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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Audiobook

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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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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    christopher Arkansas 04-18-12
    christopher Arkansas 04-18-12 Member Since 2016

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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    mike wagner 09-27-16
    mike wagner 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Charmingly Vile"

    Hunter Thompson's alter ego is sweetly disgusting, amoral, and miraculously inmocent. Delicious dialogue and rhetoric.

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    Amazon Customer 08-12-16
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    "narrator could have respected hunter's cadence"

    I felt the narrator was not familiar enough with Hunter's cadence and style so parts of this were too dry

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    Matthew Trotter 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic Thompson tale."

    Thompson tells a mad story in a way only he can. McLarty makes it breath.

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    colter lammey 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book. so-so narration"

    narration did not capture that well in my opinion. but other then that one of my favorite books.

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    Kevin 06-22-16
    Kevin 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "yep."

    It was an intense run of insanity, that washed me away. It was almost as if I was spinning and raging with HST.

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    Zac E. 05-19-16
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    "best book ever"

    this book is like living through the best drug trip ever. all the ups, no hangover.

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    Ben I. 01-26-16
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    "I grew up in the wrong time and place for this book"

    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.

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    Jeremie F Pettit 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Psychedelic Roller Coaster"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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