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Hitch-22: A Memoir | [Christopher Hitchens]

Hitch-22: A Memoir

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.
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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.

©2010 Christopher Hitchens (P)2010 Hachette

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    Amazon Customer MANCHESTER, NH, United States 09-28-11
    Amazon Customer MANCHESTER, NH, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Reading " Hitch 22 : A Memoir " for the 3rd time!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hitch-22 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Hitch-22 to and why?

    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.


    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    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. "


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    Sincerely,
    Jackie Guay

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Freyberg Redding, Ct, US 06-18-10
    Anthony Freyberg Redding, Ct, US 06-18-10 Member Since 2005
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    "The Life of An Intellectual Activist"

    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.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Carol South Haven, MN, USA 06-11-10
    Carol South Haven, MN, USA 06-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Much Hitchens--Even for a Memoir"

    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.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Yachtmaster Hawaii, USA 07-15-14
    Yachtmaster Hawaii, USA 07-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Yachtmasterkyle

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    "A Must Read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "There is no God but Hitchens"
    What did you love best about Hitch-22?

    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.


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    j. TAMPA, FL, United States 07-31-13
    j. TAMPA, FL, United States 07-31-13
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    "Great Memoir"
    If you could sum up Hitch-22 in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, Illuminating, Dynamic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hitch-22?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Montreal, QC, Canada 03-13-13
    Andrew Montreal, QC, Canada 03-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I miss the Hitch!"
    What did you love best about Hitch-22?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Hitch-22 to and why?

    It's difficult to say because this is really the first memoir I have ever listened to.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hitchens – was your favorite?

    Himself, obviously.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It provoked thoughts. It made me want to get off my behind and be more active in the things I find important about life.


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen for all Hitch fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Berwick, PA, United States 12-05-12
    Donna Berwick, PA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it wasn't so boring. The author's monotone mumbling was more sleep inducing than Michael Jackson's Jesus juice. lmao


    What was most disappointing about Christopher Hitchens’s story?

    Christopher Hitchen


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His monotone mumbling voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hitch-22?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    While I respect and share many of his political and religious views, his book truly sucked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Stillwater, MN, United States 11-22-12
    Brian Stillwater, MN, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hitchens in History"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David East Coast, United States 09-30-12
    David East Coast, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent choice!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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