The Rum Diary

  • by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by Campbell Scott
  • 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Rum Diary was begun in 1959 by a then-22-year-old Hunter S. Thompson. It was his first novel and he told his friend, the author William Kennedy, that The Rum Diary would "in a twisted for San Juan what Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises did for Paris." In Paul Kemp, the novel's hero, there are echoes of the young Thompson, who was himself honing his wildly musical writing style as one of the "ill-tempered wandering rabble" on staff at the San Juan Daily News at the time.The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. "It was a gold rush," says the author. "There were naked people everywhere and we all had credit."


What the Critics Say

"His style is less hallucinatory and exclamatory than it later became, but the groundwork is there." (Publishers Weekly)


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The Rum Diary

I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, became a devotee of Hunter S. Thompson, really enjoyed it but the pages came to life in The Rum Diary, while listening to it on Audible. The characters are engaging and Mr. Scott did an excellent job reading this novel. Enjoyed this audiobook more than any other I have listened to.
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- Caroline

Superbly written

Thompson's analogies are just flawless and flow effortlessly. Brilliant writer.

Look up 'rubber sack' passage.
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- Jay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio