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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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Buy the ticket, take the ride, was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.Jann S. Wenner, the outlaw journalist's friend and editor for nearly thirty-five years, has assembled articles that begin with Thompson's infamous run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with his final piece on the Bush-Kerry showdown of 2004. In between is Thompson's remarkable coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign - a miracle of journalism under pressure - and plenty of attention paid to Richard Nixon, his bête noire; encounters with Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Super Bowl; and a lengthy excerpt from his acknowledged masterpiece, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Woven throughout is selected correspondence between Wenner and Thompson, most of it never before published. It traces the evolution of a personal and professional relationship that helped redefine modern American journalism, and also presents Thompson through a new prism as he pursued his lifelong obsession: The life and death of the American Dream.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 2/14/2014

    " Always a great ride with Hunter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Israel Rogers | 2/8/2014

    " Skimmed it. If your a super fan there isn't much in here you haven't read already. And it's all edited to hell. Couldn't find anything new so back to the library it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 1/10/2014

    " If there is one writer who can make politics interesting, it's Hunter Thompson. A good chunk of the pieces chosen for this anthology are from Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail, about the presidential race in 1972, and I thought it would be fairly dull subject matter. On the contrary, it was a nice history lesson and gave me a peek into the mad craziness of the 1968 Democratic Convention, the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and that devious crook Nixon. It's made even more relevant today with the recent passing of George McGovern, who was the only anti-Vietnam War candidate running, and was beaten by a landslide. Reading this only makes me miss Dr. Thompson and goes to show that we no longer have any journalistic voices of reason in these doomed times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Becker | 12/27/2013

    " Hunter S. Thompson was a goddamn national treasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 patty | 12/22/2013

    " Immensely enjoyed the visit back to the fear and loathing years of HST. Laugh out loud. So much Nixon bashing, and rightfully so. Just wrapped the book - loved rereading the Nixon obit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/18/2013

    " Hilarious and insightful. I wish I had the ability to turn a phrase like HST did. Will be exploring more of his work after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peacegal | 11/18/2013

    " I enjoyed Thompson's work, even if this book was unnecessarily padded. I didn't really see the point of all of the reprinted correspondence between Hunter and Jann Wenner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colby Miller | 11/9/2013

    " Pretty good collection of letters that Hunter wrote to Rolling Stone magazine, and his articles. Entertaining and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caleb Kincaid | 10/21/2013

    " Intresting read. Provides a perspective on life durring the 70's. Rather than just showing all the drugs every body did at the time, (though the book still does) Hunter provides political journals, specific events that nobody heard of, and a looking glass into the 70's world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artie | 10/19/2013

    " This is a bit like those infamous Jimi Hendrix re-issues. If you're a fan you've probably already read most of the good stuff, but there are few nuggets of interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Dial | 10/8/2013

    " While I still rate "The Great Shark Hunt" the best collection of his work, this collection is a must have. It collects only his pieces from Rolling Stone and contains his brilliant Nixon obit and "Fear and Loathing In Elko", one of his best pieces. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dean Brodhag | 8/5/2013

    " This was my first Thompson read an d my last. It brought back the gonzo journalism of the 60's and 70's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/11/2013

    " The Nixon era political writing makes up the bulk of the collection and is the strongest material presented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyn | 3/10/2013

    " Sadly, not my cup of tea.......not big on biographies, which I didn't realize this was. Onward.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 12/18/2012

    " Phil Gigante's Thompson is spot on, that's what really brought this volume to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 11/21/2012

    " A-/B+ Some of the writings of HST that were published in RS. Some of the things were quite outdated and not as interesting to me (super political) but really hilarious, he has great POV and I love his ridiculous attitude! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 11/13/2012

    " Hunter S. Thompson is the single most important political writer in my lifetime. His perspective is just as explosively wild as modern capitalistic Republican logic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/31/2012

    " Not that i am unbiased....since I love Hunter's prose. The section about Clarence Thomas is worth the price of the book all by itself! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayda | 1/30/2012

    " Since this is a collection, the pieces vary in interest and quality. Still, sentence by sentence, sometimes thrilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/30/2012

    " Interesting cat for sure. Enjoyed hearing all of his articles and the letters behind a lot of them. "

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About the Author
Author Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson (1937–2005) was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books on politics and society were regarded as groundbreaking among journalists, and he was celebrated as one of the early practitioners of an outraged, irreverent form of highly subjective journalism that became known as gonzo journalism. His numerous articles for Rolling Stone and books like Hell’s Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas brought him wide recognition and cultlike status.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.