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Them: Adventures with Extremists Audiobook

Them: Adventures with Extremists

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Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and witnesses international CEOs and politicians participate in a bizarre pagan ritual in the forests of northern California.

Them is a fascinating and entertaining exploration of extremism, in which Jon learns some alarming things about the looking-glass world of ‘them’ and ‘us’. Are the extremists on to something? Or has Jon become one of Them?

©2012 Jon Ronson (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A funny, superbly controlled account of [Ronson’s] wanderings through the wonderland of fanaticism and delusion." (Brian Appleyard, New Statesman)

"This book is chilling and hilarious by turns. Ronson’s trademark laid-back attitude is a delight." (Independent)

"A funny and compulsively readable picaresque adventure through a paranoid shadow world." (Louis Theroux, Guardian)

"Ronson plays up to his charming buffoonery... But he is an acute social commentator. He is compelling." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Greenmachineiijh Arizona 07-04-17
    Greenmachineiijh Arizona 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Levelheaded Approach to Uniquely Human Condition"

    Listening to Jon Ronson's account of his time with extremists was both amusing and educative. It showed how often the monsters and bogeymen of the current political climate are often far more banal than we are lead to believe. The book also highlights the way in which lack of good communication and lack of acknowledgement of our shared humanity carries people out to the fringes of thought as well as behavior.

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    Tintin Chicago IL 06-17-17
    Tintin Chicago IL 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Insight into the not-quite-so-crazy extreme"

    After "Shamed" I had to hear more Ronson, and this was another fascinating set of stories. This time he goes semi undercover into the heart of Islamic jihadist organization, the spectrum of white supremacist groups, am elite world of Jewish movie moguls, he shadows a mysterious wealthy eccentric, and visits what appears to be a secret drunken summer camp for would--be and world leaders. He's personable and only semi under cover -- most of the time he reveals himself as a journalist. Extremists of all stripes seem generally to like him, which makes these encounters more intimate and revealing.

    Ronson's perspective on all this is measured, balancing nuances pro and con all the way. He puts himself in the most uncomfortable places protected by nerves of steel and a good heart. And he can tell a good story.

    I gave it 4 because I found fewer parallels and connections between the stories, as I did moreso with "Shamed." It was an enlightening listen, and entertaining, with food for thought. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Jon Ronson; he has a unique gift.

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    Anna 06-01-17
    Anna 06-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought-Provoking, Strange and Unclear Bias"

    This book was - in a word - bizarre. I loved being able to better understand certain groups of people who are marginalized because of their "crazy" beliefs. To paraphrase Trevor Noah, it is SO much easier to have a meaningful and fruitful conversation with someone if you share a common "language".

    At times, though, It was clear that the author started to believe these theories. It was unclear, however, how this may have affected his reporting. Was this done to illustrate the seductive nature of conspiracy theories? Possibly.

    Finally, there were times when the book seemed disorganized and repetitive. While I enjoyed the first few chapters a lot, about 2 hours from the end, listening to it felt like a chore instead of pleasure.

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    AGreviewer 02-24-17
    AGreviewer 02-24-17
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    "Needs an ending."

    Just stops. Thought the file was corrupted. Needs a sentence or two to wrap things up.

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    Miguel A. Serrano 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It drags a bit"

    Writing style is great as always, but story and performance were not what I hoped for.

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    Brooke O Texas 01-08-17
    Brooke O Texas 01-08-17
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    "Always excellent"

    I've never been disappointed by the content of a Jon Ronson book and he's also very pleasing to listen to. I read this book several years ago and it is still relevant, interesting, informative, and darkly funny on occasion.

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    stephen kabul Afghanistan 12-28-16
    stephen kabul Afghanistan 12-28-16 Listener Since 2005
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    "Necessary perspective"

    This book offers invaluable and fascinating perspectove. Well written and engagingly read, this is 11/10.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-08-16
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Subject Matter"

    I've listened to three of his books now, and this was the most interesting to me in terms of content. He put himself in dangerous situations investigating the subjects of this book, which is admirable. I cannot even imagine him putting on a KKK hood; I could not have done that. I started losing interest near the end, but for the most part, I was entertained. I did find this one to have more humorous parts than some of the other books, despite the serious subject matter.

