, Singapore 06-21-15
    andrew Singapore, Singapore 06-21-15 Member Since 2008
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    "great as usual"

    I like the unpretentious style of Jon Ronson's storytelling AND narrating.
    the stories are incredible, interesting and highly entertaining.

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    Viktor 05-08-15
    Viktor 05-08-15
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    "Amazing stories"

    Written with humility, humor and wit. Jon Ronson is phenomenal. A a a a a a a a a a

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    Joshua Kring 04-12-15 Member Since 2017

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "The least helpful Lost At Sea review."
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    Jon Ronson is EXTREMELY British!

    I'm talking about jolly good show, have a spot of tea, God save the queen British. I was taken aback at first by his accent, but the shock didn't last long. The articles in this collection are so compelling that after a few minutes I didn't mind his accent. In fact, I got to where I kind of enjoyed it. I don't believe anyone else should have read this book.

    Wow, these stories were awesome. They ranged from big credit companies taking advantage of the working class to the darkest side of assisted suicides. There was even one about Stanley Kubrick's estate and the huge collection of strangeness that was stored there.

    He tells them all with an unbiased voice. It's a strange thing to explain. Once I understood what a particular article was about I would immediately have an opinion (and often an emotional reaction), but as the article progressed Mr. Ronson would have me sympathizing with the opposite view.

    The one about SETI inspired me to read Paul Davies' book "The Eerie Silence." The one where he interviewed the father of a highschool student arrested for conspiracy to commit mass murder at his Alaskan school made me want to cry. The one where he patrolled the streets with real life superheroes made me laugh while at the same time scared the crap out of me.

    Listening to this book was kind of like watching a documentary news program like 20/20 or Dateline, albeit a very British version of these shows. Did I mention how British Jon Ronson is? Sometimes the britishness was confusing. Like, when he talked about the English court system. What's a barrister?

    If I haven't made it clear, I'm now a HUGE Jon Ronson fan. As soon as I get more credits I'll be purchasing more of his books.

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    Ugandan American 01-12-15

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    "Entertaining"

    I liked it. Jon Ronson has a knack for storytelling. The book is quite interesting although I think the psycopath test is his best yet. I gave it there stars because of the foul language and over detailed description of the deeds of paedophiles . I really don't care much for private lives and intimate acts of individuals on the fringe s of society

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    Jonas 01-14-14
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    "As good as Ronson usually is"
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    Not as good as some, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in breadth. Ronson's usual wry humor is as good as ever.

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    "Laugh out loud moments couple with such sincerity"

    What a great book. Well narrated. The stories range between sparky anecdotes to amusing stories and sometimes such shocking truths. A must listen.

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    "greatly entertaining and interesting"

    Brilliant book wonderfully performed. loved every story only complaint is that it wasn't longer. Even the shorter stories are good and each one makes you think.

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    "anything ronson is good"

    interesting, laugh out loud funny and great narration. loved it and looking to buy my next one asap

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    "Could listen to Jon all day!"
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    They say that the truth is often stranger than fiction, but I found that I didn't even care if what Jon was writing was just his interpretation of the truth.

    His writing style and the fact that he was narrating drew me in, leaving me relieved that my life is actually pretty unexceptional and mundane in comparison.

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    10/11/16
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    "not worth the trouble"

    I was ready to give up after first few chapters but thought I'd give it a chance. My audible app gave up on it after 10 and refused to play it coming up with an error message. It was not meant to be, would not recommend it.

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    "Brilliant"

    Arty and originally creative, it was enhanced by watching tubes of each subject matter rip frank

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    "Great introduction into Ronson's writing"

    Great read, broken into nice discrete stories, perfect for a commute read. Excited by his other books.

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  • JoJoPop
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    "Loved!!"

    I couldn't stop listening to it!
    When each chapter was spoken, I wanted it to keep going on and on. I was hooked!

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  • Daniel
    10/4/16
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    "good"

    Nice easy listening with some very interesting topics along the way. Only scored a three as it wasn't so riveting to keep me listening non stop.

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    10/4/16
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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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