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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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    Ryan T. Nichols 07-03-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Ron McLarty?"

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. Unfortunately, I think Ron McLarty's narration really missed the mark. He sounds like a stoned surfer from Malibu, rather than Hunter. Maybe my problem is I had seen Hunter speak a few times, seen documentaries, even met him once, and McLarty comes off a little too much like Jeff Spiccolli from Fast Times. If you've never seen or heard Hunter speak or read, you might really enjoy it, but for the more familiar, hardcore Gonzo fans, you might want to skip this one.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    "Gonzo Lives!"

    This is one of the best books I enjoyed on Audible. It is certainly not for everyone, "R" rated, but captures the essence of Gonzo journalism and Rolling Stone Magazine in the 60s and 70s. Exceptional narration.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Askim, Norway 10-31-11
    Gabriel Askim, Norway 10-31-11
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    "Exaclty what you expect, and perfect narration"

    This is a classic. You all know what it's about (drugs). And it's exactly what you expect.

    The narration is just perfect. He nails the mood of the situation and the character of Thompson.

    Haha. His attorney is a really funny guy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Pasadena, CA, United States 05-21-11
    Hugh Pasadena, CA, United States 05-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Too Much Fear and Loathing"

    Just goes to show, you can have great ingredients, but with the wrong chef, you still don't get much of a meal. First audio book in a year that I just stopped listening to, and put on the shelf. I felt like there was a little too much Ron McLarty and he overpowered Hunter Thompson's writing. Accents we're odd and inconsistent. Just my personal taste, take it with a grain of salt.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mitch Alexandria, VA, USA 05-31-08
    Mitch Alexandria, VA, USA 05-31-08
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    "A Review"

    Have read this at least 20 times since high school,college, grad school. I couldn't get past the narrator's voice. It kills me to not finish a book but this one was "ejected" after 10 painful minutes.

    Warning: listen to sample before spending $$$!

    26 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Kendall Park, NJ, United States 10-23-05
    Ian Kendall Park, NJ, United States 10-23-05 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best on Audible"

    This book oon the drug counterculture in california iin the early 70s is a masterpiece as written.
    The reading is as good or better--
    Brilliant--if you are in any way interested in this American period sociologically.
    Almost done with it---definitely will listen again.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James Bethesda, MD, United States 05-24-06
    James Bethesda, MD, United States 05-24-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Sharp and Still Relevant"

    This is a highly entertaining download. It is occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but also is filled with searingly sharp observations of American culture. Thompson is writer of rare skill, his mastery of the craft sometimes takes your breath away, he's that good.

    The book is occasionally a little disjointed (not surprising given the drug use it chronicles in great detail) and will certainly offend those who tend to very straight-laced, conservative Republican views, but it richly deserves its status as an American classic. It translates well into an audiobook format and the quality of the narration is very high. Recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marius Irene, South Africa 10-18-07
    Marius Irene, South Africa 10-18-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Fear not"

    Not quite sure how to describe this all-time classic, so I won’t. Suffice to say that you shouldn’t miss it! The narrator, Ron McLarty, hits the spot exactly. There’s nothing about this book that could be improved.

    6 of 8 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 8 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 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Marian
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • mr. s.l.bartlett
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil S. Reddy
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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.

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  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
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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.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Trappitt
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    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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