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"God invented mankind because he loves silly stories." - Ralph Steadman

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  • The Joke's Over

  • By: Ralph Steadman
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In early 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby, he met a former Hell's Angel, one Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote later that "The rest of that day blurs into madness. The rest of that night, too. Steadman was lucky to get out of Louisville without serious injuries, and I was lucky to get out at all." Thus began a 30-year friendship and a working relationship that gave birth to what became known as Gonzo Journalism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind The Scenes of Gonzo

  • By majordude on 04-28-09
Narrated by: James Adams
4 out of 5 stars
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Fear and Loathing

  • By Hugh on 05-21-11
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
4 out of 5 stars
  • The Rum Diary

  • A Novel
  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i own this paperback..

  • By Peter on 03-26-13
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
4 out of 5 stars
  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

  • The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

“Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation.

  • By Shaun on 11-21-11
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,819

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14
Narrated by: Tim Robbins
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Life

  • By: Linda H. Davis
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The private and professional life of the most intriguing and delightful of The New Yorker's cartoonists. The first complete biography of famed New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams, the 'father' of The Addams Family, which, with his widow's blessing, pulls out all the stops.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Marvelous Reading of My Book

  • By Linda H. Davis on 01-02-12
Narrated by: Don Hagen
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

  • The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip
  • By: Nevin Martell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

For ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life. In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Nevin Martell sets out on a very personal odyssey to understand the life and career of the intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Calvinball!!!!!!

  • By Blake Long on 12-14-14
Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
4 out of 5 stars
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Scarlett Johansson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976

Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson ( Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring) brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The young and imaginative Alice grows weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations", and follows a hasty hare underground - to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh My Ears and Whiskers, What A Delight!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-24-16
Narrated by: Scarlett Johansson
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Art & Fear

  • Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  • By: David Bayles, Ted Orland
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By zozobraswife on 05-10-12
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Daily Rituals

  • How Artists Work
  • By: Mason Currey
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050

Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Motivating and Interesting

  • By Jonny on 12-22-14
Narrated by: Adam Verner
4 out of 5 stars
  • Naked Lunch

  • The Restored Text
  • By: William S. Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 398

Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful rendition

  • By csk on 10-11-12
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
3.5 out of 5 stars
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18
Narrated by: John C. Reilly
4.5 out of 5 stars

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Audible is proud to sponsor a special retrospective of legendary artist Ralph Steadman's work. You can check out the exhibit in person:

University of Kentucky Art Museum - Lexington, Kentucky
February 16 - May 12, 2019

Can't make it to the exhibit? Hear a special companion narration and view select artworks from the show in the palm of your hand with our Ralph Steadman Audio Guide.