A quick warning: the subject - psychopathy - naturally leads the book down some pretty dark alleyways at times - this probably isn't a book to listen to in earshot of the kids. That said, Ronson brings typical deadpan wit to the writing, skilfully avoiding letting things get too bleak.
It's an entertaining book, then, despite its unsettling subject matter, but Ronson neither goes for the jugular in skewering some of the more unpleasant people he meets, nor reaches any real insight of any sort. He also does a brilliant job of disguising what is actually a series of medium-length anecdotes about the generalities of madness as a coherent exploration of his subject - tangents are followed at length, and I frequently suspected he'd either lost his direction or at last found a really meaty angle to pursue, only for him to steer back to the safety of the middle ground.
A lot of conclusions are left for the reader/listener to draw, but there's little you'll find out that you wouldn't already know merely by virtue of being a human being who's lived long enough to read this review - we're all a bit mad, and how we define that madness is pretty mad too.
Still, it's a fun journey, and Ronson's reading of it - while not remotely thespian (he voices other people's words the same way he voices his own, which is absolutely fine, but can make it sound a bit like a neurotic having an argument with himself) helps drive home the absurdity of some of the situations and conversations he finds himself in.
The witty and fascinating stories. Often thought provoking and emotive
Jon Ronson - his storytelling and delivery is always entertaining
Yes, the book was very emotive particularly the stories relating to the pharmaceutical industry made me feel angry
Excellent book have already recommended it to friends
Jon builds his stories beautifully, so this is a very addictive read, and one you might be tempted to do in one go. The people he meets are fascinating, and their lives are mindblowing. I recommended this to a friend recently and got a text back saying 'Is this definitely fact, not fiction? - my jaw is on the floor!'
I found this audiobook very engrossing -it covers a fascinating subject, and rattles along drawing the reader into the author's obsessional interest in it.
However, I think that I may have to listen to it again -and possibly several times -before I can truly understand fully all the different threads. I don't see this as a fault.
Fascinating, disturbing, good
Toto Constant, interesting scary character.
only listened to this one
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A thought provoking insight into Psychopathy and mental health. First we get a fascinating insight into its more expected territories before Jon Ronson then takes it back to the world of business and media. there's many unexpectedly amusing moment t's and a good flow of narrative with each exploit or interview leading to the next chapter. I found this an entertaining 'read' and Jon does an excellent job articulating his text. Definitely worth a listen.