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.
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
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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