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The Joke's Over

Narrated by: James Adams
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
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In early 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby, he met a former Hell's Angel, one Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote later that "The rest of that day blurs into madness. The rest of that night, too. Steadman was lucky to get out of Louisville without serious injuries, and I was lucky to get out at all." Thus began a 30-year friendship and a working relationship that gave birth to what became known as Gonzo Journalism.

Few people knew Thompson as well as Steadman did. This no-holds-barred memoir tells of their unique collaboration, which documented the turbulent years of the civil-rights movement, the Nixon years, and Watergate. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a friendship that was defined by both betrayal and understanding.

©2014 Ralph Steadman (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Enormously entertaining." ( Boston Globe)
"It is fairly amazing that these two could get away with having so much fun, on expense accounts no less, in the name of journalism." ( New York Post)

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A great artist puts it in words

I loved Steadman's descriptive writing that shows his mind works. I enjoyed his stories, both his journey and the ones that involved Hunter S Thompson.

Nice perspective of Hunter Thompson that goes great with Juan F Thompson's book about Hunter.

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Behind The Scenes of Gonzo

This book provided an interesting back story to some historic gonzo incidents. The author tries too hard to sound like a better writer than he is but the stories are interesting nevertheless. The narrator does an exceptional job.

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