Kingdom of Fear

  • by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by Scott Sowers
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson penned groundbreaking works as outrageous - and provocative - as the author himself. His memoir Kingdom of Fear provides compelling insight into his life and literary output.


What the Critics Say

“He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial.” (Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

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Only for the most hardcore fans of HST.

"Kingdom of Fear" is essentially a collection of articles and essays by Hunter S. Thompson, chronicling his well-documented problems with authority starting at a very young age.

In the preface, HST gives some thoughts on the immediate post September 11th world, which are revelant even today (a dangerous, long lasting "anti-terrorist" security apparatus, for example).

"Kingdom" goes on to Hunter's early run-ins with the law in Louisville, his rise in the journalistic scene and the "Freak Power" campaign for Sheriff of Aspen that Thompson ran; Hunter being falsely accused of sexual assault by pornstar Gail Palmer; his hilarious guerilla war aganist a nouveau riche businessman who decides to set up his massive estate in Woody Creek, and of course, "Fear and Loathing in Elko" which poses the question "what if Clarence Thomas was really more depraved than previously thought?"

To conclude this is a decent compilation, but I would suggest "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone" (also available on audible) first and foremost. That compilation includes some overlap with this one (such as "Fear and Loathing in Elko") but has far more content.
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- Shaun

Sowers ruins Thompson

What did you love best about Kingdom of Fear?

The writing

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

I don't want to. I want Phil Gigante.

Any additional comments?

Please get Phil Gigante from the rolling stone book to do all of the Thompson books, he is perfect. I will buy them all.

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- rocky

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books