Couldn't say. I must say of the books of his that I did read first, I really enjoyed the audio version better.
Apples and oranges.
Himself, since it was a memoir.
Hitchens always makes me laugh. He has a self-effacing British style that is not really humble. A great wit and unique thinker that is missed.
There are a few parts of this book that are mildly tedious, but his life is worth understanding, and the book does provide some insight to his writing.
Yes! This book offers a wonderful new view of the world.
He has a wonderfully soothing voice and tone.
Absolutely, Christopher Hitchens is a very good writer. His life is very entertaining and tells the story very well.
It gave me a brief insight into his values and how he perceived the world around him. He has an excellent vocabulary and is a great wordsmith.
Yes. However Mr. Hitchens voices seems to fade a bit when he gets excited about the story he is relating to the listener.
I laughed. His stories about his childhood and his trip to Cuba are quite good. If there is a sadness, it is that he is no longer around to write more.
Hitchens captivates as he reveals modern history as he both witnessed and shaped it. His scope and tenacity are matched by his convivial if rapier wit and insatiable thirst for truth. While the mind is ever inclined to proffer self-serving versions of memory, Hitchens takes pains to reveal both the blindness of his early zeal and how experience both enriched his perspective and tempered his beliefs.
Hitchens repeatedly takes the reader into the fire as he brashly interjects himself into the action. He is drawn to contention like moths to a flame and admits how lucky he was to escape with his life. In the midst of horrific battle zones, Hitchens glows as he distills the pathos to reveal the inherent good of our species.
While it is wonderful to hear Hitchen's story in his own voice, one feels sympathy for the poor engineer who had to record Hitchen's as he instantly pitches from rant to quiet introspection. This production can be greatly improved by reducing the dynamic range with a good compressor. In it's present state, it is near deafening when Hitchens explodes like a cannon after speaking so softly as to require maximum volume to be heard.
Admired by both friend and foe, Hitchens piercing insight is already sadly missed.
Christopher Hitchens is a great writter, thinker, and storyteller but his dense writting style and heavy intellect does not lend itself well to a biography.
Although this biography is interesting and Hitch lead a very interesting life it all seemed rather like a dense trudge to listen to this. Although there are moments of enjoyable biography and stories of famous people (Rushdie, Thatcher, Borges, and Amis) too much of the book is weighed down by Hitchens intellectual heavy lifting. Which is really interesting and what one would come to expect. I guess when I got this I was expecting a ligth salad and what I got is a heavy dense chowder.
Hitchens' narration is excellent though and I would not fault the book (or Hitchens) for being Hitchens.
As much as I like Christopher Hitchens I had hard time understanding the talk. Perhaps, my ear is not trained to understand the British pronunciation...
I am a huge Hitchens fan and I must say: this was so boring I could not keep my eyes open or brain alert during the read-ever. There were a few interesting parts but Hitchens was a terrible narrator and the book was boring on top of it- making this a very poor read. I bought it on sale for 6.00 and I am still dissapointed I bought it at that price. The interesting thing about it is that I heard all of these poor reviews about the book, but I thought "heck, it's on sale for 6.00, and the poor chap is on his death bed, maybe those two things will make this worth it". It wasnt. Seriously Hitchens, you should have gone in your pocket for a good narrator.
Christopher Hitchens is a wonderful writer but a terrible narrator. Admittedly, I have some hearing loss, but most narrators are easily understandable. Hitchens, besides his mumbling British accent, tend to drop his voice. Silly me, should have remember attending a lecture of his that was nearly unintelligible also.
If there were a court for intellectual bankrupts that resolved their insolvency, Hitch-22 would serve as the author’s restructuring plan.
While this work begins with a fearless confrontation of his impending demise, it deteriorates into an apologetic liquidation of the author’s political principles - the sole convertible currency for a public intellectual. Rather than a complete eradication of his canon, only unfashionable and inconvenient elements are rejected. Thus goes the Trotsky-inspired export-centered revolutionary agitation of international socialism; the struggle for workers' happiness just fades away. The bankrupt emerges intact with love of traveling to international conflicts, preferably in locations where international liberalism is seeking to establish new colonies, or as they are properly called - "democracies". The battery of excuses employed for the completely unnecessary explanation of this personal revolution begins to feel cloying, especially as they are interspersed more and more among boasts, veiled in that peculiar mix of humility and style that is issued by the pound to every British subject and by the ton to every Oxbridge one. At the end only a shadow of an intellectual remains and we discover that all along Hitchens has been riding on the comfortable conceptual rails of empire that he imbibed with mother's milk on a British naval base, as that empire was beginning to witness it's inglorious sunset. Conveniently, another English-speaking empire was rising and Hitchens made the jump across the pond to the fresh American lily pad.
As Hitchens details his failed ambition of being a public intellectual, he firmly establishes himself as a perfectly capable wit with a tremendously entertaining grab-bag of anecdotes and experiences. His observations are feeble, but he had good company and benefited greatly from it. Plus his language is something to be admired, if not adored. Regrettably, the pretty vines crawl upon a rotten tree.
Good one. Well narrated. I would recommend listening to this audiobook. Thanks to Audible for having this in store