• The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 27-07-2017
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Originals
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (665 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

From best-selling writer Jon Ronson and the executive producer behind the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia, Audible Originals presents a new seven-episode series, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson.
[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.
About Jon Ronson:
Known for exploring the fringes of society, Jon Ronson is a best-selling writer, noted documentarian, and screenwriter – including the award-winning Frank and critically acclaimed Okja. He is the author of international hits So You've Been Publicly Shamed, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and The Psychopath Test, amongst others. A TED Talk favorite, Ronson is also a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life, the New York Times magazine, and GQ magazine.

A Note from Jon:
Hi everyone,
Welcome to The Butterfly Effect. It's sort of about porn, but it's about a lot of other things. It's sad, funny, moving and totally unlike some other nonfiction stories about porn - because it isn't judgmental or salacious. It's human and sweet and strange and lovely. It's a mystery story, an adventure. It's also, I think, a new way of telling a story. This season follows a single butterfly effect. The flap of the butterfly’s wings is a boy in Brussels having an idea. His idea is how to get rich from giving the world free online porn. Over seven episodes I trace the consequences of this idea, from consequence through to consequence. If you keep going in this way, where might you end up? It turns out you end up in the most surprising and unexpected places.
So if you're thinking, why do I want to listen to a show about the tech takeover of the porn industry, I have two things to say:
1. Why wouldn't you want to listen to a show about the tech takeover of the porn industry? That's a great idea for a show.
2. Would you want to listen to a show about three women destroying a mysterious Norwegian man's stamp collection? Well, that happens at the end of episode 2. At the end of Episode 3 a woman becomes convinced that she played a part in a murder committed by an Italian priest. At the end of Episode 4 a boy in Oklahoma is forced to move to a house on the very, very edge of his town.
I hope you like our show,
Jon Ronson
©2017 Audible Originals LLC (P)2017 Audible Originals LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-08-2017

Amazing and consistent

I love Jon Ronson's work generally. This is no different. It is kind, insightful, poignant and wistful. And the ending is as beautiful as its subject matter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul Kearney on 01-08-2017

incredible

This is incredible journalism. Ronson approaches the subject from many angles with a deep empathy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 11-08-2017

Pros and Cons of free porn.

I have to admit the only reason why I got this is because it was free. i am so glad I gave this a chance. This podcast, interview, investigative journalism really made me think of what actually happens when porn becomes free. Jon Ronson does a very good job being objective. He not only follows the Grandfather of free porn but also the actors, the victims of free porn, the people who have anxiety becuase of the easy access.

I will never think of Pornhub the same way again.

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18 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Luke Wellborn on 07-09-2017

Better than you think.

I downloaded the book because I was taking a family trip and I needed a book fast. I was familiar with the title because of the movie. THIS IS NOT THAT STORY. Later, while driving alone, I listened anyway. This story is intriguing. The writer clearly did his homework and carefully delved into his research. As an added bonus, there are different interviews throughout the story. To say the least, it was gripping. By the end of the story, I found myself with different views about free porn.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James F Dawes on 25-08-2017

Wow, just wow.

Cannot recommend this enough. A must for fans of Ronsons work but essential listening for anyone, especially those who on the face of it might normally avoid this subject.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By darren on 18-08-2017

Wow!

Started listening and thought I knew where it how it would end, totally wrong, really well done program, thought provoking and handled with care, enjoyable and informative, 5 star listen.

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