- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Sept. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009TA59IU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Them: Adventures with Extremists Audio Download – Unabridged
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The Muslim fundamentalist Omar Bakri may have been a clown, but his antics are less entertaining today, after the London metro bombings (something Ronson also acknowledges in a foreword to the Swedish edition). The attacks on David Icke in Canada raise the question who is more insane: Icke or the people harassing him? As for Randy and Vicki Weaver, they were obviously the victims of a set up, to put it mildly. The paranoid crypto-Nazis who chase the Bilderbergers are disturbing, but so are the Bilderbergers themselves. One of the Bilderbergers, Dennis Healy, doesn't understand what on earth the fuzz is all about when interviewed by Ronson: "Sure we have secret meetings. So what? That's how it works. That's how thing are done".
So that makes it alright, then?
The high point of "Them" is Ronson's successful infiltration of the Bohemian Grove, where he manages to watch the secret ritual and mock sacrifice to the owl god. The "ritual" turns out to be a ridiculous, pseudo-Masonic college fraternity stunt. The thing looks more pathetic than menacing. Indeed, somebody suggests to Ronson that the Bilderbergers might actually *like* all the conspiracy theories about them. It boosts their egos. Today, nobody controls anything anymore.
Perhaps the full-length original version of "Them" is more entertaining. Or perhaps the Swedish translation is to blame?
I don't know, but I walked away from this book more convinced than before that the extremism of the conspiracy theorists is fuelled by the insanity of the real world...
My only problem with the book is that it storms off brilliantly, moving from one set of extremists to another, but this does not continue throughout the book. Therefore, it's only let down is that the start is so good, that the last half cannot possibly keep the same pace and quality of laughs.
Don't get me wrong, Ronson manages once again to portray remarkable people with the same kind of slightly suspect innocence that Louis Theroux uses on TV - so we meet everyone from an Islamic extremist to Ian Paisley, via David Icke - but the writing simply isn't knit together quite as beautifully.
Perhaps part of the problem is that the central theme here is slightly more flaky. What links all these people (and others) is the belief that a 'World Order' of important people meet up and shape all our destinies. The central focus of these beliefs seem to be primarily the Bilderberg Group and a strange American gathering involving giant owls that is more reminiscent of an extended Fraternity party than anything sinister.
Yes, these groups do bring together very important people for networking, but hardly for setting the whole world's agenda - apart from anything else, these groups only meet once a year, hardly enough to run things from day to day. Even so, Ronson's attempts to penetrate these gatherings is itself both funny in its mild incompetence and rather scary.
A good book then, very readable, and a real incite into the way that so many of these fringe people are inspired by the same conspiracy paranoia - but not quite Ronson's best.
The Kindle version, however, is rather disappointing. I noticed a large number of typing and formatting errors, particularly words pushed together without spaces between them. An accent symbol on a person's name, repeated many times in chapter 11, is presented as (what appears to be) an image rather than actual text. This causes lines containing this name to have huge gaps above and below. Frustratingly, this Amazon review will also not correctly display the accented character! However, I typed the word - with the accent - into a personal document, which I have subsequently viewed as plain text on my Kindle without any problems. It is definitely a character recognised by the Kindle so I have no idea why the publisher has chosen to present the work in this way.
I would not want to imply that the errors in the Kindle edition render it entirely unreadable. However, it does not do justice to Ronson's writing, and I would advise against rewarding the publisher for such a lazy and sloppy conversion into the digital format.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like Jon Ronson's style of writing and the subject matter is fascinating at times. Very well researched piece of work.Published 9 days ago by chris L
Highly entertaining journey with Jon spending time with people I'd rather not. Bilderberg group still scarey heck and not convincingly benign.Published 27 days ago by N.Silver
Excellent. I really am enjoying Jon Ronson's books. Unfortunately I think I have read nearly all of them now. :( Time to write some more Jon.Published 1 month ago by irrigation woman
Interesting, but Ronson doesn't really go all the way down the rabbit hole. How could he? He's employed, for the most part, by the mainstream.Published 1 month ago by David D.
Fascinating book! Very well written and amusingly told. Worrying that those people are out there, but great to have someone like Jon Ronson to follow them about and find out what's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C McCullough
Disturbingly comic- I enjoyed it, partly for its lightheartedness. I was however, saddened by the amount of hate towards certain groups, and found the actions of some agencies... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D
As someone who loves Louis Theroux, I approached this book thinking it would not gage my interest to the same level as the UKs original investigator of alternative (strange)... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bray
I enjoyed reading this in a hammock in Thailand on my kindle whilst drinking beer by the swimming pool. Thats good enough for me. I recommend it.Published 3 months ago by R. E. Burton
Disturbing and as usual totally captivating thanks to Ronson putting himself in discomfortable and at times utterly dangerous situations in order to get The Right Story from all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Rozzo