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Narrated by the visionary founding member, Hell's Angel provides a fascinating all-access pass to the secret world of the notorious Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Sonny Barger recounts the birth of the original Oakland Hell's Angels and the four turbulent decades that followed. Hell's Angel also chronicles the way the HAMC revolutionized the look of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and built what has become a worldwide bike-riding fraternity, a beacon for freedom-seekers the world over.

Never simply a story about motorcycles, colorful characters, and high-speed thrills, Hell's Angel is the ultimate outlaw's tale of loyalty and betrayal, subcultures and brotherhood, and the real price of freedom.

©2001 Sonny Barger Productions (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-19-17

it was okay

What did you love best about Hell's Angel?

Sonny seemed pretty friendly...

If you’ve listened to books by Sonny Barger before, how does this one compare?

No.

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

It was fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

somewhat

Any additional comments?

It sure seemed like a lot of the HAMC activities were glossed over. I did expect a lot more information, but I guess that might not be allowed. Sonny made them sound like they are pretty friendly.

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Righteous

articulate and with great details. only the usa could produce a Sonny Barger, this book is very much worth the price. they got the right narrator too.

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Absolutely fucking loved it.

I bought the physical copy of this book and the rest of the Sonny bargers books. Get a perspective of the club that's hardly heard of.

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great book

glad he wrote it as everything else is so negative. every biker should read this.

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Great Story, better than expected

The book covers as much as possible in a short amount of time. He covers The Good The Bad and The Ugly. While still leaving a little to your imagination.

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A fantastic insite

This book is a great story of wild times, rides, and trips with a wild man. This isn't a kicking in the door feds bs about a gang its the honest story of a man and club.

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  • Richard
  • McAllen TX/ Yuma AZ
  • 09-04-16

Motivational piece of history

This book is amazing when I'm going threw hard times it helps me to listen to this book and analyze how I'm going to change the cores I'm on. My only wish is that more of Mr. Sonny's books where on audible.

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enlightening

but kind of a let down. it's just too easy to see how a lot of the main controversies were tip toes around, or completely ignored. would have liked to have heard more. I will e getting his next book to see what is covered there.

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must read

sonny is a legend, this is a must read for any mc enthusiast. wish I was riding during these times

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THE BEST! Awesome book!!

THE BEST !! NARRATOR IS SPOT ON FOR THE JOB. What A LIFE, WHAT A BOOK. 100% PROOF THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ONLY HERE TO HURT THE CITIZENS IT FREE MEN LIKE SONNY BARGER ARE SEEN AS THEIR BIGGEST ENEMY. THIS MAN IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO

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  • wayne
  • 03-15-18

Good insight

great story and insight in to the HA over the year's. felt the hard man style and tone of the narration was over the top and a bit corney.

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  • p r carter
  • 03-10-18

I ike

Want to know about the m c hells angels read this. Very good really enjoyed it

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  • ROB
  • 09-08-17

F**kin Great...Well worth the time.

Would recommend this book to anyone,bike rider or not..Keep it real for all to see.

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  • Fraser Kingscott
  • 06-22-17

unbelievable<br />

The performance was good but the way the book is written makes it feel far fetched.

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  • Aarron Palmer
  • 03-18-17

Compelling and insightful

As someone born into an outlaw way of life, much of this book struck a chord. More so, however was the frank and unapologetic way in which Sonny told his tale. Brilliantly narrated, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone with even a vague interest in MC's and the bike culture.

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  • Peterwaynel
  • 09-19-16

Brilliant!

Week narrated, well written story of a legend. If you are a biker you will understand, if you are not you will still enjoy what is a captivating story of how one man chose to live his life differently against insurmountable odds and did better than survive. He triumphed.

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  • D. Smith
  • 11-30-14

Mundane and self obsessed diatribe.

Would you try another book written by Sonny Barger or narrated by John Pruden?

No, definitely not. Not very entertaining, rather self indulgent book not really engaging and it drones on far too much. Wasted a good few hours listening to it, waiting for it to excite... And that didn't happen

What could Sonny Barger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More action and details

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Pruden?

Robert duvall

What character would you cut from Hell's Angel?

Not many to choose from

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  • JB
  • 05-25-17

A hard listen

Sonny Barger has an ego the size of the USA. But don't think this is a glamorous Sons of Anarchy type lifestyle. Barger is a complete egotistical moron, he is convinced it is his way or now way. The so called "code of honour" has nothing to do with honour. This is the story of a bunch of bikers, who should've been locked up and the key thrown away. They thought they were above the law, none were nice people. They were drug taking morons who enjoyed fighting, especially if they can "ratpack" the victim (like 5 HA's on one victim).
The expression "f**k em up" is used to often, its like they are trying so hard to be tough, when really they are nothing more than a bunch of criminal thugs, drinking, drugging, raping, fighting. They thrive on the image of fear.
Its a hard listen, fascinating to see how deluded these guys are. Sonny Barger was a jumped up Napoleon. Bragging, how he faced down Law Enforcement officials, they showed no respect for fellow human beings.
If you are expecting to like these guys, good luck.

The narration is ok, but trying to hard to be tough talking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-15

Fascinating

I have always found The Hells Angels and the media circus that surrounds them fascinating so it was great to be able to get the true account straight from the mouth, and hear the other side of the story.

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  • David Smith
  • 06-21-16

Brilliant.

What an amazing life Sonny has had. Helped me appreciate how lucky I am to ride a chopper.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful