• Kingdom of Fear

  • Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Awesome!!

This requires a minimum of ten plus five words but the main phrase is Awesome!!

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Very relevant to what is happening today

As usual HST calls it like he sees it, and he predicted the strain of stupid and vicious rightwing traitors that are running amok in our society today. It's too bad he isn't here to skewer traitors like the *rump family and the scum he has emboldened. It's also a story of how 9/11 really did change everything.

That said, I just cannot stand Sowers. His cadence is all wrong and when he does women's voices I want to turn it off. Then he does these weird drawn out sentence endings with a creepy voice that again, just makes me want to shut it off.

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Even more relevant now during the age of CON1984.

This piece is even more relevant today during the time of media and medical hysteria of what I call CON1984. Most governments have been quick to embrace a overblown "sickness" that was first hyped by the authoritarian communist regime of China. So how come I have not seen or heard about people dropping dead in the streets here in the states or anywhere else but China? Because the information coming out of China was used as a weapon of fear. Our current "news", media and political outlets have been infiltrated by elements of the CCP and those that seek more power are willing to go along with it to our detriment. The real sickness resides in the fear they created and is far more contagious. Scare anyone or a group of people enough and you can get them to agree to anything. I wish Hunter was still alive today to see the mess both sides of the political spectrum have created. Maybe that's why he shot himself, he saw we were irredeemable as a species with no hope for the future. I plan on carrying the torch he lit even if it kills me.

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it's changed my life, genius and hilarious

this book literally changed my life to a point where my life took a sudden upswing, before I was a compulsive liar now I tell the truth all the time and I am into art 24/7. Dr. Thompson touched me and many others. some people say: "people say he's not a doctor", haha.
t's because whenever someone blows their brains out then usually means they cannot perform surgery, like you did in Kingdom of fear removing parts of the great shark hunt and injecting it into this book in a different way in a different tone while adding totally new stories. Every other comment that is not positive is irrelevant trust me here I am a scholar at Oxford and Harvard

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masterful, urgent and very funny!

is a Awesome read, very digestible, it will grab you from the get-go and take you on a very twisted, adrenalin filled trip through the author's life while making occasional pit stops that turn into hilarious side stories.

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Twisted tales of a Gonzo Journalist.

Loved hearing Hunter's vicious dissection of American politics. He is sorely missed. As always excellent narration.