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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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    Daniel 06-08-17
    Daniel 06-08-17 Member Since 2015

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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.


    Any additional comments?

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

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    Christian R. Unger 05-16-17
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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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    Kateri 02-08-17
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    "Captivating topics, well-crafted storytelling"

    Relevant and well-crafted reporting of events that are telling of the way we perceive madness, crime, mental illness and the boundaries of normality. The narration and themes are captivating.

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    Greg 01-22-17
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    "Author is unlistenable. Accent is over the top"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Ronson again?

    No. Cannot understand him. Accent is way too strong


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have some one else read the book


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    Susan LARKSPUR, CO, United States 01-14-17
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    "A Stream of Consciousness of Bizarre Events"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't think of anyone unless they are doing drugs while reading it like Ecstasy or similar.


    Has Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Ronson's books for sure.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    WHAT story?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries?

    Pretty much all of it. I would return it if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Really? A mystery? After 4 hours of listening, I could not pick up story much less a mystery. It was just a string of unrelated bizarre events from a trivial game show to robots to religion and speaking in tongues to following the path of a James Bond film to aliens to Stanley Kubrick. That's when I gave up.

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    Amazon Customer 11-28-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Another highly engrossing book by Jon Ronson."

    I loved this book. Jon is a great writer. This book was very entertaining.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 11-25-16
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 11-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as Interesting as I had Hoped"

    I struggled with whether to give this a 2 or 3 star rating. I eventually settled on the three star, because there was enough material in it that kept me interested. However, there was also quite a bit that I could care less about, either because it wasn't interesting to me or because I had no idea who the person was he was talking about. I also agree with what several other reviewers said: the endings of the stories were abrupt at times and it left you with a sense of incompletion.

    Additionally, I said it before on one of his prior audio books, and I will say it again: I don't think he is best suited to narrate his own books. I bought two of his other books at the same time because the topics looked interesting, but if I had realized he narrated all of them, I may have thought twice before doing so.

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    Hein Du Plessis Cape Town, South Africa 10-20-16
    Hein Du Plessis Cape Town, South Africa 10-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very few mysteries"

    Essentially a collection of his journals, mildly interesting, sometimes funny, but not engaging. No mystery except perhaps the lost at sea story. Narration leaves something to be desired - one would not say it's his own work. I enjoyed it but bought it for the mystery, disappointed in that respect.

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    Amazon Customer UK 10-12-16
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    "compelling tales from a gifted raconteur"

    Fantastic set of stories ... amusing, fascinating and always interesting. Thoroughly worth every minute of listening, with Ronson's droll recounting of these stories an enjoyable element of the audiobook. Long content too... was amazed at how many chapters and stories kept rolling out.

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    "I've got a fever, and it's for more Ronson"

    Jon Ronson has real life super powers. I once saw a robbery about to take place outside of a dingy fish market in Chinatown. As the bandits exited the shop with dated 20s mafia accents, Jon Ronson landed with deafening impact in his gold and red super suit. In spite of his practical nature he also sported a gaudy long blue cape emblazoned with several sponsored logos for obscure indie bands. Jon's eyes then lit fire and he sprayed the stolen fish imbuing them with seasoning from his mystic breath powers. We all had a barbecue there. It was pretty cool.

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  • D. Faulkner
    10/15/12
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    "Absolutely Brilliant !"

    I first "met" Jon Ronson when i picked up a copy of "the men who stare at goats" in the airport. It took me a while to work out if i was reading a true account or a clever parody, it was the former - i was hooked. Since then i have read "the psychopath test" and "them" and enjoyed both very much. However, this latest book is by far the best. I listened from start too finish, only pausing to eat and sleep (i bought it on holiday) Every chapter was a little christmas cracker of bangs and surprises. Some left me feeling sad, some left me feeling incredulous, some made me laugh out loud (the james bond chapter was hilarious) others left me feeling furious. the last one left me breathless and smiling from ear to ear. I loved this book and it will undoubtedly go on my "read (listen) again" list. This is the best book i have read since Malcolm Gladwells' "Outliers" and "Blink" Absolutely brilliant. I cant wait for his next one!

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    I can't get enough of Jon Ronson's writings, tv programs and radio show. Fantastic story teller and a great view on the world.

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    "Take a walk on the left-side."

