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Hitch-22 Audiobook

Hitch-22: A Memoir

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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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    Mr 03-27-15
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    "And so it goes"

    The book starts off really movingly as Hitch describes his family. The further he moves into his adult career the more it starts to alternately like a vehicle for name dropping and an extended self-justification for his political change of heart.

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    Alek 03-27-15
    Alek 03-27-15 Member Since 2014

    "The Anax"

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    "Despite some crassness, a wonderful memoir."
    Would you listen to Hitch-22 again? Why?

    Might listen to this again. Christopher was a learned and articulate individual. Lots of depth to each sentence.


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

    His brother Peter's "The Rage Against God." Peter's book centers purely on religion, but is also nearly a quarter of the length of "Hitch-22." Introspective insight from these two men were very valuable to me.


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

    Christopher's recounting of a fan of his that, inspired by his work and his own moral motivations, became a soldier in the U.S. military and bravely (yet unknowingly) sacrificed himself for the sake of others. It's an anecdote that transcends the political spectrum, religious beliefs, and worldviews common and nuanced.


    Any additional comments?

    Note that there is some cursing, and Christopher is not afraid to infer sexual intimacy. It's worth examining if you're able to stomach that, however.

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    Brandon 03-15-15
    Brandon 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting mind"

    The man lived a life most will never know, shows in this story. Love his style of writing and passion

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    Alexander DeDecker 02-27-15
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    "Fascinating story"

    Fascinating life of a brilliant man lost too soon. I only wish he had gotten to write a sequel to it.

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    Taylor J Weigand 01-20-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A fascinating life, but complicated at times"

    I really enjoy the writing of Christopher Hitchens. He's very articulate, humorous, and open-minded. I am pretty well read person, But he is an extremely well read person. I sometimes find his pros and cultural references to be well out of my league. But I can say that he always inspires me to go out and learn something new.

    My one other criticism would be in Hitchens' narration, which can be a little garbled at times, especially when he speaks more quickly and tails off at the end of some sentences.

    That being said, I would highly recommend this work to anybody who enjoys the words of Christopher Hitchens and would learn like to know more about his life.

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    Yachtmaster 07-15-14
    Yachtmaster 07-15-14

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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.

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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2011

    History enthusiast with military and legal background.

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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.

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    Andrew Montreal, QC, Canada 03-13-13
    Andrew Montreal, QC, Canada 03-13-13 Member Since 2016
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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!

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    Donna 12-05-12
    Donna 12-05-12

    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.

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