Books · Read in 2023 · Reviews

(audio) Book Thoughts: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S Thompson)

A ride, I tell you, a ride.

★★★★☆ – CALSPIE 7.36

Title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Author: Hunter S Thompson
Narrator: Ron McLarty
Genre: Fiction / Modern Classic
First published: 1971
Edition: Audio & Paperback, published by Vintage in 2021

A chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.


Okay, so this was a ride. Did I enjoy it? Yeah, sure, kinda.

This is a nutjob of a book, absolutely mental. There is this nervous energy throughout that made me kind of feel uncomfortable, but the story itself was not too hard to follow.

Considering the time this was written in and the type of book it is: Sexism, check. Casual racism, check. (But actually not as much as I expected to be fair). Oh, and the book practically is strung together by drug use, but going into this you would probably already know that.

All in all, I thought it was fairly enjoyable ride. It was funny in places, even if the writing was nothing exceptional. It did what it wanted to pretty well I would say and I can definitely appreciate it for a the crazy kind of modern classic it is.

The illustrations done by Ralph Steadman I did not really care for. The narration was suitably frantic and though I did not always like it, it was a good fit with the story itself.

Would I read it again? No, probably not for a good while. I may re-watch the movie though.

3.75 out of 5 stars



  • Characters: 7.5
  • Ambience: 7.5
  • Language: 7
  • Story: 7.5
  • Pacing: 7.5
  • Interest: 7
  • Enjoyment: 7.5

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