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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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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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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

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.

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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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  • Kelly C
  • Knoxville, TN United States
  • 04-13-18

Jon Ronson

Always fun to listen to a Jon Ronson book - especially when he reads! Really enjoyed this collection of essays.

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The Best Jon Ronson book yet

Jon Ronson, in a way, is the Welsh counterpart to America's David Sedaris. They both write in self-deprecating voice, talking freely about their anxieties and worries. Their humour arises from their ability to take the fantastic and the mundane and make them both real, interesting and believable.

This collection of short accounts Is Ronson's bread and butter work. While his full length books are enjoyable, this anthology shows us his many talents so much better. He wraps up each chapter with a tidy bow, only failing to complete the knot once or twice. Almost every story is a winner. When the book ended I admit I was sad. I could keep listening to more of his work for a long time to come.

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Quirky & entertaining

The lives on the fringes are magnificent and there is no one better to tell those fantastic stories than Jon Ronson. As always it is a pleasure to hear him narrate this story.

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wonder, fun, insightful

Loved it. hard to put down. Ronson's dry wit and empathy make every story engaging, funny, and often touching.

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Odd and revealing

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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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I Like Jon Ronson, But This Book Not So Much

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

I purchased this book after reading the very enjoyable 'So You've Been Publicly Shamed' by Jon Ronson. I was expecting another well researched, interesting, and fun book but I was slightly disappointed. For that reason probably wouldn't recommend this book to a friend.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The book is a collection of mostly dark, sad stories. My favorite one though was about Phoenix Jones the real life Seattle comic book superhero.

What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

I like the personality he gives to the story.

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This book was just too dark for me. Others may like it more.

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I don't know why, but I love these books

My first book by Jon Ronson was Men who Stare at Goats, I cannot claim I loved reading it. It was weird, slow and so ... twisted, yet it was claiming to be non-fiction, and I was not really buying it. But in retrospect I enjoyed it, and now, this is five books later and I just like his work more and more.

This title is a bit different in that it isn't about a single topic, which does affect coherence, but I've you know that it is fine. Topics covered include murder, music, income and whatnot, and all very Ronson in style.

This is probably not the best place to start if you have not read his work before, but the Psychopath Test comes to mind.

Great performance by the author, fun ride, very good.

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  • T Coulson
  • 12-09-16

fasinating

So many amazing stories put together by Jon Ronson. The stories were both witty and moving and completely bonkers in places

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  • Neil
  • 11-28-16

The perfect commuting companion

Each chapter is a different story and I found them all engaging and entertaining. Ronson's soft voice is the perfect accompaniment to the tales. As a writer, he is very generous to his subjects both where he agrees with them and where he is skeptical.

I would have loved this to be longer!

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  • Lucy
  • 11-04-16

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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  • Matthew
  • 11-02-16

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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  • William
  • 10-30-16

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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  • Karyn
  • 10-16-16

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-16

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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  • john willock
  • 10-06-16

Brilliant

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-16

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
  • 10-05-16

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!