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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Visions of the Future of Motorcycle Gangs

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

might be hunters best work

What did you love best about Hell's Angels?

hunter presented raw data about the H.A. in down to earth and gritty way. the story seems about as close to objective as possible.


What did you like best about this story?

the way hunter wrote about the H.A. in a factual manner that did not glorify the despicable actions of the biker gang.


What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

scott really gets into character, and reads more like a great actor than a reader


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

i wrote a review shortly after i listened to hells angels (this being the second and more watered down version of my original review), but it never made it to print, i guess this was because i included some very raw (and probably inappropriate) excerpts from the text. what i am trying to say is that the best parts of this book are too raw and adult oriented to mention here. just listen to the book, you will not be let down


Any additional comments?

this is a must read (listen). you will not be disappointed. 5 starts all around.

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- GanjaPlanta

Book Details

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