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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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029943
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 1/19/2014

    " fear & loathing in Elko is funnier than a depressed seven year old kid dynamiting himself in a chocolate mine; black acid is taken. What the fuck is black acid? Would i?no wait, should i want to know? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/15/2014

    " Hunter S Thompson was definitely an individual like no other. You will either love or hate him....no grey areas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie ONeill | 1/10/2014

    " I have to go back to this book only read half - crazy :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 1/8/2014

    " Thompson's last book gives you a look into his childhood, a retelling of his Kentucky years, and shows you how Thompson reflected on his life right at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myria | 1/1/2014

    " Hilarious and interesting as usual. I'm a big fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikita Kuin | 12/31/2013

    " Anything Hunter is involved with is bound to entertain, this is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Johnson | 12/25/2013

    " A collection of his articles. Not my favorite of his, but probably enjoyable for fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/1/2013

    " The Master Provacateur finds new spirit late in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/28/2013

    " Dispatches from Thompson's meandering mind in his twilight years, Kingdom of Fear lacked the punch of his earlier works, but was nonetheless a rollicking ride from one of literature's great heroes of the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/8/2013

    " This book is a combination of articles, stories, and letters. I liked it, but got a bit thrown by the fact that it is not really arranged chronologically (at times Thompson jumps from the 70's to the 90's without any real transition). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew T. | 9/27/2013

    " A another good read from a great lesbian writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonid | 7/21/2013

    " Good. Although I didn't enjoy it to such extent that I would read it twice for example. Strong but bleak compared to Hunter's other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance | 4/19/2013

    " The is one of my favorite books ever. A must read for any fan of Hunter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 4/10/2013

    " What a hoot, well worth reading, enjoyed immensely "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesper Sorensen | 1/1/2013

    " pure gonzo, for the pure at heart "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Alarcon | 12/23/2012

    " The whine of a dying old man. His self righteous banter was difficult to put up with then every now and again; sheer brilliance. Pretentious and full of shit but he can make some amazing observations about the state of the union. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelzey | 11/27/2012

    " Thus far, an engaging achievement by the Gonzo great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Beebe | 11/2/2012

    " Critics believe that Hunter's best work was behind him the last twenty years of his life, and they might have been right, but this collection of essays, rants, and larger than life stories are top notch. Scaring the living shit out of Jack Nicholson at his house in Colorado is a highlight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benny | 10/9/2012

    " The last real hurrah by the Doctor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 9/28/2012

    " Thompson is a true american. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 8/30/2012

    " Hunter at his most honest and most introspective. A perfect capstone to his career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny Galt | 8/10/2012

    " Books just don't better than this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nieke | 6/30/2012

    " The intricate ways in which our societies are seemingly controlled by a system, be it a leader, media. Standing up and commenting, criticising, is perhaps the most important antidote one can provide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 6/29/2012

    " fear and loathing in elko is one of my favorites and i had to go back and read it again...and in the good doctor's honor i will be fear and loathing at the denver democratic convention this week "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 3/18/2012

    " Thompson uses his patented stream of consciousness trope to create amusing stories starting from the then present (early 2000's) and his then current doings and splices them together, in some segments randomly, to events as far back as his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky. "

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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

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.