Hell's Angels

  • by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by Scott Sowers
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson rocked the literary world with his mind-bending style of Gonzo journalism. First published in 1966, Hell’s Angels is Thompson’s up-close and personal look at the infamous motorcycle gang during the time when its moniker was most feared.

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What the Critics Say

“[Thompson’s] language is brilliant … [he] has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never dare encounter.” (New York Times)

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A great book with great naration.

I had read The Hell's Angels back in high school in the 70s, well before I began riding motorcycles myself. It was a good read then and an even better audio book now. The story will make you cringe at one moment and laugh the next. The Angles are part of American folklore. Hoodlums that are feared my most of the rest of us, yet they hold a certain kind of fascination. The modern day outlaw, riding on his steel ride across the land with little regard for the law. Of course, reality does get in the way.
Thompson tells it like it is, not glorifying the Angles but seeing them for who they are. At the same time, he understands them and seems to have a bond with them. He rides with them, parties with them and in the end gets a beating from them. This is a good book if you ride or not, a look back at part of American life in the 60s without the rose colored glasses that so often go on when this era is talked about. It was not all peace and love.
Scott Sowers is the perfect narrator for this book. His gritty delivery fits perfectly and you feel like your riding right along with Thompson. I have been listening to audio book for over a year now and this is perhaps the best fit of any book-narrator.
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- Amazon Customer "I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and"

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It's very entertaining.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I knew the ending before I read the book. For some reason the tag line that was on the original book that went something like "I lived with and was almost killed by the Hells Angels" is nowhere to be found on the modern audio book. As a side note, the idea that Hunter S. Thompson would pick a fight just so he could write that tag line to sell a book is almost laughable. That is actually a theory that a certain Hells Angel set forth in a certain very popular book.


What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a fine job getting into the character of Hunter S. Thompson. I almost feel as if I know the man.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"I partied with, lived with and was almost killed by the Hell's Angels"


Any additional comments?

So much has changed since the 1960's and yet at the core of it all, motorcycle gangs are essentially composed of the same sort of people then and now. They do essentially the same sorts of things; rape, murder, drugs, drug selling, various and assundry dirty deeds. If the men in these gangs did anything other than ride motorcycles, society would regard them with the contempt and loathing they warrant. How interesting is human nature that motorcycles transform lowly thugs into something other than what they are? Same thing for pirates of yesteryear. I myself can feel and taste the answer, yet find it impossible to put it into words.

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- Joe Bloggs "Simple Joe"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books