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An iconic and controversial figure in American literature, Hunter S. Thompson displayed a brilliance that forever changed journalism. Thompson’s follow-up to The Proud Highway, this second volume of private, never-before-published letters spans the years 1968 through 1976. Addressed to such luminaries as Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jimmy Carter, this incisive collection showcases Thompson’s raw and starkly honest thoughts on a pivotal era in U.S. history.

©1973 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2012 Recorded Books

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Love the book, not the performance.

Where does Fear and Loathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Thompson. He's my political guru and the flow of his words will always be lovely.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sowers?

Hunter S. Thompson himself. Sowers tries to imitate the cadence of Hunter's voice, and fails miserably.

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Great book ruined by over-acting narrator

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I have a lot of respect for narrators, as this is a tedious process, but the narrator was so bad I've returned the last two Hunter S. Thompson books I've ordered for refunds. I don't need to say anything snarky about his performance, he simply is over-acting, trying to effect the mood of the piece, when he should simply read the book in a calm and measured way.

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I FEAR that I have developed a LOATHING of the narrator.

Absolutely unbelievably bad narration. Seriously listening to this mans voice is the audiobook equivalent of watching a 240p phone recording of a movie theater screening. On the other hand the story was written by Thompson which is why most people actually bought the book to begin with. It’s an average audio book experience overall. While the narrator kills some of the books vibe, it still however beats the alternative of reading a book yourself. If you really want to have this story narrated to you and don’t mind a little ear cancer than I recommend it, however if you are literate than I would not.

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Fierce narration and hard-hitting writing

"Frank Mankiewicz, McGovern's campaign manager, would often say in later years that the book, despite its embellishments, represented 'the least factual, most accurate account' of the election."

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Disappointed at the racism and use of slurs

Dated and shockingly racist. Disappointed at the racism and use of slurs or the blatant drug use in what’s supposed to be a political history book.

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Great story, terrible voice actor

Great book. The reader's voice is, however, exceedingly annoying. Whatever the opposite of euphonious is, his voice is that.

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Gonzo Politics

Hunter's writing is a thing of Cynicistic Beauty & Unabashed Humor. He covers the Bullshit world of Politics with all the skepticism & frankness it deserves, Loved It!

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Wild ride

I needed this cathartic release of tension and nervousness ahead of the upcoming election. I found many parallels between the 1972 and 2020 election campaigns.

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Scott Sowers Rocks

Sowers rendition is the best illumination of Thompson’s work I’ve ever heard. He captures the energy completely. Like Jack Nicholson on crank. Excellent experience

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An excellent prediction of the future.

Hunter could’ve written this book today all he would have to do is just change a few of the lead names. The resemblance to the 1972 election to the 2020 election is uncanny. Hunter gets pretty personal in the book, which I really enjoyed. You can see his rough edges beginning to show.