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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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    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
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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
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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.

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    Paula 01-17-15
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    "great story "

    This is a great story. I love the dialogue. the story can get confusing at times with all the flash backs and hallucinations through. I recommend this book to people that have a good imagegination. It seems like the story starts off at the climax and stays on that level for a while until it slows down where the climax usually is. I was definitely more into the book at the beginning and I thought the end could of been more interesting. overall this is a classic must read.

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    Teresa B 01-05-15
    Teresa B 01-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "I new fan of Hunter S. Thompson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I would say I prefer the audiobook to the movie. Even though I am a Johnny Depp fan. The story is much better in your head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hunter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the places where main character knows it not a good idea, but of course this does not stop him from being reckless.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be looking for more from this infamous author.

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    Andrijan 12-02-14
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    "The book is awesome, but the reading, not so."
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Everything. Hire god damn John Depp to do it, I would pay way more if needed.


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    GanjaPlanta 08-14-14
    GanjaPlanta 08-14-14
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    "HST must read"
    Where does Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    best audio book i have heard yet


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

    It crept up my spine like first rising vibes of an acid frenzy


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    duke


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

    Well... it'll probably work out. We can keep her loaded and peddle her ass at the drug convention. Yeah. She's perfect for this gig. These cops will go fifty bucks a head to beat her into submission and then gang-fuck her. We can set her up in one of these back street motels, hang pictures of Jesus all over the room, then turn these fucking pigs loose on her. Hell, she's strong, man. She'll hold her own.


    Any additional comments?

    written by a man who never "just said no"

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  • mr. s.l.bartlett
    4/11/15
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    "Roller coaster ride of drug abuse"

    The narration of the book helps to make the disjointed nature of the story roll along more evenly than you would expect. it is well told and the characters come alive. it is hard to believe that this book was written over forty years ago as certain aspects of the culture and lifestyle are as fresh today as they were then and nothing seems dated, it seems relevant, almost as if you could have the same wild adventure today as you could then and nothing would have changed except for the names of the politicians. All in all a solid 5/5 and highly recommended by this listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marian
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    7/15/12
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    "BRILLIANT"

    I READ THIS BOOK AND ALSO SAW THE FILM BUT NONE OF THEM COMPARE WITH THE AUDIO BOOK. I LAUGHED SO MUCH AND REALLY ENJOYED THE PURE MADNESS. THE NARRATOR IS FABULOUS AND PORTRAYS THE EVENTS SO WELL THAT I FELT LIKE I WAS ACTUALLY THERE.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • dizzyvick
    7/20/15
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    "Drug feuled trip to Las Vegas"

    An over the top account of a mind bending trip to Las Vegas I must admit one of the best audible narrator I have heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    4/13/13
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    "Rooooooooooaaaaaaaaad Triiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip...."

    It's all you thought and some thoughts you couldn't have without chemical assistance.



    This strangely lyrical journey too and from Las Vegas was something I found I couldn't just dip in to. You have to take big slugs and then just hang on and look out... I couldn't decide whether it was a journey I wish I was brave enough to go on, or one I took and just couldn't remember.



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    4/25/16
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    "Why not?"

    Worth listening to for Ron McLarty's performance alone - he's great for this character.

    The book tells of a drug fueled trip to Las Vegas - and the craziness that inevitably ensues. Probably the precursor to Hangover and other road trip type stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ReadingWild
    England
    2/24/15
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    "Just the best"

    It needs no intro...none at all...really it needs nothing more to be said about it...it's just best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Trappitt
    Market Harborough, Leics
    7/11/14
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    "Fun Listen"
    If you could sum up Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in three words, what would they be?

    Manic, witty, fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wreckless selfishness it represents of the so-called 'American Dream'.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    He was pretty good. Johnny Depp repeats dialogue from the book word for word mostly, so it is difficult not to compare it with him. Depp is obviously better, but McLarty is good.


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

    I didn't cry. I did laugh. It is a black comedy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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