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Hell's Angel

The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club
Written by: Sonny Barger
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Narrated by the visionary founding member, Hell's Angel provides a fascinating all-access pass to the secret world of the notorious Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Sonny Barger recounts the birth of the original Oakland Hell's Angels and the four turbulent decades that followed. Hell's Angel also chronicles the way the HAMC revolutionized the look of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and built what has become a worldwide bike-riding fraternity, a beacon for freedom-seekers the world over.

Never simply a story about motorcycles, colorful characters, and high-speed thrills, Hell's Angel is the ultimate outlaw's tale of loyalty and betrayal, subcultures and brotherhood, and the real price of freedom.

©2001 Sonny Barger Productions (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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very enjoyable read.

Great read well written and so entertaining it keeps you interested to the very end.

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awesome read

loved this book great read good to hear what really happened and not the fake news that the media portrays

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perfect

one of the best autobiographies I've ever read. honest raw emotion. a real eye opener.

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  • Jon
  • 2017-12-25

Best Listen By Far!

Thoroughly enjoyed. Sonny is a Legend! Only wish there was more of him on audible.

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  • Trista
  • 2017-07-19

it was okay

What did you love best about Hell's Angel?

Sonny seemed pretty friendly...

If you’ve listened to books by Sonny Barger before, how does this one compare?

No.

What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

It was fine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

somewhat

Any additional comments?

It sure seemed like a lot of the HAMC activities were glossed over. I did expect a lot more information, but I guess that might not be allowed. Sonny made them sound like they are pretty friendly.

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  • Steve S
  • 2017-05-27

Sorry, but I found it boring.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this only to a friend who thought he was a bad ass biker dude. I found the stories boring and childish.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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  • CoastRange
  • 2017-04-27

Righteous

articulate and with great details. only the usa could produce a Sonny Barger, this book is very much worth the price. they got the right narrator too.

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  • Carlos
  • 2017-01-07

Absolutely fucking loved it.

I bought the physical copy of this book and the rest of the Sonny bargers books. Get a perspective of the club that's hardly heard of.

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  • Love to cook
  • 2016-12-07

great book

glad he wrote it as everything else is so negative. every biker should read this.

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  • Nathan
  • 2016-10-21

A fantastic insite

This book is a great story of wild times, rides, and trips with a wild man. This isn't a kicking in the door feds bs about a gang its the honest story of a man and club.

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  • Richard
  • 2016-09-04

Motivational piece of history

This book is amazing when I'm going threw hard times it helps me to listen to this book and analyze how I'm going to change the cores I'm on. My only wish is that more of Mr. Sonny's books where on audible.

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  • Chris B
  • 2015-06-20

A must for any true biker

An excellent book, from an amazing man. It gives the history of the Hells Angels like only Sonny himself could tell it. He doesn't just talk about the good times. He's also reflects on the bad times with a no bullshit approach. I have personally read it 3 times and highly recommend it to any true biker out there! I've read it 3 times and will probably read it another time in the near future

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2015-12-18

Like it or not the Hell's Angels are criminals

I actually had more respect for Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels before reading this book. The book is merely comprised of first hand recollections of the trials, tribulations and growing pains of a criminal organization which I fully expected before buying this book. What I didn't expect was Mr. Barger playing the wrongly accused innocent victim stance on most of the legal actions taken against the club in a supposed unjust legal environment. However, I continued reading the book with an open mind until the recollection of the infamous Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway, California. Barger actually attempted to justify the stabbing murder of Meredith Hunter at the hands of Hell's Angels members by placing the blame on the band and the venue instead of the hands of those with the knives. I would have had more respect for the man if he would have fessed up to the wrongdoings instead of pushing the blame off on others. In a nutshell, were it not for an amazing streak of luck and legal technicalities, Sonny Barger should be behind bars for life instead of whining about how he had been so unfairly pursued by authorities. Disappointing.

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