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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson penned groundbreaking works as outrageous—and provocative—as the author himself. His memoir, Kingdom of Fear, provides compelling insight into his life and literary output.

Thompson’s infamous rule breaking—in his journalism, in his life, and of the law—changed the shape of American letters and the face of American icons. Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Thompson’s life as a rebel, from a smart-mouthed Kentucky kid flouting all authority to a convention-defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind-altering substances.

Call it the evolution of an outlaw. Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson’s legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly. Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio, his job as night manager of the notorious O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days trial, Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear.

This boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive icon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thompson’s voice still jumps right off the page, as wild, vital, and gonzo as ever…He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial.”

    Washington Post

  • “Just as Thompson paved his own way in writing about politics, sports, news and culture throughout the 1960s and ’70s, he now offers an autobiography that is typically unorthodox in style but still revealing previously unknown facts about its subject. Wavering between the uproarious and the lunatic, it’s vintage Thompson through and through…Characteristically incoherent at times, yet rollickingly funny throughout, Thompson’s latest proves that the father of gonzo journalism is alive and well.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lord Beardsley | 2/16/2014

    " In times like these, only The Good Doctor can offer some peace of mind... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 2/13/2014

    " Hunter S. Thompson was crazy. The guy did ridiculous shit all the time. This book is him writing about different parts of his life. He just had wild story after wild story, frequently weaving his opinions on society and politics in with the biographical aspects of his life. There is too much covered to really talk about any of the specifics but it mostly covers various run-ins, or near misses, with the law, and his disgust with the way the country is run. Really fun and wild read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharni Fletcher | 2/1/2014

    " Seriously can't say anything bad about Hunter S. His writing and narrative style is intriguing and entertaining. His humour really comes through - couldn't put this one down either! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JoJo | 1/26/2014

    " Hunter is constantly inspirational, insightful, and just urges confusion and further thought into subjects you would have thought mute. His examinations and musings on the counter-culture of the 70's and 80's are astounding and insightful as ever. "

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