A fairly uncritical and naïve look at one particular personality disorder, and a failure to link the complexity of mental conditions and their associations with other personality disorders, the man who closed down all the factories is clearly a narcissist, as with borderline personality disorder, at the extreme end of the spectrum they are all basically psychopaths, but are either non violent or hurt themselves. I would run a mile from ‘Tony’, his barbaric and sadistic act of violence is not in the least mitigated by his upbringing, multitudes of people have terrible childhoods, his attack was classic predator and prey behaviour, he showed no remorse for his action or empathy for his victim. I reluctantly have to agree that Jon Ronson’s wishy-washy inconclusion was as one person described his view, ‘left wing and liberal’.
I really love Jon Ronson's writing style and I enjoy how he unpicks a non fiction topic in the style of a novel. I am looking forward to the new book.
I like how he skips about across a theme. You get the 'learning' but it keeps it interesting.
My new fave writer I think.
Keep The Truth Alive!
One of the most entertaining audio books I've listened to so far. Quirky 'journalism' but not serious research. Funny how 1% own the lion's share of the wealth and scientific estimates of psychopaths in society is also about 1%. (Though I have seen much higher estimates).
Remember most psychopaths are not crazy axe murderers. They are skilled confidence tricksters who will make you think butter wouldn't melt but who, pathologically speaking, have no conscience. Your boss might be one. You might have one in the family. How about your MP?
Their unique brain function makes it extremely easy for them to be two faced backstabbing liars. A skill that gives them an extreme competitive edge in society.
Ronson narrates this himself. He has an extremely engaging narrative style and knowing his own material is able to do a better job than a hired voice.
The interview with the Haitian death squad leader. This really gets across how a real psychopath views their prey and how charming they can be.
It was very engaging and one I enjoyed in a short time.
I was disappointed with the apologist attitude toward the CEO who stomped over so many lives and still thought himself a hero.
This is a great introduction to psychopathy/sociopathy and an easy and entertaining listen. It shows how you really need to know someone quite well before you can really begin to spot tell tale signs of psychopathy. Ultimately if the 1 in 100 psychopaths are the 1% who control our laws, the media and our governments - there's little chance we will wrestle the power back through reason or determination as they are always able to do the unconscionable.
As a child I taught myself to read and was lost in a world of books, but never had the luxury of being read to..until now!! Loving audible!
Absolutely. Jon Ronson made this book for me. I have immediately downloaded another of his books, as he is also the reader on that. Ronson's narrative style is engaging, funny and yet strangely relaxing. I bet his kids get great bedtime stories!
Ronson himself! Absurdedly neurotic yet normal. He shares his inner neurosis and that of the people he meets with humour, honesty and a strange wheedling....like a dog with a bone...he manages to work on his subjects in such a disarming way that they open up to him and are seemingly never offended by his digging into their lives and ultimately their minds....
This was my first, won't be my last!
Really, really interesting. I actually learnt a lot, and also remembered a lot from modern history, yet from the other side, ie. detectives and also institutions that house those deemed too dangerous to roam our streets. Fascinating stuff, brilliantly told.
Enlightening interesting thought-provoking
Learning what went on and probably still goes on behind the closed doors of institutions that are quite frankly being run by the very people that should be patients there! And the story of Tony, I found incredible and am still unsure of his mental state, if I deed there is one.
I just love Jon Ronson. His writing, his interests are all the same as mine and his voice just makes it!
Hmmmm, a lot of the common factors that make pshycopaths, pshycopaths! The disturbing nature of the abuse they suffered as children and that any human being especially a mother could inflict on her own child, such inhumane cruelty.
I personally have enjoyed every Jon Ronson book I have read or listened to and just wish he'd write one every week!
I've been addicted to books since I can remember. I will read anything! Listening is a relatively new skill.
Another fantastic piece of journalism. Witty and entertaining but most of all it is relevant and very troubling.
I really enjoyed this audiobook although it has made into a psychopath spotter!
I think it really benefitted from Ronson personally narrating as the story comes alive. I was so enthralled I listened to it in under 48hrs,
Funny and interesting