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30 review for The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    George

    4 very short stories. Review short, too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex Daniel

    Fun. 3 out of the 4 stories are good. Short and sweet, I don't think I'd mind it if Ronson released a longer, fuller version of stories like these. It's a bit of a change from the usual gonzo-journalism work because the subject is his family. Another reviewer drew comparisons to David Sedaris, and that feels spot-on.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    Short but sweet; this brief audiobook is a look into the family life of autor Jone Ronson. I came to read Ronson after intriged to read The Men Who Stare at Goats after enjoying the movie it inspired. Now, from this work I learn Ronson has home tales to tell as interesting as those of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs. Well, "limone", tell us more! Short but sweet; this brief audiobook is a look into the family life of autor Jone Ronson. I came to read Ronson after intriged to read The Men Who Stare at Goats after enjoying the movie it inspired. Now, from this work I learn Ronson has home tales to tell as interesting as those of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs. Well, "limone", tell us more!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shom Biswas

    "Excellent. Very Funny." Copy-pasting my Audible review: If you could sum up FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life in three words, what would they be? Everyday. Funny. Endearing. Who was your favorite character and why? Jon himself. Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite? Jon himself. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Yes. The soup incident totally made me laugh out loud. Any additional comments? More such free s "Excellent. Very Funny." Copy-pasting my Audible review: If you could sum up FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life in three words, what would they be? Everyday. Funny. Endearing. Who was your favorite character and why? Jon himself. Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite? Jon himself. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Yes. The soup incident totally made me laugh out loud. Any additional comments? More such free snippets please

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This was my first listen to Jon Ronson and his voice took a few minutes to get used to, but then I liked it. These four stories are very humorous and I laughed out loud at the last one about his parents' hotel and his mother wanting to put a family painting in the lobby. This story especially reminded me of David Sedaris. I would recommend this short listen to anyone - a very pleasant way to spend a half hour!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Molly Garner

    WARNING: if you don't like foul language, skip the first essay. However, if you love the most foul language (like me) you'll treasure this essay. The first essay in this collection is so wonderful! It strikes at the heart of what it is to be a modern parent, and too, a child. Love it! The others were good as well, one I had already heard on This American Life. I go back to them when I want some "light" Ronson. The first essay, however, wonderfully crafted and devilishly delicious!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I was desperate for an audio book and didn't have any recommendations. This one was available for free on audible.com so I figured I didn't have anything to lose. It exceeded my expectations! It was as good as any David Sedaris essays. Very light and funny. I was only sorry that it was over in less than 30 minutes. I would have hiked longer if the book was longer!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Hartzenberg

    I am apparently the only person alive who does not know this author! I liked these shorts but would have preferred more and longer stories. I loved Gary Player making the list for famous people though. Listened to this on audio and I liked the British humour! WaAr

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a freebie from Audible. Only 27 minutes long, I listened to it during lunch today. So funny. This is my first exposure to Jon Ronson, and it definitely made me want to look into his other works.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tamasha

    Listened as an audiobook. Jon Ronson is narcissistic, insecure, and incredibly funny. Though I first came across his semi-journalistic work on NPR, I greatly prefer his autobiographical short stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)

    I literally laughed out loud with this one. The first story made me giggle, the second had me laugh so hard and the third and fourth ones had me smiling. I listened to Jon narrate this while I was stuck in holiday traffic outside of Atlanta. His humor was much needed!

  12. 4 out of 5

    James

    A nice little slice.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Very short but a great introduction to Jon Ronson's work. Funny, honest, quirky and entertaining enough to persuade me to invest in lots more of his stuff.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    A young boy asks his father what he worst swear word is? Would you tell your Son? It's the funniest short story. Audible freebie, well worth the download,

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Thurlow

    This collection of short stories is great. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mr. Ronson describe four episodes from his own life. I've never laughed so hard about soup ever before.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Reminiscent of Sedaris. Funny, personal. Worth your time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Short but hilarious with a good touch of ... vicarious ... embarrassment. Especially the second story made me laugh.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    Insight into this author's life. Funny, quirky, interesting. I would listen to more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

    Witty observations on family life. As mentioned elsewhere Ronson's voice took a couple of sentences to adjust to but after that was entertaining.

  20. 4 out of 5

    julia

    This was great. Really made me laugh. Definitely going to check out more of Ronson's work!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Short, sweet and funny, but confirms my feelings that Ronson should be read and not heard. I have no problem with his voice, but his delivery jars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    A wonderfully hilarious set of stories that only makes me love Jon Ronson even more! (And it was free!)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fran Brown

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craig Christensen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Farrell

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Craig

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rae

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kat Memery

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