    I've said it in my previous reviews; although his narration didn't irritate me as much as his prior books (perhaps I'm getting used to his style?), I still think he should not narrate his own books. By the end of this book, I was getting ready to scream if I heard one more "ha-ha, ha-ha."

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    Fin 10-07-16
    Fin 10-07-16
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    "Hilarious and Interesting"

    All I can say is get this audio book, the very funny and the narration by the author is very well done. The parts festuring Alex Jones were a highlight for me, get it!

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    trevor 07-27-16
    trevor 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "non-divisive"

    both/every side thinks they're the good guys. both/every side overblows how "bad/evil" the other side is.

    this book was a good example of just that.

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  • Thomas
    2/3/15
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    "are we rhem"

    really enjoyable and entertaining Jon ronson is an engaging writer and narrator. this book gives a really interesting look at the story behind the conspiracy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elisa
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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    "Classic Jon Ronson"
    Where does Them: Adventures with Extremists rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Completely fascinating, enjoyed it tremendously. Sometimes I was aghast and sometimes tearful and always with that amusement that comes with Ronson's delivery.


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

    yes!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P. W. Burridge
    uk
    10/9/13
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    "Ronson hooks you with this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Them: Adventures with Extremists to be better than the print version?

    The audio version for this book is just great, i think if i had the print version i would still be reading it now. Thats not to say the print version wouldnt be great as well. But the audio version is so flexible


    What other book might you compare Them: Adventures with Extremists to, and why?

    Lost at sea, because this is what Jon Ronson is good at the secret societys etc


    What does Jon Ronson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Feeling


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

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma F
    Swansea UK
    5/10/13
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    "Jon Ronson Rocks!"

    I absolutely love books by Jon Ronson and already have a fine collection of his books, so am completely biased in a review. Any book by him is well worth a read though, honest! His journalistic style is brilliant, looking in to the most extreme behaviours of human nature that are sometimes so bizarre you have to go back and listen/read again, just to be sure you heard/read right.
    Excellent :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "'Them' is wonderful journalism and comedy"

    I'd already hugely enjoyed reading the book, but Jon Ronson's narration of the fascinating content is an even greater pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. A. Atkin
    brighton, uk
    4/11/13
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    "Classic Ronson"

    I really enjoyed this book and like Ronsons style. He spends years researching his subject material and presents a non inflammatory relatively rounded view of extremism.



    Essentially this a a good listen and kept me interested and laughing till the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • La Maison
    Rhuddlan, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Jon Ronson tells it as it is"

    This book, written by Jon Ronson, manages to enter the psychy of the extremists he is looking at. He has a rare gift of being able to enter arenas where others wouldn't dare (read his other books to e.g. the Psycopath tests and Men who stare at goats). Not only does he enter these worlds but he still somehow remains quite a humble guy. His style of writing draws the reader in. We listened to this audio book whilst driving in France and we didn't want to stop for coffee because we didn't want to switch off the book. Definitely a good read/listen and I would certainly (and do) recommend his books widely

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Excellent"

    This was the first book I read by Jon Ronson so it's always had a special place in my heart. Years on it's still as brilliant as I remember, especially now hearing the author narrate.

    The world has changed a lot since this book was written but rather than being dated it's an interesting flashback to extreme politics and conspiracies theories, pre-9/11.



    Later events have put a very different complexion on the subjects of this book. Some positive, some negative but it's a fascinating listen throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • craig mckechnie
    6/5/15
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    "from the horses mouth"

    new to audio books but I have to say listening to the book read by the author does add a huge dimension to the experience highly recommend

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kamin
    11/19/17
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    "very cool"

    although a tiny bit dated, a pretty interesting read. I would love a follow up....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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