Call of the Weird

Version: Abridged
Author: Louis Theroux
Narrator: Louis Theroux
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Travel
Publisher: MacMillan UK
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Read by the author, this is Louis Theroux's hilarious and thought-provoking journey through weird America.

For ten 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?

Reviews (2)

Rare Find

Written by Anonymous on November 11th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. One of those rare instances where the author himself is the best reader.

Good book!

Written by M Bedford, Barnsley, England on October 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book. It was quick and easy to listen to and having watched all of the Louis Theroux TV programmes, it was very interesting to catch up on the characters that he met in them. But I was surprised to find that many of the programmes had been aired so long ago! And to be reminded just HOW weird people can be!