• Frank

  • The True Story that Inspired the Movie
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-15-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.2 (288 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong.
Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie is a memoir of funny, sad times and a tribute to outsider artists too wonderfully strange to ever make it in the mainstream. It tells the true story behind the fictionalized movie.
Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of four best sellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London and New York City.
©2014 Jon Ronson (P)2014 Audible Ltd
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By Joshua Kring on 05-06-15

Not My Favorite

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I love Jon Robson's books, but this short little story was lacking something. I'm not sure what. I do know this was 10 times better than that God awful movie which I bought before listening to the story, but watched just a day or two later. Don't bother with that.

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By Pattywolford on 04-09-14

Now, looking forward to the movie!

Jon Ronson narrates this as well, and it is excellent, mostly because of his own insights as he reads his own words. This is my 4th Audible purchase of his books here. I would also have purchased The Men Who Stare at Goats, but the narrator is not Jon Ronson, and lacks the quality of his readings.

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By Paul D on 01-21-14

Interesting little tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great fun and interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Frank . . . . .

What does Jon Ronson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Laid back? Dead pan? Some i am sure will find his delivery boring. Myself, after i have got over the first five minutes, i find his delivery to be a major part of my enjoyment. In large part i think his lack of "colour" enhances his non-judgemental narrative of events. Strange also how his love and fascination of people shines through this dead pan delivery.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Just a short little tale , but full of lotd of interesting people

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy Jon Ronsons work and narration my only criticism of this eotk is that it just too short. Certainly left me wanting more

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By Kaggy on 05-03-14

The the really interesting part of the 80s

Listening to Jon Ronson tell a story is like being lucky enough to sit next to the most charismatic guest at a wedding. Don't kid yourself that this is a one trick pony. In a very short time he covers a wide range of anecdotal stories about the outsiders of the music scene. Some are funny, some are sad and some are simply astonishing. I can't wait to see the film.
I defy anybody listening to this not to want to investigate further into The Shaggs.

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By Anonymous User on 07-08-17

great addition to movie

really enjoyed the movie and equally enjoyed the story behind it.

narration from Jon Robson was great as well.

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By Bec Booton on 11-10-15

Interesting Jon Ronson backstory

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This one is shorter than the rest and more about Jon’s own history. He uses his witty style to remember the days he was in a band with ‘Frank’. It was also made into a movie and it’s very clever! Loved it!

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