Hitchens' vocabulary is expansive so keep a dictionary handy, but he's amazingly insightful. This book is essential to anyone who finds themselves in the minority. Whether you're an atheist in America, a vegetarian speaking out against factory farming, or an LGBT individual fighting for your social rights, this book is a must read.
Classic Hitchens - well written and highly cerebral. The book has a few dull or repetitive moments but in general is a great listen. As the title states, the book is aimed at young people, especially those who want to think for themselves and draw unpopular conclusions.
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It feels like I'm having a conversation with Christopher Hitchens about argumentation.
He sounds a bit like Christopher himself, so it feels more intimate
He talks about courage at times, and that was moving.
This was an entertaining and informative listen. I highly recommend it!
essential reading for a young contrarian. many insights for oratory and prose! thanks to the genius called the Hitch!
This is one of the greatest examples of Hitch at his best and in his element. A wonderful arrangement of worldly advice, recollections of life experiences, and prime quotes from the library of works Hitch read in his lifetime. A must read for all truth seekers and intellectuals out there!
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
It took me 2 tries to finish this short book. Mood is everything when listening to a curmudgeon. Worth the listen if you've become too sure of yourself and your motives.
One word: Hitchen-licious
A mere minute into the audiobook, you can already tell what you're getting in with this. Because of that, I found the book to be neither a great failure nor a great success. Rather, I felt it as just Hitchens being Hitchens, in all his witty-commentaries, thought-provoking ideas, and his sometimes repetitive arguments. James Adams does a great job narrating this book, he even injects the same cockiness of Hitchens' peculiar way of expressing himself into the narration, a welcomed feature that quickly makes you forget it is not Hitchens himself who is speaking to you.
However, what I realize is that I've grown to think of Hitchens as a sort of chocolate flavor. Great, enjoyable, smooth on the tongue, but highly predictable. Make no mistake, he doesn't wastes one's time, as chocolate also doesn't wastes one's time. But I found the book to be more of a reminder than a discovery, more of a visit to the familiar contrarian lands of my early teens than an exciting adventure to unknown lands. More chocolate than strawberry/pistachio, more spaghetti than focaccia. You get my drift.
So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven't read or heard a thing about Hitchens before. I have the feeling this would be a good introduction to this fascinating character of contrarian history.