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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

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"The best book on the dope decade." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Hugh
  • Pasadena, CA, United States
  • 05-21-11

Too Much Fear and Loathing

Just goes to show, you can have great ingredients, but with the wrong chef, you still don't get much of a meal. First audio book in a year that I just stopped listening to, and put on the shelf. I felt like there was a little too much Ron McLarty and he overpowered Hunter Thompson's writing. Accents we're odd and inconsistent. Just my personal taste, take it with a grain of salt.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Gonzo Lives!

This is one of the best books I enjoyed on Audible. It is certainly not for everyone, "R" rated, but captures the essence of Gonzo journalism and Rolling Stone Magazine in the 60s and 70s. Exceptional narration.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Ron McLarty?

This is one of my favorite books of all time. Unfortunately, I think Ron McLarty's narration really missed the mark. He sounds like a stoned surfer from Malibu, rather than Hunter. Maybe my problem is I had seen Hunter speak a few times, seen documentaries, even met him once, and McLarty comes off a little too much like Jeff Spiccolli from Fast Times. If you've never seen or heard Hunter speak or read, you might really enjoy it, but for the more familiar, hardcore Gonzo fans, you might want to skip this one.

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

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Exaclty what you expect, and perfect narration

This is a classic. You all know what it's about (drugs). And it's exactly what you expect.

The narration is just perfect. He nails the mood of the situation and the character of Thompson.

Haha. His attorney is a really funny guy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mitch
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • 05-31-08

A Review

Have read this at least 20 times since high school,college, grad school. I couldn't get past the narrator's voice. It kills me to not finish a book but this one was "ejected" after 10 painful minutes.

Warning: listen to sample before spending $$$!

34 of 43 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Ian
  • Kendall Park, NJ, United States
  • 10-23-05

One of the best on Audible

This book oon the drug counterculture in california iin the early 70s is a masterpiece as written.
The reading is as good or better--
Brilliant--if you are in any way interested in this American period sociologically.
Almost done with it---definitely will listen again.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Marius
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 10-18-07

Fear not

Not quite sure how to describe this all-time classic, so I won’t. Suffice to say that you shouldn’t miss it! The narrator, Ron McLarty, hits the spot exactly. There’s nothing about this book that could be improved.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 04-13-15

I laughed A LOT!!!!

Would you listen to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas again? Why?

IDK..it is really a crazy listen and it jumps around a lot...the story is non existent...but the performance is incredible!

What did you like best about this story?

All the drug abuse...lol

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

no, but I would...he is entertaining!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No...but I laughed and laughed!

Any additional comments?

This is not so much a story as a performance..there is a little story there..but its more a paranoid rant that is hilarious...yes I have seen the movie...and this is worth a listen...but don't take it to seriously...and if you cant find humor in severe drug abuse and partying...than don't even bother...it is well written...and performed...just crazy...I did enjoy it though!

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  • Brett
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 03-20-14

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.

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  • mr. s.l.bartlett
  • 04-11-15

Roller coaster ride of drug abuse

The narration of the book helps to make the disjointed nature of the story roll along more evenly than you would expect. it is well told and the characters come alive. it is hard to believe that this book was written over forty years ago as certain aspects of the culture and lifestyle are as fresh today as they were then and nothing seems dated, it seems relevant, almost as if you could have the same wild adventure today as you could then and nothing would have changed except for the names of the politicians. All in all a solid 5/5 and highly recommended by this listener.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Marian
  • 07-15-12

BRILLIANT

I READ THIS BOOK AND ALSO SAW THE FILM BUT NONE OF THEM COMPARE WITH THE AUDIO BOOK. I LAUGHED SO MUCH AND REALLY ENJOYED THE PURE MADNESS. THE NARRATOR IS FABULOUS AND PORTRAYS THE EVENTS SO WELL THAT I FELT LIKE I WAS ACTUALLY THERE.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. M. Curtis
  • 04-13-13

Rooooooooooaaaaaaaaad Triiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip....

It's all you thought and some thoughts you couldn't have without chemical assistance.



This strangely lyrical journey too and from Las Vegas was something I found I couldn't just dip in to. You have to take big slugs and then just hang on and look out... I couldn't decide whether it was a journey I wish I was brave enough to go on, or one I took and just couldn't remember.



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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 10-12-17

Ugh.

I spent most of this thinking "oh grow up and behave yourself, you ridiculous manchild". Hunter S Thompson and his mate come across as, at best, immature idiots, and at worst, dangerous misogynistic thugs.

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  • Shane
  • 04-03-17

An amazing experience

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas isn't just read it's experienced as the author puts you into the moment with his beautiful descriptive use of the English language.

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  • Mr
  • 04-25-16

Why not?

Worth listening to for Ron McLarty's performance alone - he's great for this character.

The book tells of a drug fueled trip to Las Vegas - and the craziness that inevitably ensues. Probably the precursor to Hangover and other road trip type stories.

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  • dizzyvick
  • 07-20-15

Drug feuled trip to Las Vegas

An over the top account of a mind bending trip to Las Vegas I must admit one of the best audible narrator I have heard.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • ReadingWild
  • 02-24-15

Just the best

It needs no intro...none at all...really it needs nothing more to be said about it...it's just best.

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  • Andrew Trappitt
  • 07-11-14

Fun Listen

If you could sum up Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in three words, what would they be?

Manic, witty, fun.

What did you like best about this story?

The wreckless selfishness it represents of the so-called 'American Dream'.

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

He was pretty good. Johnny Depp repeats dialogue from the book word for word mostly, so it is difficult not to compare it with him. Depp is obviously better, but McLarty is good.

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

I didn't cry. I did laugh. It is a black comedy.

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  • shapet57
  • 07-08-17

A funny story fron the 70's. I remembet the 70's

A funny story ftom the 70's. it is an exaggeration but jas enough truth to be amusing. I remember the 70's and things were easier then.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-17

Great audio book well narrated

Hunters writing is always enjoyable and listening after seening the movie many times, hearing the 9hr audio book was awesome and fills alot of the gaps in that was missed in the movie :)

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  • Clasina
  • 12-14-16

better than the movie (almost!)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. the narrator is perfect - sounds just like the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

i really like his friend, who keeps saying things like - "as your attorney i advise you to take 3 drops of that liquid in the little brown bottle and the last of the cocaine".

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

He really sounds like the actors who played the characters in the movie.

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  • Michael Pryde
  • 10-07-16

McLarty is no Duke

A great story let down by Ron McLarty's whining portrayal of Raul Duke, Thompson has never sounded less confident.

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  • Sam
  • 07-27-16

a brilliant listen

could not get enough. the narration was perfect, great use of accents to keep it exciting. and ofcourse the story is phenomenal. favourite book

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  • DeD
  • 03-30-16

You either love it or hate it

I just could not get into it. There are tonnes of good reviews for it, but it really was not my style. Check out reddit for discussions around this book.