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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Hunter S. Thompson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1990 ISBN: 9780743546096
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First published in 1990, Songs of the Doomed is back in print -- by popular demand! In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his thirty years in the Passing Lane -- and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary.

With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades -- 1950 to 1990 -- Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales -- often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time."

Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson -- a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past thirty years.

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  • Songs of the Doomed allows us to track Thompson’s evolution as a writer, and hence the evolution of the form he played such a major role in creating.” 

    Washington Post Book World 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/19/2014

    " HST's little notes/asides/essays/journal entries etc. are just as good as his fiction writing. Recommended if you even have a thought that you might like his work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dean | 2/15/2014

    " This is the only Thompson book that I found nearly unreadable. A complete letdown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendan | 2/5/2014

    " Life becomes caricature; padding aplenty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 2/3/2014

    " Gotta read some HST at some point; this is a good overview. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/20/2014

    " Great! This book comes in choppy pieces of insanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Yaffe | 1/17/2014

    " The title explains it all and trust me its totally worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick A. | 1/10/2014

    " Another collection of Hunter's works that hits quite a few high notes. I would recommend it to a more eager Hunter Thompson fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 12/14/2013

    " good if you like political history from the 70s and 80s "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Kizer | 12/9/2013

    " The perfect read this Independence Day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Fuentes | 12/6/2013

    " Some good stuff. Covering the 60's, 70's, 80's, and ends with an awesome court battle to kick off the 90's. HST never fails. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 12/5/2013

    " Uneven, but worth a read especially for the earlier stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Somer Stamps | 12/1/2013

    " I thought he was just a nutjob. Who knew that he was such an eloquent writer? This book was a great introduction to Thompson and definitely made me want to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/23/2013

    " Much improved over Vol 2. Good variety...the old works still sound great, and the newer stuff has a newfound teeth-baring intensity to it not seen since the Brown Buffalo freely roamed the earth. Worth a shot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erk Whocares | 7/13/2013

    " More wisdom from the epitomy of cynical prophets... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach Goss | 4/15/2013

    " Probably the best collection of notes and stories from HST. I carried this bad boy around with me most of my junior year of high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 3/6/2013

    " 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 Devin | 6/15/2012

    " This is a good solid compilation of his work. Everytime I read a chapter I want to do something destructive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 6/6/2012

    " Nonfiction, supposedly; i'm not convinced its entirely true. He really did, however, run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket. Anyway, its perfect: deeply insightful, hilarious, and almost too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moss | 3/9/2012

    " Hunter knew we were headed down a road to nowhere long before our current economic meltdown. He could smell the decay wafting off The Empire's carcass. He was a sage and a madman and I miss his whiskey-fueled wisdom. We need him now more than ever. R.I.P., brother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 11/3/2011

    " unfortunately scattered and not as good as his other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 10/11/2011

    " Just re-read - Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sketchycat8 | 10/6/2011

    " Excellent as usual. Genius and visionary gone to soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 8/23/2011

    " this became a real drag at the end. if i wanted to listen to someone bitch and moan about nixon i would just live in the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 8/9/2011

    " It's pretty good in places, especially when he gets on a roll. But overall, it gets bogged down when he becomes a parody of himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Moore | 1/4/2011

    " All you can say is Wow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 9/23/2010

    " Gonzo writing is harsh and energizing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/15/2009

    " hst is hst....what more can i say "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dean | 10/10/2009

    " This is the only Thompson book that I found nearly unreadable. A complete letdown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 9/27/2009

    " My favorite Hunter S. Thompson book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 8/29/2009

    " Gotta read some HST at some point; this is a good overview. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 7/25/2009

    " Probably the best collection of notes and stories from HST. I carried this bad boy around with me most of my junior year of high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 7/3/2009

    " The perfect read this Independence Day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/26/2009

    " unfortunately scattered and not as good as his other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonid | 1/7/2009

    " One of the best Hunter S. thompson books to date. This book is so debauched and plain speed driven, that it makes you feel that way too. Awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 10/17/2008

    " This is a good solid compilation of his work. Everytime I read a chapter I want to do something destructive. "

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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.