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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

By: Tom Wolfe
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Tom Wolfe - one of the 20th century’s foremost voices in cultural criticism - went from local news reporter to international icon in 1968, with the publication of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Now voiced with vivacity and vigor by Audible Hall of Fame narrator Luke Daniels, the non-fiction swan-dive delves into the world of hippies, hedonism, and everything in between. 

To most, Ken Kesey is best known as the author of the celebrated novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But for Tom Wolfe, Ken was the leader of the Merry Pranksters, a band of counter-culture bohemians who traveled cross-country in a far-out, brightly painted school bus they dubbed Furthur. The Pranksters were known for drug-fueled escapades, none more famous than the so-called “Acid Test”, wherein a party full of people would take LSD in an effort to escape the banality of reality and connect on a higher, subconscious plane. As Wolfe follows the group down their nonconformist rabbit hole, he’s led on a wild trip through the backwaters of the 1960s, encountering the era’s living legends - from The Grateful Dead to Allen Ginsberg - along the way.   

©1968 Tom Wolfe (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Had to stop listening

The narrator of this book was just a bit too far over the top. First time I ever got a headache listening to the book. I was very much looking forward to. Very disappointed.

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  • nancy
  • Falmouth, Maine, United States
  • 03-13-19

Have been waiting & waiting for this book

Too bad it took Toms death to bring back so many of his works to the open catalog. The interpretation took some getting used to but generally worked

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A great one

Definitely in the top 3 audio books I've listened to. Wonderful. Delightful. Hilarious. Couldn't stop listening. Great performance, really added character and clarification to the interesting personalities. I felt that the voices helped me understand the characters on a deeper level than if I had simply read it.