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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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    James Bethesda, MD, United States 05-24-06
    James Bethesda, MD, United States 05-24-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Sharp and Still Relevant"

    This is a highly entertaining download. It is occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but also is filled with searingly sharp observations of American culture. Thompson is writer of rare skill, his mastery of the craft sometimes takes your breath away, he's that good.

    The book is occasionally a little disjointed (not surprising given the drug use it chronicles in great detail) and will certainly offend those who tend to very straight-laced, conservative Republican views, but it richly deserves its status as an American classic. It translates well into an audiobook format and the quality of the narration is very high. Recommended.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    christopher Arkansas 04-18-12
    christopher Arkansas 04-18-12
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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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    "Poor narrating to an amazing story"

    Title says it all really. The narration is barely bearable but luckily Hunter's witty and captivating story telling makes it worth it.

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    Nathan Andrew Zimmerman 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thompson's finest"

    The story:
    Extremely easy to read or listen to. Thompson takes you on a drug riddled journey throughout Las Vegas and provides a social commentary of the search for the American Dream in Sin City from the point of view of a self-described "drug person." Theres really no central plot point to this book and the whole thing is pretty much one big wild ride that is based on true events. If you're a stickler for structure, you may not appreciate this neo-non fiction; but what it lacks in plot-points, it makes up for in pure entertainment value. Similar style to Bukowski's trilogy of Ham on Rye, Post Office, and Women; but if you're familiar with Thompson, you probably know this already.

    The Narration:
    The narrator did a fine job on Duke and Gonzo's voice. Theres not a ton of dialog in this book so you'll be hearing the narrator talk in a very stream of consciousness sort of style for a majority of the novel. Ron McLarty does a nice job of narrating Duke's lines just as Thompson or Johnny Depp would do. The book is only 6 hours, so if you're not impressed, you wont have to suffer long.

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    Big John 09-30-17
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    "Genius book"

    This has long been one of my favorite books and this audio representation is very enjoyable

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    Darren Blanchard 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great classic"

    great book. as good as the movie. would recommend to anyone looking for driving entertainment.

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    Nick 08-29-17
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    "Fantastically Depraved"

    A monstrously humorous tale filled with insight, wit, and a whole lot of uppers, downers, and everything in-between.

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    Ian 08-26-17
    Ian 08-26-17
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    "Phenomenal"

    Absolute classic. This book stands up there with the best of them for perfectly capturing a brilliant and fleeting moment in time.

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    LING LI 08-05-17
    LING LI 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Movies fans will love it too"

    I had a lot of fun finally getting around to listening to the original story after being a fan of the movie tor so many years.

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