I heard a lot about this book over the years and decided to give it a chance at 39 years old. I have also read Mr. Thompson's Hells Angel book and enjoyed the writing. I think this book would have been a little more relevant to me had I grown up in the 60's and 70's. I found myself unable to shut it off even though I didn't relate well to the insane drug induced lives these characters lead. I think that some parallels can be drawn from then to now however when you compare law enforcement knowledge of drug culture vs. the actual drug culture. Some things I think are still misunderstood. Give it a chance for sure is you haven't done so.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a degenerate rock star fueled by every chemical possible the this is the story for you! The Johnny Depp movie was almost a chapter by chapter visualization of this book, but even if you've seen the movie several times this will not disappoint. Masterfully narrated!
Awesome book, well narrated. However, the chapters in the book didn't align with the segmentation of the audio. Only 4 chapters, hard to navigate the book.
So, this book is mostly famous due to it's content of over-the-top drug use. That did make it interesting at times, and I enjoyed the book a lot. Sometimes, I found it a little hard to follow, which may be because it's an audiobook and I listen to it driving, so I may have missed a thing here or there. A lot of people have issues with the narrator, and although he didn't bother me, I understand why. His voice seemed kind of "happy" and "stoned out surfer-esque." I was imagining this character from the Johnny Depp movie, and he played it more serious and paranoid, so it gave a totally different feel to the book. Anyway, the story is nuts, and I did enjoy it.
Short of actually being there, this is as close as you can get to experiencing Las Vegas in 1971. Thankfully Hunter S. Thompson recorded it all!