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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"One for Hitch fans"
An amazing time-picture of the era of his youth. Very ego-centric, but hey - that's Hitch
"Honest but difficult listening"
I was always engaged in the unfolding story of C.H. and his family - a very honest and revealing memoir of an interesting life. His was no ordinary life, living in a world where elitism is the norm, the world of private schools and Oxford, rubbing shoulders with influential people. However, you get the feeling that despite inhabiting the 'dreaming spires' he was a decent bloke at heart. I feel bad complaining about the narration of this audiobook as it is done by the author, and who could better that? But his voice rises and falls away over the course of phrases and sentences and I completely lost a lot of it - I found at times I was just about yelling at him to 'speak up'!! Sorry - I'm a fan and have great respect for his writings but C.H. is not a good narrator.
"Life lived to the full."
Christopher's death has left a huge void.
Many things have been written about the man by much greater people than me, the only thing I would say is that Hitch would be one helluva mate to have.
Being an audiobook this has been very easy to put down, but very hard to turn off.
"Essential reading for Hitch fans"
Moving, brilliant, insightful.
That this book is in Christopher Hitchens' own words.
Can't pick out any single scene.
A bit of both - well, not cry, but who could not be moved by his facing a fatal illness and his untimely death? Many of his ideas resonate with me, so I am admittedly biased in reviewing this memoir.
The man was brave, provocative and brilliant.
"An exceptional mind"
A wonderful insight into one if the greatest thinkers of our time. Sensitive, open and completely authentic; a pleasure to spend so many hours in conversation with Christopher Hitchens.
Don't expect a linear narrative, much in the way of his personal life beyond adulthood or much in the way of anti-religious sentiment (which is why I was interested to listen). However you will get a very good insight into a remarkable man, and a new view of many historic people and events from a unique perspective. In audio book form, the man's voice is simply delicious!
"A man and his time"
This is a rare audiobook. You get a marathon of Christopher Hitchens reading you his first person account of his life and his politics, with his inimitable tone and style.
The authors background, experiences and relations
The explanation of the distance opened between Hitchens and the liberal left
Memoirs always risk being an author looking at his own handkerchief after wiping his nose. This one does avoid it with the richness of the content.
Put aside the man's politics. You may not agree with them. It does not matter. He had a staggering mind and wrote beautifully. Let him take you through some parts of what was an incredible life in these memoirs. But be prepared to work...this man was bright!
"Mostly enjoyable, definitely good value"
I will listen to it again. Like previous reviewers I found it difficult to reconcile the two versions of Chris Hitchens, the young idealist, and I'm not quite sure what he became at the end. A second hearing might help. Plus I loved listening to his voice, and I enjoyed the book in general, which was stranger than fiction in some places. He uses language really well, and I was never once bored.
His stay in Cuba, which he reported without much comment or opinion, just described what happened.
He has a very soothing, if quiet, voice. In general I like audio-books where the author is the narrator.
The death of his mother.
I couldn't decide whether I should give this 5 stars or 4, as it did in my opinion, tail off a little towards the end. As a previous reviewer commented, I would have enjoyed it more if I had stopped part way through. However at over 17 hours for one credit (if you are a member), I thought I got my money's worth in this instance and opted for 5 stars.
"Wonderful book and audio performance"
If you ever enjoyed the writing or TV appearances of Christopher Hitchens then I cannot recommend this memoir enough. It is a wonderful journey through his life, the development of his political thinking, his friendships and his family relationships. For those who know nothing of Hitchens then this book is an enjoyable and accessible way to learn about one of the great political minds of recent times.
The performance by Hitchens of his own writing is exceptional. I'm struggling to think of a narration I have enjoyed more; in itself, the narration is worth the price of the audiobook.
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