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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas | [Hunter S. Thompson]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.
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Publisher's Summary

Maverick author Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to "gonzo journalism" with this cult classic that shot back up the best seller lists after Thompson's suicide in 2005. No book ever written has more perfectly captured the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

©1971 Hunter S. Thompson; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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"The best book on the dope decade." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    christopher Round O, SC, United States 04-18-12
    christopher Round O, SC, United States 04-18-12

    Just an all around awesome person.

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    "A rare situation where the move was better."

    This was so worth the money I was walking around work laughing at the craziness of these guys. I liked the movie so much better, but what a great read. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get a little more than what the movie had to offer.

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    Lucy 04-14-15
    Lucy 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the story, HATE the narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator! The tone of voice was so damn annoying I didn't bother finishing the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

    Unfortunately I didn't finish listening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty’s performances?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the movie, its more entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Milpitas, CA, United States 04-13-15
    Michael Milpitas, CA, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny story, not sure if it's as relevant today"

    Great reflection on a time and place in American history. Informative, funny, scary, quick and worth the read. I am not sure it is an American classic but short enough that it's worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-13-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "I laughed A LOT!!!!"
    Would you listen to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas again? Why?

    IDK..it is really a crazy listen and it jumps around a lot...the story is non existent...but the performance is incredible!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the drug abuse...lol


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I would...he is entertaining!


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

    No...but I laughed and laughed!


    Any additional comments?

    This is not so much a story as a performance..there is a little story there..but its more a paranoid rant that is hilarious...yes I have seen the movie...and this is worth a listen...but don't take it to seriously...and if you cant find humor in severe drug abuse and partying...than don't even bother...it is well written...and performed...just crazy...I did enjoy it though!

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    undrwo 04-02-15
    undrwo 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "pure mayhem, a total classic"

    A strong narrator delivers Hunter S Thompson's iconic book with ease and good humour. The story is such a well known one, thanks to the film, but actually going back to the text itself is a fun experience for people who met Raoul Duke for the first time through Johnny Depp. I'm not going to review the content of the story, because what's the point- it's Fear and Loathing, I'll just say that this is a perfect audiobook version of it, from start to finish.

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    Ty Lewis 03-28-15
    Ty Lewis 03-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Drugs make and break this book"

    Thompson found something amazing here. Drugs make this book interesting and sometimes hard to follow. It's quite the story.

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    ace 03-22-15
    ace 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good."

    Liked it. Short and sweet. Made me want to follow in some footsteps there, though the times are different these days. Great performance. Consistent and dynamic at all the right times. Story is fairly straightforward, but still eye-opening for me. I recommend.

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    Richard 03-04-15
    Richard 03-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "fun mind trip."

    a very fun interesting mind trip. makes you feel like you are almost as messed up as the author was.

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    Chris McKay 02-24-15
    Chris McKay 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful writer. Horrible person."

    The story is interesting but full of loathing (go figure). The writing talent of Thompson is impressive considering how fried his brain must have been but God, he was a miserable person.

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    Dolores LUTZ, FL, United States 02-11-15
    Dolores LUTZ, FL, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "My first HS Thompson novel"

    ...and I think it will be my last. I guess I am just not into gonzo journalism, but I could not wait for this short book to be finished. The narrator did a good job, but the story was just bizarre and unpleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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