Attempting Normal

  • by Marc Maron
  • Narrated by Marc Maron
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

People make a mess.
Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.
Attempting Normal is Marc Maron's journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f--kup who's trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.

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What the Critics Say



10 Best Audiobooks of 2013 (Salon)"An already enjoyable memoir, the audio version benefits from the improvisatory ease Maron developed as a stand-up comic, Air America radioman and host of the popular 'WTF with Marc Maron' podcast, from which much of the book's content was developed. The audiobook, which includes excerpts from the podcast, veers wildly from personal history to confession to documentary to punch line to psychoanalysis to intellectual rant to anti-intellectual armoring to inside joke to dead serious to deflatingly unhyperbolic to high to crude to political to nostalgic to philosophical to historical to proud to self-abasing, and it keeps the listener happily off-balance." (Kyle Minor, Salon)
"I've known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he's passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny." (David Cross)
"Devastatingly funny." (Los Angeles Times)
"The stuff of comedy legend." (Rolling Stone)

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loved it

A very funny,clever, witty insecure and insightful man who made me laugh loud out. The fact that he likes cats gives him an added appeal in my view and his (presumably) honest portrayal of his love life was a joy...in parts. I had never heard of him previously but would certainly buy any further books he writes. Highly recommended
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- The Reluctant Hermit

Acerbic and at his brilliant best.

Would you consider the audio edition of Attempting Normal to be better than the print version?

Not read print version but his voice and delivery add so much so I'd guess it was better.


What did you like best about this story?

Honesty and his usual no nonsense approach to story telling.


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

Pace and delivery of story was excellent. Brings to life his pain and makes the more awkward parts even more awkward.


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

His relationship break-down and ex-wife stories. Hilarious and brutally honest.


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- Darren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-04-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio