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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
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
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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
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    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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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The wacky world


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    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17
    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thoughtful Journalism About Fringe Phenomena"

    There are two kinds of readers: those who are devoted Jon Ronson fangirls-and-boys, and those who haven’t heard of Jon Ronson yet. Friends, I present Jon Ronson: a bespectacled British journalist who writes thoughtful long-form journalism about quirky fringe phenomena like telepathy, aliens, and psychopaths. He was first introduced to an American audience on the radio show This American Life, and he’s got a knack for the sort of stuff that makes fans of that show swoon — sniffing out the peculiar in everyday life, getting to the heart with equal parts empathy and wit, and drawing wry conclusions about modern life. Lost at Sea is his collection of haunting and hilarious shorter pieces from the past decade, including stories about Insane Clown Posse, James Bond, Stanley Kubrick, robots, and too many other bizarre and wonderful things to name. Ronson is a fabulous narrator of his own work, and my like for Lost at Sea blossomed into full-blown love when I switched from the print to the audio.

    Footnote: the audio is worth it simply for the pleasure of hearing Jon Ronson read Insane Clown Posse lyrics in a dry British accent, and the chapters were the perfect length for commuting and exercise stints.

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    "good but not his best"

    I enjoyed John's book as ever. an interesting collection of stories. a must have if you enjoy his writing but I'd recommend The Psychopath Test or Them if you haven't already read/listened to his work.

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  • Ms. Deborah Klayman
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    "An entertaining, eclectic mix of stories"

    An entertaining, eclectic mix of stories narrated by the author. From Stanley Kubrick's research boxes to Frank Sidebottom via real life superheroes and co-called psychics, there is something for everyone.

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  • T Coulson
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    "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
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    11/28/16
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    "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
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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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  • Matthew
    11/2/16
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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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  • William
    10/30/16
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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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  • Karyn
    10/16/16
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    "Could listen to Jon all day!"
    Any additional comments?

    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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john willock
    10/6/16
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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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