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Hell's Angels Audiobook

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

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Publisher's Summary

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson rocked the literary world with his mind-bending style of Gonzo journalism. First published in 1966, Hell’s Angels is Thompson’s up-close and personal look at the infamous motorcycle gang during the time when its moniker was most feared.

©1995 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“[Thompson’s] language is brilliant … [he] has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never dare encounter.” (New York Times)

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    GanjaPlanta 10-20-14
    GanjaPlanta 10-20-14
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    "might be hunters best work"
    What did you love best about Hell's Angels?

    hunter presented raw data about the H.A. in down to earth and gritty way. the story seems about as close to objective as possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way hunter wrote about the H.A. in a factual manner that did not glorify the despicable actions of the biker gang.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    scott really gets into character, and reads more like a great actor than a reader


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

    i wrote a review shortly after i listened to hells angels (this being the second and more watered down version of my original review), but it never made it to print, i guess this was because i included some very raw (and probably inappropriate) excerpts from the text. what i am trying to say is that the best parts of this book are too raw and adult oriented to mention here. just listen to the book, you will not be let down


    Any additional comments?

    this is a must read (listen). you will not be disappointed. 5 starts all around.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cody 06-24-15
    cody 06-24-15
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    "love hunter s. "

    wish the was read by someone else but other wise a great book. some parts are hard to hear but still great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 08-06-15
    Jerry 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Entertaining & Educational"
    What made the experience of listening to Hell's Angels the most enjoyable?

    I was told this book is Hunter S. Thompson pre-Gonzo style and it is the beginning of that type of journalism that he is known for. For me I felt this book was almost a look at California and the US in the mid to late 60's told through the Thompson's investigation into the Angels. This was before my time so I found it very educational. I am also a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed the detail into their bikes.


    What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads with a good intensity that helped engage you into the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gigeote 06-22-15
    Gigeote 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining!"

    I didn't know very much about the hells angels motorcycle club (despite them being such a significant part of our culture) but through the eyes of America's greatest journalist, I have learned a lot about them through such an objective, yet human perspective. The style is simplistic and modern. The narrator was also great!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 01-10-15
    Elle OREGON 01-10-15
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    "Flashback to the 60s--Hells Angels ride!!"

    I had the dubious 'good' fortune to experience the Hells Angels @ Bass Week for almost a decade, especially around Memorial Day Weekend and The Fourth of July..which sometimes can be as long as 5-6 days depending on what day The Fourth comes! We found, as a whole, the members to be courteous and friendly, especially to both my young sons. My gouges son, wh was toddler to 6 year old during these summers, remembers Hells Angels MC members tousling his curly red hair. We shared a cabin with good friend who had children the same age as ours. And we had to go to the store, one of the 2 in 'town' at least once a day. My girlfriends and I soon found that wearing our bikini toe and cut off shorts to the store wasn't really good idea.
    We also had the pleasure of watching the Angels water ski behind rented ski boats and even went to Willow Cove to offer water skiing lessons toy these guys...and yes-they do water ski in their colors..back then colors were most frequently work on denim jackets with the sleeves torn off...

    Anyhow, it was a real memory blast to listen to Hunter Thompson's non-fiction story about his experiences with the Hells Angels-I purchased it because my son, who is now is in his early 40's, has good memories about his experiences at Bass Lake and with the Hells Angels. He said I'd enjoy it and surprisingly enough, I did.

    Narrator Scott Sowers did an excellent job relating this story about his year-or-so long experiences hanging out with the Oakland CA chapter of the Angels. I had hoped this would go into the Altamont disaster when the Greatful Dead hired the Angels (and paid them with beer, no less) to provide security for an open air concert akin to Woodstock as far as security fences goes...that is a great story and I'd love to hear it from Sowers POV..but he was no longer hanging out with the Angels then.

    If you are an AARP member (over 55) or West Coast person and have memories of that era I recommend buying this book. If you are a motorcycle enthuses it's a good look at the history of a significant time in 20th century cycling.

    Well written and narrated I recommend this story to almost anyone with interests in this field.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael r.beltran 01-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great History Leason"

    The story is a great time stamp on the 60's.Thompson paints a great picture,the performance was excellent!.It sounded just the way it was written(if that makes sense).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W Scott 07-01-14
    W Scott 07-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Ready to Read Again"
    Would you listen to Hell's Angels again? Why?

    I've heard of Sonny Barger and, ironically, what a good leader he was. Decided to listen to the book to learn more about the lifestyle he led and to see what gave him away as a good leader.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Muckle 09-26-17
    Gary Muckle 09-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Gonzo"

    A Riveting tale of the most notorious...

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    FromtheCocoon 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Insights Galore!"

    I'd for years misunderstood the Hell's Angels and have recently come to see that things are never what they seem. This was a great look inside a society that's has outcasted itself and branded as dangerous but a closer look will show you something entirely different!

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    Mark B. Newbauer Los Angeles/Fort Wayne 09-15-17
    Mark B. Newbauer Los Angeles/Fort Wayne 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator ruins a perfect expose"

    Trying way too hard. Was painful to listen to. Stopped after 3 tries and will stick to READING HST

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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