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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (115,643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440780530
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Giant bats and blotter acid, cocaine and bright lights: the late Gonzo journalist left behind an incredible chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times. This tale of a long weekend road trip is considered one of the strangest journeys e Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The best book on the dope decade.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a scorching epochal sensation. There are only two adjectives writers care about any more—“brilliant” and “outrageous”—and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.”

    Tom Wolfe

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Chlebovec | 2/2/2014

    " Loved this book, but unfortunately saw the movie first. The book is a bit different but is still fun...hold onto your seat when you go on this ride. It's a wild one but you'll come back for another read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/30/2014

    " I love this author!!!! love his writing style. Come'on it's Hunter S. Thompson people!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 1/25/2014

    " Not a lot I can say about this book other then the fact that I thought it was without a doubt absolutely just as amazing as the movie they made after it! "

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

    " A great surprise, Thompson is actually a very good writer and the reading was pretty frenetic. Such a blast! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/27/2013

    " Crazy, but absolutely brilliant! Kept me interested throughout the whole book; it was impossible to get bored. I'm jealous of his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica Schwer | 12/23/2013

    " I found myself having to take many breaks from this book as I found it very overwhelming. Thompson definitely does a wonderful job of taking such crazy, unrelatable and drug-induced experiences and pulling the reader into them. This book is a drug in itself as I have never felt so messed up from just reading about another person's drug experience. The madhouse that is the character's journey is excessive throughout the entire novel, and eventually came to be repetitive and overwhleming to the point where I just wanted it to end (a good trip gone bad.) Although drug experience is the main focus of this novel, Fear and Loathing is more about people's desire to bring chaos into their boring, driven lives. The experiences noted in this story are something we all secretly yearn for, yet elevated to a very high degree, and that is why I think it pulls excitement from the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juanlobeto | 12/21/2013

    " A really crazy trip.I love it,really beat generation book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aoife | 12/7/2013

    " You really have to pay attention to get the whole madness of the situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 11/1/2013

    " This book changed my relationship to language. Mad. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bugenhagen | 3/13/2013

    " Is this truly great literature? It's so much fun to read that I don't really care. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tafena | 1/2/2013

    " Easily the worst book I have read. I hope the movie is better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/8/2012

    " Everyone I know loved this book. I don't get it. It was just okay for me, I think the writing style just isn't how i like to realte in a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Roberts | 4/27/2012

    " Such a brilliant, drug fuelled adventure, a little hard to keep up with sometimes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela Mclaughlin | 4/17/2012

    " Let me just say this. I can appreciate Hunter S. Thompson. Hell, he was/is a cultural icon. But I have never done enough drugs to relate to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/8/2012

    " One of his best works. At least of his later works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Larson | 1/23/2012

    " Excellent well written stream of consciousness often very funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 10/27/2011

    " Here is another book that I found both disturbing and well-written. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it overall but I am glad that I read it, if only to say that I've read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart Carruthers | 10/5/2011

    " When I first read this book as a 19 year older stoner I thought it was the best book ever, 15 years later and I re-read it and with maturity it just doesn't hold up. Sure it's a fantastic romp but I preferred Rum Diaries in terms of style and story telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 djcb | 9/30/2011

    " Classic book, but I'm not a big fan of 'gonzo journalism', and the stream-of-consciousness style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Belknap | 6/29/2011

    " an insane ride. fun though. prepare for drugs and a romp through Vegas which will startle you at times not with its drug indulgence, but in its clear prose which so accurately and acutely define a generation and an outlook upon it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 5/22/2011

    " It was an easy read, I wasn't expecting that since I saw the movie first... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 5/18/2011

    " Psychedelic exploration of the human experience with a focus on the American Dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 andy | 5/14/2011

    " A unique book. Probably Thompson's best long-form effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 5/13/2011

    " Very funny, and skillfully written. I'm not general a big fan of life/travel writing but this was a real treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/12/2011

    " Quite a ride! My heart rate seriously goes up when they get themselves into certain "predicaments" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 5/9/2011

    " I hate to say this, but this place is getting to me. I think I'm getting the Fear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 5/9/2011

    " If you would like to understand what it is like to be drunk, stoned, and still able to communicate just read this book. Probably Thompsons best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 5/1/2011

    " WTF???
    He probably felt the same way when he read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/29/2011

    " The movie sort of ruined this for me. I should have stuck to my rule of not reading a book after watching the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 4/28/2011

    " Wild and Crazy, as expected. Hunter has some kind of subtle truth about him, and when it hits, It's like a brick wall. "

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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

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.