Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.
In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political.
This is the story of his life, lived large.
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Note:This review is written by Jackie, Paul"s wife.
What a pleasurable experience it is to listen to Christopher as narrator. I feel as though he is talking directly to me - the mark of a great communicator. I agree with Christopher when he advises the reader to sit down quietly and listen very attentively as the author tells his story.
I enchance the great joy of listening to Christopher by wearing my Bose QuietComfort 15 earphones which help deepen my concentration carrying me through difficult parts.
I have the good fortune of being a member of Audible.com and am considered a serious listener these past 10 years. "Hitch 22; a Memoir " is simply nonpareil. I love this book so well that I want to buy a copy and read along as I listen to Hitch for the 4th time, lest I missed something.
Christopher captured my attention right from the start and carried me through the vicissitudes of his larger than life story with deep emotion and debth of knowledge. He is very expressive and genuine. He never flinches even while recounting intimate details. This is both an admirable and endearing performance.
In the chapter about his beloved mother, Yvonne, Christopher suffers deep and profound anguish when he realizes that he missed Yvonne's telephone calls which he humbly states "might have made a difference. "
Christopher has inspired me to write my Memoir.
My children won"t sit still long enough to hear my story either.
My love and appreciation to Christopher for his courage to see this multi-media project through.
I regard this work as his chef-d'oeuvre.
May I look forward to yet another delectable audible feast?
I'm a fan of Christopher Hitchens. Someone that well read with an intellect so vast commands my respect and admiration. So it is not with a little sadness to report how uninspiring and tedious I found most of his memoir. Perhaps it's the lackluster way he narrates his own life story; almost like reading an owner's manual or a recipe. His style, so effective in debate and interview, doesn't work here. The first third of the book is quite interesting and revealing but the story soon bogs down with endless anecdotes and experiences which lose any drama and import they might have had with his detached reading. And that's a shame considering the people he's known and the life he's had.
On Christopher Hitchens' memoir, *Hitch 22*. I appreciate that many of his life's epiphanies come from books. Mine did and do too. And I also appreciate the honest chronicle of his experiences in a English boarding school. Plus, his European perspective of American politics during the 60's and 70's is enlightening. However, his constant reminders of his superior intelligence are distracting and off-putting, and his choice to read his own memoir is ill-advised. His lack of inflection and sometimes jerky pacing force the reader to work at discerning sentence endings and points of emphasis.
I love it when an autobiographer performs his own audio book. Hitchens did so in his easy conversational style that often cloaked the sting of his opinions. I'm remiss in waiting until three years after his death to listen to Hitch-22.
I'm a long time admirer of Hitchens despite disagreeing with him on many topics. I admire his intellect, his clarity of presenting his case in speech and writing, his decency as a person,and possibly maybe most of all for his audacity in dealing with controversial topics.
For those of us who have been observers of his work for 25 or 30 years, there is little new in Memoirs other than his early life up until his late teens including his relationship with his mother and father. Hitchens was a profoundly moral man who acted on his beliefs. Those political beliefs were far left of center for all of his life, but not always apparently internally consistent. The book was extraordinarily well written and performed.
For those who do not know about Christopher Hitchens, this book is not the place to start. At least read his Wikipedia bio and watch a few of the many Youtuble videos that are readily available first.
I miss the contributions of Christopher Hitchens to the political dialog in the US and Europe. There is simply no journalist who can replace him. His relatively short 62 years were a well and fully lived life. I absolutely loved Memoirs.
Even if you are not a fan of Hitch, this is a fantastic read. It is certainly among my favorite memoirs and I shall probably read it again.
Even if you disagree with the man, you have to respect him. If you are a believer in the unbelievable you should listen to his arguments and see if there is something there.
Witty, Illuminating, Dynamic
I had not read his essays on the Iraq war and I am still very much opposed to it but I found what he wrote to be compelling in some ways. Enough so that I had a young woman in my course who was in Iraq for 6 tours, she was very disheartened by her experience, and I felt that perhaps what Hitchens wrote might give her a perspective that she had been needing (if I may project my thoughts into her spirit). I suggested to her that she read or listen to this text or one of his lectures on youtube and for my last project, she produced a piece based on her experiences in Iraq. She told me that all her others professors had asked her to bring her memories of war into her work and that she never had done so, but that she felt comfortable doing so for me. Perhaps that was Mr. Hitchens. I would like to think so.
I found much of this book to be extremely captivating. At times I did laugh and at others what Hitchens speaks of is so shocking that you shudder. I enjoy memoir's and to have the author read it himself was a great treat.
I had read some reviews about Hitchens' narration and I must say that I had no difficulty, in fact his voice was extremely well suited for the task. Being born in the UK, I think that what might be the issue is not so much his pronunciation, but rather his pace. I loved it though.
It's a memoir, For years I have been reading his books and when you listen to this you can close your eyes and really imagine yourself sitting down and having a scotch with the man himself while he tells you the story of his life in only the way that he can.
It's difficult to say because this is really the first memoir I have ever listened to.
It provoked thoughts. It made me want to get off my behind and be more active in the things I find important about life.
Must listen for all Hitch fans!
Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)
If it wasn't so boring. The author's monotone mumbling was more sleep inducing than Michael Jackson's Jesus juice. lmao
His monotone mumbling voice.
While I respect and share many of his political and religious views, his book truly sucked.
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.
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