The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. "It was a gold rush," says the author. "There were naked people everywhere and we all had credit."
© Hunter S. Thompson; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"His style is less hallucinatory and exclamatory than it later became, but the groundwork is there." (Publishers Weekly)
I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, became a devotee of Hunter S. Thompson, really enjoyed it but the pages came to life in The Rum Diary, while listening to it on Audible. The characters are engaging and Mr. Scott did an excellent job reading this novel. Enjoyed this audiobook more than any other I have listened to.
Easily my favorite audiobook. I only wish it wasn't abridged, because it's a great story. Campbell Scott also has a great voice and nails the voices and accents. I'll look for more of his narrations.
Audiobooks makes my 10+hour commutes every week alot more bearable. :)
The book is one of my favorites, but after ten minutes i couldnt listen any more, the guy reading is totally oblivious to the atmosphere of the story. Sorry, but not worth downloading.
Great narration and story. It was a little hard to remember which character was which and not get the names mixed up because there were a lot of characters introduced all at once, but it worked. The only bummer for me is that I didn't realize it is the abridged version. I would definitely rather read the unabridged.
I am a huge fan of HST and was thrilled when the audio book became available. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Mr. Thompson's work!
Seedy, Humidity, newspaper
It ended pretty much as I thought it would. There were a few surprises.
I liked the scene where he first sees the newsroom and meets the people there. I could just picture it. Seemed very true-to-life.
There's more to Puerto Rico besides sand and surf.
The narrator was great, he has a mellow voice that doesn't get old. I listened to this entire book without stopping. In addition, this book is awesome. Its raw HST, but with an unexpected explosion of intense hints of romance. My wife reads me excerpts from her romance novels all the time, and I thought the romance in this novel was as good if not better than any of them. Makes me wish he would have written more novels like this one. Keep in mind, this is coming from a guy who jokes about his wife's romance novels and likes the traditional, raw HST. I think this book further reinforces the fact that HST was one of the greatest writers of our time.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
This book (much like fear and Loathing) has NO direction, NO plot, HORRIBLE character development, NO unique twists....I could keep going. Look, if you like Johnny Depp, then give to one of his charities, but don't waste your time on this book. It is so boring and so hard to get through, you will end up hating yourself.
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