Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson rocked the literary world with his mind-bending style of Gonzo journalism. First published in 1966, Hell’s Angels is Thompson’s up-close and personal look at the infamous motorcycle gang during the time when its moniker was most feared.
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“[Thompson’s] language is brilliant … [he] has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never dare encounter.” (New York Times)
I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and
I had read The Hell's Angels back in high school in the 70s, well before I began riding motorcycles myself. It was a good read then and an even better audio book now. The story will make you cringe at one moment and laugh the next. The Angles are part of American folklore. Hoodlums that are feared my most of the rest of us, yet they hold a certain kind of fascination. The modern day outlaw, riding on his steel ride across the land with little regard for the law. Of course, reality does get in the way.
Thompson tells it like it is, not glorifying the Angles but seeing them for who they are. At the same time, he understands them and seems to have a bond with them. He rides with them, parties with them and in the end gets a beating from them. This is a good book if you ride or not, a look back at part of American life in the 60s without the rose colored glasses that so often go on when this era is talked about. It was not all peace and love.
Scott Sowers is the perfect narrator for this book. His gritty delivery fits perfectly and you feel like your riding right along with Thompson. I have been listening to audio book for over a year now and this is perhaps the best fit of any book-narrator.
I'm a regular guy who got tired of listening to the radio when I drive. Now I listen to anything that might intrigue or entertain me.
Yes, It's very entertaining.
I knew the ending before I read the book. For some reason the tag line that was on the original book that went something like "I lived with and was almost killed by the Hells Angels" is nowhere to be found on the modern audio book. As a side note, the idea that Hunter S. Thompson would pick a fight just so he could write that tag line to sell a book is almost laughable. That is actually a theory that a certain Hells Angel set forth in a certain very popular book.
He does a fine job getting into the character of Hunter S. Thompson. I almost feel as if I know the man.
"I partied with, lived with and was almost killed by the Hell's Angels"
So much has changed since the 1960's and yet at the core of it all, motorcycle gangs are essentially composed of the same sort of people then and now. They do essentially the same sorts of things; rape, murder, drugs, drug selling, various and assundry dirty deeds. If the men in these gangs did anything other than ride motorcycles, society would regard them with the contempt and loathing they warrant. How interesting is human nature that motorcycles transform lowly thugs into something other than what they are? Same thing for pirates of yesteryear. I myself can feel and taste the answer, yet find it impossible to put it into words.
It's a great peek into the racous lifestyle of the Hells Angels in California in the sixties. I listen to it on my bike ride to and from work. Transforms my crappy road bike into a roaring Harley
Having just listened to "Fear and Loathing" and having read "Rum Diaries", I expected something different from this book. What I found instead was a straight up journalism piece. Great if you're really interested in the Hell's Angels but terrible if you're looking for Hunter S. Thompson's personal touches. I found it repetitive and somewhat tedious. As for the narration, the narrator seemed to feel he needed to emphasize every sentence with force, which I didn't care for. Overall not a bad book, just not what I was expecting or wanting.
The gritty realistic inside look of Hell's Angles of the 1960's told in the distinctive Hunter S. Thompson style.
Scott Sowers's narration, for me, made this book difficult to listen to. Immediately prior to this audiobook I had listened to "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone" narrated by Phil Gigante and found his narration significantly more complimentary to Hunter S Thompson's writing style.
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