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."
© Hunter S. Thompson; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"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.
Thompson's analogies are just flawless and flow effortlessly. Brilliant writer.
Look up 'rubber sack' passage.
Definitely not one of my favorites. I really enjoy Mr. Thompson's writing, I guess the main part for me was the narration.
"I the book is far better than the movie"
I wished they would I follow the book more closely in the movie ghh
"Reminds me of Kerouac"
in a pleasantly vulgar kind of way. The descriptive decadent lifestyle is repulsive and attractive all at the same time. A bit of loathsome peppered with hints of wanting to belong with the normal people peaking out through the alcohol brings out the humanity and makes Jack Kemp likable.
"Reader ruined it"
The book is one of my favorites, but after ten minutes i couldnt listen any more, the guy reading is totally oblivious to the atmosphere of the story. Sorry, but not worth downloading.
"Really enjoyed it"
Great narration and story. It was a little hard to remember which character was which and not get the names mixed up because there were a lot of characters introduced all at once, but it worked. The only bummer for me is that I didn't realize it is the abridged version. I would definitely rather read the unabridged.
"A Valueable Lesson Learned in Puerto Rico"
Seedy, Humidity, newspaper
It ended pretty much as I thought it would. There were a few surprises.
I liked the scene where he first sees the newsroom and meets the people there. I could just picture it. Seemed very true-to-life.
There's more to Puerto Rico besides sand and surf.
"Fantastic story, wonderfully narrated."
Easily my favorite audiobook. I only wish it wasn't abridged, because it's a great story. Campbell Scott also has a great voice and nails the voices and accents. I'll look for more of his narrations.
I am a huge fan of HST and was thrilled when the audio book became available. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Mr. Thompson's work!
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