Songs of the Doomed

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

Publisher's Summary

In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his 30 years in the Passing Lane - and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary.With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades - 1950 to 1990 - Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales - often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time."Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson - a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past 30 years.

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Shoddy production (including indecipherable narration by Thompson himself) and shifting narrators (one with a distractingly thick accent) obviously unfamiliar with Thompson's work and style make this production an insult. Save your money.

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- William Bleuel

A Travesty

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Okay, a bit hyperbolic however this production made me want to kill the people involved in various, nasty ways. I don't know who signed off on this piece of shite. The song they use in the intro's and outro's qualifies as torture. It took me a while to cotton to Scott Sauer's narration, this abomination made me realize how good he really is. Really, that song needs to be ritually wiped from the face of the earth.

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- Dr. Randal Mandos, III "Philanthropist-Tallywhacker"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio