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Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson penned groundbreaking works as outrageous - and provocative - as the author himself. His memoir Kingdom of Fear provides compelling insight into his life and literary output.

©2003 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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“He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial.” (Washington Post)

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  • Shaun
  • Apollo, PA, United States
  • 11-28-12

Only for the most hardcore fans of HST.

"Kingdom of Fear" is essentially a collection of articles and essays by Hunter S. Thompson, chronicling his well-documented problems with authority starting at a very young age.

In the preface, HST gives some thoughts on the immediate post September 11th world, which are revelant even today (a dangerous, long lasting "anti-terrorist" security apparatus, for example).

"Kingdom" goes on to Hunter's early run-ins with the law in Louisville, his rise in the journalistic scene and the "Freak Power" campaign for Sheriff of Aspen that Thompson ran; Hunter being falsely accused of sexual assault by pornstar Gail Palmer; his hilarious guerilla war aganist a nouveau riche businessman who decides to set up his massive estate in Woody Creek, and of course, "Fear and Loathing in Elko" which poses the question "what if Clarence Thomas was really more depraved than previously thought?"

To conclude this is a decent compilation, but I would suggest "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone" (also available on audible) first and foremost. That compilation includes some overlap with this one (such as "Fear and Loathing in Elko") but has far more content.

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  • rocky
  • tobaccoville, NC, United States
  • 02-09-13

Sowers ruins Thompson

What did you love best about Kingdom of Fear?

The writing

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

I don't want to. I want Phil Gigante.

Any additional comments?

Please get Phil Gigante from the rolling stone book to do all of the Thompson books, he is perfect. I will buy them all.

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Ugh

How do you ruin a Thompson book? Read it like you think your a total badass. Few voices make me physically cringe when I hear them, but this reading of, admittedlyThompson’s weakest work, is painful. Sowers reads this book like it’s a manifesto a 1980’s action movie villain. Rather then the musings of an light hearted and irresponsible genius.

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We need a HST of this generation

I mean what is there to say, if you're reading this you already realize the impact HST made. Well, we seem to be back to square one. We lost! Now , the great USA is not a high-school small city football rivalry. Like more wacko people seem to buy into. You are not either a conservative or a liberal. So stop it. Your both in most cases, or maybe neither. Still if your an American, HST will help you to stop drinking that awful drink everyone keeps feeding you- bring you back into the fold of reality that we are not one of two sides but a massive area of gray rooting both teams in some shape. He called it back in the 2000's and wisdom can't be taught. Perhaps you will get there a bit quicker however, if you listen to real fuc**ng journalism and change your homeroom "ra-ra" channel off for a couple days.

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Love HST

I love HST. He was a man's man. Give me a GD gun, a line of blow, a tape record for playback and a friend to laugh with about it all. That's Hunter. However the nar. came along for the ride as well, and that's where this beast took a flying leap straight into the path of the barreling locomotive name HST. The end result was a F..ing mess. What a bummer.... Can we get a good nar. ?

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