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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Written by: Hunter S. Thompson
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 6 hrs
5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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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

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

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  • Hugh
  • 21-05-11

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
  • 03-07-08

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
  • 31-05-08

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
  • 12-08-16

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
  • 03-01-06

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
  • 24-05-06

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!!!
  • 13-04-15

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
  • 31-10-11

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
  • 18-10-07

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
  • 01-04-19

standard reading across the nation

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

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  • mr. s.l.bartlett
  • 11-04-15

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.

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  • Mr. M. Curtis
  • 13-04-13

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.



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  • Marian
  • 15-07-12

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.

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  • matthew rush
  • 04-01-20

Great read, 5 stars....

Great story and performance. Very glad purchased this from Audible. Once started could not stop listening

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  • JAMES SCHUBERT
  • 10-09-19

Decidedly Average

Second HST book I've read on audible and I can't say I get the hype, so many people say he's their favourite author but I just don't get it. Maybe I expected too much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-19

Fear & loathing..

First read the book 35 years back, stoned and laid up in hospital. Loved it. Saw the film when it first came out, again stones and loved it too.
Listened to it again and again.. Supurb.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Hilarious

Very good listen. Experience with psychedelics increases appreciation for the story however. I Highly recommend.

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  • Karol K.
  • 05-04-19

Great, twisted, entertainming!

Great story for fans of Hunter, also for twisted people like me.
Narrator was perfect. Highly recommend

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  • Roo
  • 27-02-19

Much better than the clip suggests.

The quality of the recording is much better than the clip suggests.
Narration is great and of course, the book is a classic.

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  • Simon
  • 31-01-19

Perfect

I fucking loved it, the whole thing from start to finish, its nuts and fun to listen to also very well narrated

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  • Clasina
  • 14-12-16

better than the movie (almost!)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. the narrator is perfect - sounds just like the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?

i really like his friend, who keeps saying things like - "as your attorney i advise you to take 3 drops of that liquid in the little brown bottle and the last of the cocaine".

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

He really sounds like the actors who played the characters in the movie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-06-19

Immersive and hilarious

Classic example of “gonzo” journalism style of Thompson. For those who appreciate some craziness in their lifes

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  • andrew
  • 03-12-19

Rollicking story of drug culture

This book kept me hooked. It is a very different view of the world than in familiar with but the storytelling and the story were excellent

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  • Shannen Twine
  • 21-10-19

Listen at higher speed.

Ok, the narrator had the wrong idea on delivery, but if you listen on 1.25 x speed it’s Ok.

Simply the best American novel of the 20th century. There’s something in this story that strikes at the very soul of the modern time.

Thompson uses words the way Monet used colour. The section where Thompson reflects on the 60’s, recalling “We were riding a high & beautiful wave” has to be the most stunningly beautiful piece of writing in all of literature.

Get this book. Now.

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  • shapet57
  • 08-07-17

A funny story fron the 70's. I remembet the 70's

A funny story ftom the 70's. it is an exaggeration but jas enough truth to be amusing. I remember the 70's and things were easier then.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-17

Great audio book well narrated

Hunters writing is always enjoyable and listening after seening the movie many times, hearing the 9hr audio book was awesome and fills alot of the gaps in that was missed in the movie :)

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  • Michael Pryde
  • 07-10-16

McLarty is no Duke

A great story let down by Ron McLarty's whining portrayal of Raul Duke, Thompson has never sounded less confident.

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  • Sam
  • 27-07-16

a brilliant listen

could not get enough. the narration was perfect, great use of accents to keep it exciting. and ofcourse the story is phenomenal. favourite book

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  • DeD
  • 30-03-16

You either love it or hate it

I just could not get into it. There are tonnes of good reviews for it, but it really was not my style. Check out reddit for discussions around this book.

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  • Jason Starling
  • 30-05-19

meh book awesome actor reading is shit

should have gotten Johnny Depp to narrate
the books awesome the performance is poo at times it completely took me out of the story