©1971 Hunter S. Thompson; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"The best book on the dope decade." (The New York Times Book Review)
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.
...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.
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.
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.
All of the places where main character knows it not a good idea, but of course this does not stop him from being reckless.
I will be looking for more from this infamous author.
best audio book i have heard yet
It crept up my spine like first rising vibes of an acid frenzy
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.
written by a man who never "just said no"
I didn't live in the 60s so maybe I'm unqualified to judge Thompson's satirical prowess, but the book didn't really seem that effective at satirizing anything. He did a lot of drugs and had a bizarre time in Vegas. The story was weird and interesting but also meandering and seemingly pointless. Perhaps there wasn't supposed to be a "point" but I was waiting for something biting or insightful and it never came. I was still entertained though. People are saying the narrator did an awful job, but I thought his narration was compelling with its tone of impending insanity. The book was very much like an acid trip, except you don't get the fleeting, overwhelming epiphanies.
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
I had not seen the movie and only knew a bit about Hunter S. Thompson, so my expectations re: the story and narrator were not set. And every so often, I'll pick up a classic story if only to try and give myself a modicum of coolness in the circles a run in ;-).
First the story. I had to look up Gozo Journalism half-way through the listen and am glad I did because it helped give important context to the book. While it's a story, it's also an article on the Mint 400 and a Law Enforcement conference in Vegas - seen through the eyes of a degenerate drug fiend and his equally deprived friend. In a way it's genius. It's reporting that tells of events while at the same time intertwining an interesting historical sub-culture of the US and this combination greatly enhances the story that the reporter is trying to put across. And what a sub-culture it is! I thought I was wild as a teenager and young man, but my achievements are but an anthill to Thompson's Everest. The drugs and shenanigans these two guys get into... And the drugs. Wow there's a lot of them.
For me however, it all became a bit too much. At some point it dawned on me that today there are Hunter S. Thompson's out there right now, acting like jackasses, ruining their lives and the lives of others without a care, only for their own personal gratification. We all run into them from time to time and it's not fun. I'm for having a great time, but I guess I felt it was all a bit too much and it turned me off. Perhaps that makes me old or maybe normal. I'm not sure which.
In any event, as a piece of journalism, I guess this was and is a pretty cool piece of work, but as book to enjoy, I struggled with it. To be clear there are some really funny parts, but the parts in between made me squeamish and eventually annoyed, so at the end of the day I gave a middle of the road review.
I did really like the narrator. I thought he nailed the two main characters.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
This book is just strange. Maybe it is because I have never enjoyed the drug culture, but I just could not finish it.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"Just the best"
It needs no intro...none at all...really it needs nothing more to be said about it...it's just best.
Manic, witty, fun.
The wreckless selfishness it represents of the so-called 'American Dream'.
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.
I didn't cry. I did laugh. It is a black comedy.
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