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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Good, but let down by Theroux's 'accents'
Nice to have an audio version of Louis Theroux's usual schtick. But, when he's quoting his various interviewees, for some reason he does cringingly bad accents and impersonations. Some of the time it makes it sound like he's mocking them, which jars with his usual journalistic style. A bit ill advised perhaps.
If only Louis Theroux could narrate every audio book. Content of the book was good as well. Only criticism is that it was quite a short book.
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