Say something about yourself!
This moving and entertaining memoir added exponentially to my Audible wish list.
The author's personal circle included a host of other names in history (Susan Sontag, Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Martin Amis to name a few). This list of names plus the author's travels has piqued my interest in areas such as Vietnam, the Soviet Union, Israel and Palestine to even London and New York.
As other reviewers have noted, Hitchens can mumble and even ramble at times, but this memoir is interesting and entertaining start to finish.
I gave this book a maximum rating not only because I thoroughly enjoyed the content,but because I could listen to Christopher Hitchens speak all day. For Hitchens fans, this book is a "must listen", especially after his passing. I would also encourage people who don't care for Hitchens and his bold way of speaking out against religion to listen to what he has to say before they judge and criticize him. If he had narrated all of his books, I would've purchased every one of them....He's that good.
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'm a fan of Hitch and, though I have this book in print, I decided to get its audio format to listen to on my commute to work. Sadly, the narration that Hitchens gives is sometimes completely unintelligible. His bass voice, combined with the way he loudly emphasizes parts of some sentences, means that some of his sentences go from crisp and assertive speech down to a low mumbling of inaudible mush. I had the same issue with God is Not Great, but evidently didn't learn my lesson.
As for content, I found myself in equal parts enthralled and bored. The enthralling parts were wonderful and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his stories, but when I was bored, I all but tuned out the narration, at times contemplating whether to give up and listen to something else. Whether it's noteworthy or not, I thought I'd mention that I found that much of my boredom coincided with parts of the book where the narration reached those all-but-inaudble points of undecipherable mumbling.
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.