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The Funniest Audiobook I’ve Ever Heard

Have you read anything by Hunter S. Thompson?  I’ve read it all.  More than once.  More than twice.  More than–well, you get the idea.I love them all, but I’ve definitely got my favorite: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.

And now that I’ve heard the audiobook, my favorite is even more favoritey.

I know a lot of readers who consider Campaign Trail Thompson’s finest, funniest work.  I agree.

But if you’ve read it, and even if you love it, now imagine Hunter sitting next to you, telling you the stories in the book, in that weird voice and with that weird delivery: it’s so much better. And that’s what you get in the audiobook, narrated by Scott Sowers.

I’ve never laughed so hard while listening to a book, and I’ve worn my David Sedaris CDs down to scratched messes.

Not everyone can come up with phrases like “He looked like a potato with mange,” and not everyone can delivery phrases like that as well as Scott Sowers. Be glad that you were never in his crosshairs when he was trying to describe what a political wretch you were.

It’s lively, it’s useful, it really is a book about politics by someone who cared deeply about the country, and I’m fighting the urge to listen to it again starting today.

Hunter was angry, brilliant, drugged up, insightful, and exhausted by the political spectacle on the campaign trail.  I wouldn’t have wanted to be in his shoes, but it made for some of my favorite writing of all time.

If you want to know more about the book, check out Matt Taibbi’s introduction to the new edition.


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  • Spencer July 30, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I listened to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas here pretty recently, and had a similarly uproarious experience. Some of the funniest stuff I have ever “read,” and listening to it only added to the experience.

    This one will go to the top of my list!

    • Josh Hanagarne July 30, 2012, 2:02 pm

      You won’t be sorry. It’s way better that F&L in LV and that book is a masterpiece.