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
History enthusiast with military and legal background.
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.
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.
Couldn't say. I must say of the books of his that I did read first, I really enjoyed the audio version better.
Apples and oranges.
Himself, since it was a memoir.
Hitchens always makes me laugh. He has a self-effacing British style that is not really humble. A great wit and unique thinker that is missed.
There are a few parts of this book that are mildly tedious, but his life is worth understanding, and the book does provide some insight to his writing.
Yes! This book offers a wonderful new view of the world.
He has a wonderfully soothing voice and tone.
Absolutely, Christopher Hitchens is a very good writer. His life is very entertaining and tells the story very well.
It gave me a brief insight into his values and how he perceived the world around him. He has an excellent vocabulary and is a great wordsmith.
Yes. However Mr. Hitchens voices seems to fade a bit when he gets excited about the story he is relating to the listener.
I laughed. His stories about his childhood and his trip to Cuba are quite good. If there is a sadness, it is that he is no longer around to write more.
Hitchens captivates as he reveals modern history as he both witnessed and shaped it. His scope and tenacity are matched by his convivial if rapier wit and insatiable thirst for truth. While the mind is ever inclined to proffer self-serving versions of memory, Hitchens takes pains to reveal both the blindness of his early zeal and how experience both enriched his perspective and tempered his beliefs.
Hitchens repeatedly takes the reader into the fire as he brashly interjects himself into the action. He is drawn to contention like moths to a flame and admits how lucky he was to escape with his life. In the midst of horrific battle zones, Hitchens glows as he distills the pathos to reveal the inherent good of our species.
While it is wonderful to hear Hitchen's story in his own voice, one feels sympathy for the poor engineer who had to record Hitchen's as he instantly pitches from rant to quiet introspection. This production can be greatly improved by reducing the dynamic range with a good compressor. In it's present state, it is near deafening when Hitchens explodes like a cannon after speaking so softly as to require maximum volume to be heard.
Admired by both friend and foe, Hitchens piercing insight is already sadly missed.
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