    As much as he undoubtably hates the comparison, Jon Ronson is the more down-trodden, less well-connected, face-for-radio version of Louis Theroux. They both pursue the left-fields of culture, often in seemingly mundane territories such as interviewing semi-washed up TV-show hosts or attending motivational seminars with self-help gurus, but whereas Louis, whose natural habitat is TV, would play events so as to get the interviewee to paint themselves into an emotional corner from which the viewer sees the mask fall away, Jon is more likely to turn inwards into self.analysis and doubt. Often by the end of each story I feel I know more about Jon himself than the victim he is supposed to be dissecting, his inner demons are worn for all to see, and this is what makes Lost at Sea such an enjoyable read. With Louis you feel he is always calmly in control leading his subjects through the steps, but with Jon you always wonder if he'll actually be able to make it to the end of each assignment without first having a break-down. I imagine this is why so much of the material he's covered over the years has been on mentally questionable people of one kind or another, from derranged psychics and their belivers to the "I've been vetted" founder of the Indigo children movement. He seems drawn to the delusional and psychotic. However, I do sometimes wonder if somewhere inside Ron there is still a little child with a less cynical journalistic mission, who secretly hopes to find something truly awe-inspiring such as a UFO or real life super heroes. A few times in the book he does come across some truly amazing people, but most of the time he finds only crack-pots, all beit entertaining ones. A final comment I'd like to make is that in my opinion Radio is Jon's best medium and as such it was great to have Jon, with his almost whispery delivery, narrating his book. I'd also highly recommend Jon's free short stories on Audible. Hilarious!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Low
    Bexhill on Sea
    12/2/13
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    "Reliably bizarre giggles from Mr Ronson"
    Where does Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the funniest audiobook I've listened to yet, and when it isn't amusing its baffling, shocking or touching. The situations Jon finds himself in are too hilarious to not be true, such as <br/>


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

    Who would have thought Stanley Kubrick is the reason why we have post it notes in every pop of colour? <br/>Who knew that Robbie Williams believes in UFOs and aligned being abducted by aliens as much like being in Take That as a teenager?<br/>What happens when someone goes missing on cruise ships?<br/>Jon Ronson's life must be a chain of very stressful or very ridiculous encounters, I would love to delve into his diary and just see what a week looks like. If you've never read his articles before, listening to this book is a great introduction. I'll keep going back to this more than I will a novel just to bask in the bizarreness and check that I heard exactly what he said right - that there are children in Christmas Town who answer letters to Santa as part of their school curriculum?! <br/>


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

    Jon Ronson's voice is homely to me - my family are Welsh and his accent warms me. I couldn't imagine anyone else reciting his stories, his delivery is the funniest part.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I giggled on my dry morning commute and will be forever bringing up anecdotes from this book (alongside other Jon Ronson collections - the Psychopath test and Them are others which I would strongly recommend. I spend my spare moments narrowing my eyes at colleagues and weighing up their points on the Psycopath test at least once a week, and you should too, it's a brilliant past time).


    Any additional comments?

    Jon is working on a film I believe is called Frank at the moment which I can't wait to hear more about if it delivers more of the same humour as this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Caro
    Cornwall
    10/18/12
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    "Brilliant"

    I am now totally hooked on audiobooks by Jon Ronson, and this one did not disappoint - quite the reverse. Like the previous reviewer I found the James Bond chapter laugh-out-loud funny, it's worth buying just for that chapter. But the rest of the book is wonderful too, Ronson asks the obvious, child-like questions that we would all like to ask but generally don't. He is so interested in the people and situations he seeks out and he sometimes shines lights into places that intrepid, investigative journalists would normally go, whilst being rather timorous and only armed by his honest naivety.



    I am already looking forward to his next book and also, please audible would you commission him to read his 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'? Please....

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    7/8/15
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    "A fabulous journey"

    Jon Ronson at his best. Honest and insightful. Kept me entertained for days. You will not be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chrssie Maitalnd
    4/8/16
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    "Jon Roson, as always, never fails to entertain."

    Could listen to Jon Roson all day, every day. His mix of stories here told in a honest & intresting way keeps you hooked for the whole book. One of my favourite authors, I can't recommend enough!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    3/28/16
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    "super interesting"

    This is a group of diverse tales, all weird, fascinating and unique. worth a listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brooksies
    Belgium
    9/29/14
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    "A collection of suprising real life stories"

    This is quite a big collection of short stories/articles that Jon Ronson wrote over the years. His style of journalism is very distinct and it is not for every one, he makes himself part of the story. But I quite enjoyed that. I always like listening to a book read by the author because they know how they intended it to be read and for these stories that was definilty the case. I do have to say that I did expect more 'fun' strange stories but there were a couple of truly depressing ones. One of them I actually did not listen to because it is a subject which is bit tough for me personally. But overall I really enjoyed this book.
    I did look for other material by Jon Ronson and found that he repeats himself in his books, so if you already own some of his books, make sure you realise there might be some overlap!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • P. W. Burridge
    uk
    3/10/14
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    "Not a "Them""
    What did you like best about Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries? What did you like least?

    Jon Ronson is a great researcher and tells the stories very well. The JK one just adds more fuel to the Saville fire


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less short stories


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

    none in particular


    Could you see Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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