this was at first hard to listen to. I didn't give the narrator a fair chance so it sat in my library for months.
that being said when I did tackle it, it was one of the best audio books I have listened too!
The first Jon ronson I listened too. I wasn't sure at first but he fast becomes likeable and then lovable and then you don't want it to end.
I think the psychopath test is his best book just because it's both so shocking and well constructed. The way the stories are weaved together keeps you engaged and its a firm favourite for me. Great humour too
I love hearing him reading his own works. the storyline was a bit jumbled in this book (hence the one star less than full points for story) and yes, I did use the book to confirm my "diagnosis" of at least one person I know.
I often get bored reading non - fiction but I couldn't stop listening to this book. Ronson raises issues though stories about people he has met and the conversations he has with them, as well as his own insightful and honest reflections.
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.