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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Written by: Hunter S. Thompson
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 6 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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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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Fun Fun Fun AND Totally Tasteless

Lots of foul language. Completely improbable scenes. In first person narrative. Enjoy if you dare!

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Hunter S Thompson's voice will stay with me forevr

This is an incredible work that is beautifully voice acted. It's not easy to capture Hunters unique way of writing in sound but McLarty does an excellent job. This book sent me spiraling into an obsession with hunter s Thompson's work. It's incredible. haveing read the physical copy and listening to this the one thing I can say that this version lacks from the print version is Ralph Steadman's illustrations which I think have a lot to add. if you love this book as I do it's worth getting your hands on a print version of their work.

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My favorite book.

I could listen to this book over and over again. Great delivery and the story is one of a kind.

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This story is horrifying and pathetic

The narration was good, but it's too bad that the content of the story is a straming pile of poop.

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I just don’t get it

The whole book is just drug addled psychotic rambling. Maybe I missed the true message of the book, I also suspect this would be more enjoyed as a physical book complete with the illustrations. I had to force myself to finish it

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  • Hugh
  • 2011-05-21

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.

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  • Ryan T. Nichols
  • 2008-07-03

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.

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  • Mitch
  • 2008-05-31

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 $$$!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-12

narrator could have respected hunter's cadence

I felt the narrator was not familiar enough with Hunter's cadence and style so parts of this were too dry

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  • Lawrence P. Allen
  • 2006-01-03

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.

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  • James
  • 2006-05-24

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.

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 2015-04-13

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!

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  • Gabriel
  • 2011-10-31

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.

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  • Marius
  • 2007-10-18

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.

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  • James J Dougherty
  • 2019-04-01

standard reading across the nation

This book should be standard reading in every school across the nation. open your mind the America the weird

1 of 1 people found this review helpful