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Fear and Loathing

On the Campaign Trail '72
Written by: Hunter S. Thompson
Narrated by: Scott Sowers
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
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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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  • Reno
  • 2013-07-29

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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  • Kyle
  • 2017-06-07

Great book ruined by over-acting narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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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  • Emerson kerr
  • 2018-09-30

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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  • Peter Joel Marcantel
  • 2019-10-24

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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  • TheJ.C.T.
  • 2020-05-18

very solid

Really good political text, from first hand experience of the author. Nice narration aswell. A solid A

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  • Jt Huffer-Cole
  • 2020-05-09

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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  • Jack Lang
  • 2019-12-18

Not for me!

I picked this book because Joe Rogan talked about it on his podcast, generally referring to Hunter S. Thompson as one of his favorite authors. I became quickly interested in this book since I am fond of politics as well, however, I found Thompson’s writing difficult to follow with his meandering tangents and fast-paced self-loathing. Surely this could be a good read for those who can take this book more seriously, but it was not for me!

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  • David Mahoney
  • 2019-09-01

Don Sowers voice makes it

This is a great book, especially in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential contest. I found it very interesting to hear the observations about America.

Most importantly: Don Sowers voice sells this book. He has just the right amount of crazy and agitation in his voice. Never boring. His weird voice grows on you until you can't do without it. Even if you don't like Hunter S. Thompson, you will find this a great listening experience.

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  • Scott Herz
  • 2019-07-24

The narrator must be channeling Hunter S Thompson

I was interested in this book for two reasons. 1) to better understand why McGovern’s campaign crashed burned and to understand any similarities with many of today’s 2020 campaigns. 2) I love me some Hunter S Thompson rant.

On that second point, the narrator absolutely makes this book. He’s got great material to work with, but I found myself shouting along with him. Great stuff.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-19

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.