The Great Shark Hunt

  • by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by Scott Sowers
  • 29 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the best-selling "Gonzo Papers" is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays offer brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in signature Thompson style. Ranging in date from the National Observer days to the era of Rolling Stone, The Great Shark Hunt offers myriad, highly charged entries, including the first Hunter S. Thompson piece to be dubbed "gonzo" - "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970. From this essay a new journalistic movement sprang which would change the shape of American letters. Thompson's razor-sharp insight and crystal clarity capture the crazy, hypocritical, degenerate, and redeeming aspects of the explosive and colorful '60s and '70s.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Like HST but...

Would you try another book from Hunter S. Thompson and/or Scott Sowers?

I like some of HST's work, but I found the narration grating and it put me off. The guy just sounds like an agitated jerk, which HST was, but I wouldn't listen to either one for any longer than I had to. Sounds a bit like Sam Kinneson hollering at you for 24 hours.

Would you recommend The Great Shark Hunt to your friends? Why or why not?

No, bad narration and if you're under 60 years old, it is hard to relate to the Nixon era articles.

How could the performance have been better?

Do it a little bit straighter with only some agitation when necessary, not constant.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

bought the ticket, took the ride

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- Amazon Customer

Great author, great content, ruined by narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Hunter S. Thompson, and I would recommend this and many of is books to my friends, but this particular audio book was ruined by the terrible narration. With that said, no I couldn't recommend this audio book to anyone as it is almost unbearable to listen to this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator took the works of an author who uses a strong and intense writing style to convey a strong and fascinating message and turned it into a Glenn Beck esque sounding rant. The narration of this book took what is an amazing and eye opening commentary on an era and filled it with a hatred that is really and truly sad to hear, and it is gravely disappointing.

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- Will

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books