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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “laugh-out-loud funny” and “a great and an unexpected joy,” The Rum Diary “reveals a young Hunter S. Thompson brimming with talent.” Based on Thompson’s own experiences as a reporter in Puerto Rico for The Nation, the National Journal, and the San Juan Star in the late fifties and early sixties, The Rum Diary is a tangled love story in a Caribbean boomtown. The narrator, Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule, and anything (including murder) is permissible. In his signature tongue-in-cheek style, Thompson presents a dazzling, comedic romp, a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as his popular Fear and Loathing books.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Throughout The Rum Diary, Thompson flashes signs of the vitriol that would later be turned loose on society.” 

    USA Today

  • “Enough booze to float a yacht and enough fear and loathing to sink it.” 

    New York Daily News

  • “At the core of this hard-drinking, hard-talking, hard-living man is a moralist, Puritan, even an innocent. The Rum Diary gives us this side of him without apology…with a kind of pride.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Crackling, twisted, searing, paced to a deft prose rhythm…a shot of Gonzo with a rum chaser.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A great and unexpected joy…reveals a young Hunter Thompson brimming with talent.” 

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A remarkably full and mature first novel…a languid and lovingly executed book that reveals its emotional depths slowly.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Derick Lugo | 2/3/2014

    " Wow, I didn't know Puerto Rico was so wild! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Phil | 1/27/2014

    " Hunter S. Thompson does his best Ernest Hemmingway impersonation, but falls well short of the mark. The protagonist is thoroughly unlikeable and the plot is thin at best. Lots of drinking though, makes me feel like a teetotaler in comparison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by JoYo | 1/24/2014

    " Great, quick read. A splash of Gonzo, which is absent entirely in Hell's Angels. Very different from the movie, which surprised me. Perfect Gonzo introduction to HST. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Blank_postcard | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it -- paints a distorted, gorgeous picture of San Juan similar to the depiction of Paris by Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises. "

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