With the exceptions of some oddly stunted emotional outbursts about Muslims and women, Hitchens can be counted on to clear-headedly cut straight to the center of whatever topic he is discussing. Most of these start with an idiosyncratic personal observation before expanding in to an informal, even conversational, tour of CH's thoughts on the topic. The effect is a great combination of classroom lecture and barstool chat.
Not enough essay anthologies in audible form to draw a good comparison here.
I would and have.
My only concern is that the essays are not seekable by chapters. Skipping a chapter likely means I unintentionally skipped over two or three essays and landed in the middle of a third. This made book navigation very difficult and perhaps the first time I regretted getting an audio book.
Excellent prose, wit and humor written by an intelligent caring human being who can not stand bs. His knowledge of the english literature is mind boggling. Current events mixed with history and literary references baked and served. Narrator is excellent. In any other narrator, some of the essays may sound dry or petulant. Mt Prebble enhances the essays.
Fascinating history and philosophy lessons, not to mention economics, politics, etc., etc., are all contained in Hitchens essays (a title that is a little misleading as many are book reviews--but certainly more essay-like and with way more depth than the usual book review). His breadth is breath-taking and the language/vocabulary extraordinary. Sometimes I didn't know the meaning of a marvelous word he was stringing together in a powerful phrase with other wonderful words, and,since I was listening in the car, I couldn't stop to look it up, An intellectual challenge and delight!
Not applicable, though I appreciated the essays/reviews involving the founding fathers, Carl Marx, and other well known historical figures.
The personal history of Karl Marx and how his work has been distorted was of great interest.
I really enjoyed Agrguably but it was rather intellectual "heavy lifting" so I would not reccomend listening to it in the car or before you go to bed. Hitchens really requires your undivided attention and your critical thinking skills.
This collection by Hitchens has a real post 9/11 slant. What makes Hitch really interesting is he is not a product of the current black and white; left and right debate that seems to dominate current discourse. The book is broken into numerous parts (America; literature; humour; international corresponsence; shadows of Totalitaranism; and the written word). I liked the Ameican and Humour sections as I have a rather broad understanding of American culture/literasture/history and the Humour section is just plain funny.
The only fault I had in the book was more my problem than HItchens there were a few moments (heck whole essays) that my eyes glazed over because I had no frame of reference to what Hitch was talking about (re. he would discuss a writter or political movement that I knew nothing about). But this was rather rare and I can not fault Hitch for challenging the reader/listener and engaging in high level discourse on subjects rather than just introducing the subjecf and giving a very broad slant. When I did have an understanding of a subject (even elementary) I found the essays very enlightening especially the way he mixes politics, literature, and history all in the same essay about one particular topic.
Hitch you will be sorely missed in the world of 2 second sound bites, mindless reality TV, and black and white discourse
It's long , I would zone out in some of the essays .
some , I would stop what I was doing and stand still to listen till the end of an essay .
mouth opened in awe . some in laughter . and some in tears .
The Narrator , I feel , sounds like Hitchens .
Excellent writing. But you might want to listen more than once since processing such depth requires extreme concentration. Some stories make you wince in pain, but they are crudely real and sometimes necessary, though not always enjoyable. You walk away feeling better, more knowledgeable about things you've heard no where else.
Of course Hitchens is the single most polarizing writer of our time, you either rally behind his rapier wit or are insulted by it. Works well for me, intelligent essays that can be consumed in bite sizes when the mood strikes. Recommended highly for Hitchens fans.
This is really a great book/collection. So many arguments that I may not agree on all of them, but the explanation, and the wording is beyond intellectual.
I win all the god damn arguments.