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Letters to a Young Contrarian Audiobook

Letters to a Young Contrarian

In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.
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Publisher's Summary

A witty, wise, biting, and completely individual meditation on what it means to think, live, and be to the contrary.

In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.

This book explores the entire range of "contrary positions" - from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt. In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast. He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society. He understands the importance of disagreement - to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress - heck, to democracy itself.

Epigrammatic, spunky, witty, in your face, timeless and timely, this book is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian.

©2005 Christopher Hitchens (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]his mini-manifesto, despite the somewhat mountainous terrain, should provide readers interested in current events and anti-establishment philosophy with a clearer view into one of today's more restless and provocative minds." (Publishers Weekly)

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    David Okemos, MI, United States 08-20-12
    David Okemos, MI, United States 08-20-12
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Letters to a Young Contrarian to be better than the print version?

    I don't know


    What did you like best about this story?

    It feels like I'm having a conversation with Christopher Hitchens about argumentation.


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds a bit like Christopher himself, so it feels more intimate


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

    He talks about courage at times, and that was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an entertaining and informative listen. I highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Schlepp 03-09-15
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    "Classic Hitch"

    This is one of the greatest examples of Hitch at his best and in his element. A wonderful arrangement of worldly advice, recollections of life experiences, and prime quotes from the library of works Hitch read in his lifetime. A must read for all truth seekers and intellectuals out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 12-30-14
    Julia 12-30-14 Member Since 2015

    I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?

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    "Interesting"

    It took me 2 tries to finish this short book. Mood is everything when listening to a curmudgeon. Worth the listen if you've become too sure of yourself and your motives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arturo Zapopan, Mexico 04-28-14
    Arturo Zapopan, Mexico 04-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Hitchens being Hitchens"

    One word: Hitchen-licious

    A mere minute into the audiobook, you can already tell what you're getting in with this. Because of that, I found the book to be neither a great failure nor a great success. Rather, I felt it as just Hitchens being Hitchens, in all his witty-commentaries, thought-provoking ideas, and his sometimes repetitive arguments. James Adams does a great job narrating this book, he even injects the same cockiness of Hitchens' peculiar way of expressing himself into the narration, a welcomed feature that quickly makes you forget it is not Hitchens himself who is speaking to you.

    However, what I realize is that I've grown to think of Hitchens as a sort of chocolate flavor. Great, enjoyable, smooth on the tongue, but highly predictable. Make no mistake, he doesn't wastes one's time, as chocolate also doesn't wastes one's time. But I found the book to be more of a reminder than a discovery, more of a visit to the familiar contrarian lands of my early teens than an exciting adventure to unknown lands. More chocolate than strawberry/pistachio, more spaghetti than focaccia. You get my drift.

    So in conclusion, I do recommend it, but perhaps I would recommend it more to those who haven't read or heard a thing about Hitchens before. I have the feeling this would be a good introduction to this fascinating character of contrarian history.

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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "You'll love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Letters to a Young Contrarian the most enjoyable?

    The work's content is so engaging!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Christopher's musings immortalized within, for all time.


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James does a great job narrating this work very articulately.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Christopher's contrarian thoughts, and interesting experiences he faced throughout his life.


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    Ronald United States 03-11-13
    Ronald United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring Intellecual Babble"
    What would have made Letters to a Young Contrarian better?

    Less pretentious tone. Less rambling would be good too.


    Has Letters to a Young Contrarian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you listen closely you can take away something, though not much.


    Any additional comments?

    Put this book in its on category "For Intellecutals Only"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    linda United States 02-12-13
    linda United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "christopher hitchens lives on"
    Would you listen to Letters to a Young Contrarian again? Why?

    yes. I like the way he thinks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters to a Young Contrarian?

    His discussion of his time in Bosnia during that war


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    n/a


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Always look for the truth.....which may take a long time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen BUFFALO, NY, United States 02-10-13
    Karen BUFFALO, NY, United States 02-10-13
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    "James Adams narration is distracting"
    What made the experience of listening to Letters to a Young Contrarian the most enjoyable?

    The mind of Christopher Hitchens.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would have rather Christopher read it himself. James Adams sounds like a blow-hard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, James Adams must be taken in small doses.


    Any additional comments?

    In all honesty I haven't finished listening to the book - I will have to read it on my kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francois Arouet 04-17-13
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    "Audible is a Nightmare"
    What made the experience of listening to Letters to a Young Contrarian the most enjoyable?

    Nothing wrong with the book but Audible software is a Rude Goldberg collaboration on steroids. WHAT a nightmare! Phone support? From what planet. Frankly I might get a better connection with a string and two Dixie cups. I do not need a career! I already HAVE a career!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 05-14-11
    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 05-14-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Not fond of the Narrator"

    The book is very well written and done in a wonderfully literate manner, but the narrator tried to hard to sound High minded, with awkward pauses and strange emphasis on words. This may be one of those books that you really need to visually read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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