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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Audiobook

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Fear and Loathing, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Maverick author Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to "gonzo journalism" with this cult classic that shot back up the best-seller lists after Thompson's suicide in 2005. No book ever written has more perfectly captured the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

©1971 Hunter S. Thompson; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The best book on the dope decade." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    mr. s.l.bartlett 11/04/2015
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    "Roller coaster ride of drug abuse"

    The narration of the book helps to make the disjointed nature of the story roll along more evenly than you would expect. it is well told and the characters come alive. it is hard to believe that this book was written over forty years ago as certain aspects of the culture and lifestyle are as fresh today as they were then and nothing seems dated, it seems relevant, almost as if you could have the same wild adventure today as you could then and nothing would have changed except for the names of the politicians. All in all a solid 5/5 and highly recommended by this listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 15/07/2012
    Marian 15/07/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "BRILLIANT"

    I READ THIS BOOK AND ALSO SAW THE FILM BUT NONE OF THEM COMPARE WITH THE AUDIO BOOK. I LAUGHED SO MUCH AND REALLY ENJOYED THE PURE MADNESS. THE NARRATOR IS FABULOUS AND PORTRAYS THE EVENTS SO WELL THAT I FELT LIKE I WAS ACTUALLY THERE.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dizzyvick 20/07/2015
    dizzyvick 20/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Drug feuled trip to Las Vegas"

    An over the top account of a mind bending trip to Las Vegas I must admit one of the best audible narrator I have heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. M. Curtis Bristol UK 13/04/2013
    Mr. M. Curtis Bristol UK 13/04/2013

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    "Rooooooooooaaaaaaaaad Triiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip...."

    It's all you thought and some thoughts you couldn't have without chemical assistance.



    This strangely lyrical journey too and from Las Vegas was something I found I couldn't just dip in to. You have to take big slugs and then just hang on and look out... I couldn't decide whether it was a journey I wish I was brave enough to go on, or one I took and just couldn't remember.



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 25/04/2016
    Mr 25/04/2016 Member Since 2016

    Generally listening in the car as I am on the road a lot with work. Will be listening to a variety of genres.

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    "Why not?"

    Worth listening to for Ron McLarty's performance alone - he's great for this character.

    The book tells of a drug fueled trip to Las Vegas - and the craziness that inevitably ensues. Probably the precursor to Hangover and other road trip type stories.

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    ReadingWild 24/02/2015
    ReadingWild 24/02/2015 Member Since 2012

    Audio books have been an incredible discovery

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    "Just the best"

    It needs no intro...none at all...really it needs nothing more to be said about it...it's just best.

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    Andrew Trappitt Market Harborough, Leics 11/07/2014
    Andrew Trappitt Market Harborough, Leics 11/07/2014 Member Since 2014

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    If you could sum up Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in three words, what would they be?

    Manic, witty, fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wreckless selfishness it represents of the so-called 'American Dream'.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    He was pretty good. Johnny Depp repeats dialogue from the book word for word mostly, so it is difficult not to compare it with him. Depp is obviously better, but McLarty is good.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't cry. I did laugh. It is a black comedy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Hugh
    Pasadena, CA, United States
    21/05/11
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    "Too Much Fear and Loathing"

    Just goes to show, you can have great ingredients, but with the wrong chef, you still don't get much of a meal. First audio book in a year that I just stopped listening to, and put on the shelf. I felt like there was a little too much Ron McLarty and he overpowered Hunter Thompson's writing. Accents we're odd and inconsistent. Just my personal taste, take it with a grain of salt.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    03/01/06
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    "Gonzo Lives!"

    This is one of the best books I enjoyed on Audible. It is certainly not for everyone, "R" rated, but captures the essence of Gonzo journalism and Rolling Stone Magazine in the 60s and 70s. Exceptional narration.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel
    Askim, Norway
    31/10/11
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    "Exaclty what you expect, and perfect narration"

    This is a classic. You all know what it's about (drugs). And it's exactly what you expect.

    The narration is just perfect. He nails the mood of the situation and the character of Thompson.

    Haha. His attorney is a really funny guy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan T. Nichols
    03/07/08
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    "Ron McLarty?"

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. Unfortunately, I think Ron McLarty's narration really missed the mark. He sounds like a stoned surfer from Malibu, rather than Hunter. Maybe my problem is I had seen Hunter speak a few times, seen documentaries, even met him once, and McLarty comes off a little too much like Jeff Spiccolli from Fast Times. If you've never seen or heard Hunter speak or read, you might really enjoy it, but for the more familiar, hardcore Gonzo fans, you might want to skip this one.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Mitch
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    31/05/08
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    "A Review"

    Have read this at least 20 times since high school,college, grad school. I couldn't get past the narrator's voice. It kills me to not finish a book but this one was "ejected" after 10 painful minutes.

    Warning: listen to sample before spending $$$!

    30 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bethesda, MD, United States
    24/05/06
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    "Sharp and Still Relevant"

    This is a highly entertaining download. It is occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but also is filled with searingly sharp observations of American culture. Thompson is writer of rare skill, his mastery of the craft sometimes takes your breath away, he's that good.

    The book is occasionally a little disjointed (not surprising given the drug use it chronicles in great detail) and will certainly offend those who tend to very straight-laced, conservative Republican views, but it richly deserves its status as an American classic. It translates well into an audiobook format and the quality of the narration is very high. Recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Kendall Park, NJ, United States
    23/10/05
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    "One of the best on Audible"

    This book oon the drug counterculture in california iin the early 70s is a masterpiece as written.
    The reading is as good or better--
    Brilliant--if you are in any way interested in this American period sociologically.
    Almost done with it---definitely will listen again.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Marius
    Irene, South Africa
    18/10/07
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    "Fear not"

    Not quite sure how to describe this all-time classic, so I won’t. Suffice to say that you shouldn’t miss it! The narrator, Ron McLarty, hits the spot exactly. There’s nothing about this book that could be improved.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Nelson
    Austin, TX
    01/05/15
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    "Quite a trip... (hah, pun)"

    I had never read the book until listening to this version. I enjoyed the trip! I enjoyed the narrator, but like another reviewer pointed out, the accents get jumbled which makes it hard to tell who is speaking at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • anne
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    13/04/15
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    "I laughed A LOT!!!!"
    Would you listen to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas again? Why?

    IDK..it is really a crazy listen and it jumps around a lot...the story is non existent...but the performance is incredible!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the drug abuse...lol


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I would...he is entertaining!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No...but I laughed and laughed!


    Any additional comments?

    This is not so much a story as a performance..there is a little story there..but its more a paranoid rant that is hilarious...yes I have seen the movie...and this is worth a listen...but don't take it to seriously...and if you cant find humor in severe drug abuse and partying...than don't even bother...it is well written...and performed...just crazy...I did enjoy it though!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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