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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Audiobook

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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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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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 03-20-14
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

    An irreverent mockery of the American dream in all of its filthy greedy excess. I loved this book. Its hard to believe that a guy so wacked out on drugs could be so observant and acute. This has to be Hunter S. Thompson's magnum opus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christopher Arkansas 04-18-12
    christopher Arkansas 04-18-12 Member Since 2017

    Just an all around awesome person.

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    "A rare situation where the move was better."

    This was so worth the money I was walking around work laughing at the craziness of these guys. I liked the movie so much better, but what a great read. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get a little more than what the movie had to offer.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Noam United States 06-20-12
    Noam United States 06-20-12
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    "Wonderful narration for a great book"
    Where does Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list


    What other book might you compare Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to and why?

    Catch-22, the overall tone.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but am sure to look for some in the near future - wonderful narration!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It most certainly did.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Helms 05-16-17
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    A classic run ride to find the American dream captured perfectly by the narrator's style

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    David 03-17-17
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    "buy the book take the ride"

    Another classic from HTS, this insane ride through paranoia and grapefruit is a must read

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    Matthew 12-07-16
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    "I hear a lot of people complain."

    That the story doesn't follow a normal narrative but I don't feel like it hurts it any. It's more akin to something like Napoleon Dynamite where it's a day in the life of type of story. I loved it and would absolutely recommend. The weakest part is probably the narrator but he's not that bad.

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    Jedperks 10-23-16
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    "Excellent"

    I've seen that movie a few times and the book was just as good if not better. it had me laughing out loud. and a narrator did a perfect job

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    mike wagner 09-27-16
    mike wagner 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Charmingly Vile"

    Hunter Thompson's alter ego is sweetly disgusting, amoral, and miraculously inmocent. Delicious dialogue and rhetoric.

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    "narrator could have respected hunter's cadence"

    I felt the narrator was not familiar enough with Hunter's cadence and style so parts of this were too dry

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    "A classic Thompson tale."

    Thompson tells a mad story in a way only he can. McLarty makes it breath.

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