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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: June 2007 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 1/23/2014

    " A series of small stories that are a revisit of Theroux's old documentary subjects. An interesting look into fringe cultures of the United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Parrish | 1/16/2014

    " It was OK, not super funny or ground breaking but entertaining or. It had been awhile since I'd seen any of his doc's but they are all up on you tube. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis Taylor | 1/7/2014

    " :-D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Marie | 11/23/2013

    " I love Louis. At times it is hard to come to terms with the cringe-worthy parts of American culture, but Louis takes a look at American subculture in what I perceive to be in an un-mocking way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristian | 11/7/2013

    " A book with unexpected profundity and depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hobbs | 10/6/2013

    " Good read. He recaps his documentaries enough do you don't have to have seen them to enjoy the book, but I think it will mean more to revisit these characters if you have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amar Pai | 7/11/2013

    " Not as good as his TV show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Girvin | 6/29/2013

    " Funny and very well written by the genius journalist. Geek is cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 11/4/2012

    " Interesting and creepy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart Cunningham | 10/13/2012

    " Love Theroux but there's nothing majorly new in this rehash of the tv shows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iain | 9/9/2012

    " Enjoyable enough book. Unusually, I ultimately preferred the TV series (call me lazy). Interesting enough read about American sub-cultures though. Good to pick up and maybe read a chapter at a time before bed. Entertaining if slightly disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Leach | 4/13/2012

    " Enjoyable "chewing gum" read. Didn't really learn anything, but fun all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karl Kenny | 12/5/2011

    " Not as good as Louis' television documentary work. I love his manner and personable nature and it does not come thru in his writing. Good, not great and fans of Louis Theroux would be disappointed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverley | 11/12/2011

    " alarious as always the strangeness of people a subject I love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2011

    " I love Louis and his documentaries so I loved revisiting the familiar characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/6/2011

    " 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 Phillip | 11/25/2010

    " This book works well if you've seen Louis' television show. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 3/23/2010

    " I hold a pretty large bias against most of the groups the author visited in this book - which is, of course, why he wanted to do stories about them. None the less, the book didn't hold my attention the way it was probably supposed to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 stephanie | 3/23/2010

    " would've been better if chuck klosterman wrote it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ocean | 1/5/2010

    " now *this* was hilarious. especially the part about the UFO enthusiast who believed that he was a chinese librarian in a past life who died chasing a butterfly off a cliff...OMG! i absolutely love wingnuts & louis theroux apparently does too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverley | 11/5/2009

    " alarious as always the strangeness of people a subject I love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lex | 10/31/2009

    " A series of small stories that are a revisit of Theroux's old documentary subjects. An interesting look into fringe cultures of the United States. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pauline | 9/28/2009

    " I had seen the series on TV so I felt like I was reviewing it as he ultimately had to retell soem of the first encounters in orer to explain the follow-up.
    It was a good effort but I enjoy watching him engage with people more than reading about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iain | 8/17/2009

    " Enjoyable enough book. Unusually, I ultimately preferred the TV series (call me lazy). Interesting enough read about American sub-cultures though. Good to pick up and maybe read a chapter at a time before bed. Entertaining if slightly disturbing.
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