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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Noam United States 06-20-12
    Noam United States 06-20-12
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    "Wonderful narration for a great book"
    Where does Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list


    What other book might you compare Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to and why?

    Catch-22, the overall tone.


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

    I have not, but am sure to look for some in the near future - wonderful narration!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It most certainly did.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 03-12-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "Yuck!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I get that this has a bit of a cult following however I was surprised to find it has no plot. It is just a nonstop jumble of more and more outrageous escapades by two guys that seem determined to kill themselves through the ever increasing application of every pharmaceutical they can get.


    Has Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, this genre will always be like watching a train wreck for me.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty’s voice?

    Richard Dreyfus' older brother. Hmm. Count the name as one word.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Revulsion. I was actually unable to finish this book due to the ever increasing depravity of the two principal characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt obligated to finish the story so I tried the movie which is near verbatim that of the book. I still could not bring my self to finish. Even if it all comes together in the end I feel the journey could not have been worth the trip.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 02-10-14
    Tim United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Over The Top"

    I'm not really sure how I feel about "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Vegas and acid trips were very redundant, than again I didn't find the movie much better either. Maybe I was born a different time to respect Hunter S. Thompson, but I'm not into bikers, dopers, or hoes. I found the book completely over the top and to be very basic.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Rob in Virginia Annapolis, MD 05-16-15
    Rob in Virginia Annapolis, MD 05-16-15
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    "Excellent voice acting"

    At first I was put off by narrator Ron McLarty's delivery, since he sounds nothing like Dr. Hunter S Thompson. But after the first 20 minutes, I was enjoying the story and especially McLarty's voice characterizations so much that I that I revelled in this audiobook. As for the story, well, if you're into gonzo journalism, this is the best there is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ty Lewis 03-28-15
    Ty Lewis 03-28-15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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