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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis Theroux Narrator: Louis Theroux Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Read by the author, this is Louis Theroux's hilarious and thought-provoking journey through weird America.

For 10 years, Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them. Along the way, Louis thinks about what drives him to spend so much time among weird people and considers whether he's learned anything about himself in the course of ten years working with them. Has he manipulated the people he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him?

From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the assorted dreamers and outlaws who have been his TV feeding ground. Attempting to understand a little about himself and the workings of his own mind, Louis considers questions such as: what is the difference between pathology and normal weirdness? Is there something particularly weird about Americans? What does it mean to be weird, or to be yourself? And do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " must see the miniseries it is a follow up on first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erica Chang | 2/4/2014

    " The interviews don't seem very in-depth... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaminah | 2/1/2014

    " Removed a bit of Louis' mystique. Watching the programmes I thought he was putting on a naieve persona that really cleverly ingratiated him into these people's worlds. Reading the book he seemed like he really is more of a bumbling duffer. Still like him though and it was good to see where some of the characters had ended up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew | 1/29/2014

    " Does what it says it will do. Necessary reading for any Louis fan, completely unnecessary for anyone else. Loved getting the updates on some classic figures from his documentaries. "

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