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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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    Martin Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-17-16
    Martin Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-17-16
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    "A lovely window into some fascinating moments"

    Hitchens is always a pleasure to hear. his gentle voice and wonderful turns of phrase make for a delightful journey into the sixties seventies eighties and nineties.

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    azfatboy 01-28-16
    azfatboy 01-28-16
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    "An absolute must for Hitchens fans"
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    I had already read the book and listened to the audio version before purchasing the audible version. I decided that I wanted to have all of Hitchens' audio books (specifically those he narrated himself) at the push of a button. So this became a must-buy. As ably as some of his other works have been treated by other narrators, there is simply no replacing that voice. Having discovered the brilliance of Hitchens only after his death, my dismay will only ever be slightly assuaged by my gluttonous consumption of the gloriously copious body of work he has left behind.

    With my slight case of hero-worship now safely if embarrassingly out of the way, I can now provide a wholly inadequate review of the actual content. His voice provides an extra level of detail as compared to the written word. And although it is true that perhaps only a fellow Hitchensien, perhaps also "full of brio and self-confidence", will find the details of his life as interesting as I did, his wit and delivery make the journey thoroughly engaging even for those who [wrongly] don't count him amongst the most powerful intellectuals and orators of our time. (I know, I promised my excess of reverence and veneration were over--I lied!)

    I particularly enjoy best the pseudo-monotone he sometimes employs, often to hilarious effect. I think he could have stood in for any Python sketch without missing a beat. The content is captivating, and the delivery impeccable. Buy this audible book, you won't regret it.

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    AlRuble 11-09-15
    AlRuble 11-09-15
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    "An Interesting "AutoBio" rambler"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would say that the text version of the book might be better, as references can easily be looked up. Hitchens maintains his charm, but this narrative was rather rambling, and he didn't entertain, "the juicy bits" as much as I would've liked; much of it could be discovered through other research, besides personal anecdotes and snippets that wouldn't normally be uncovered, so it's definitely worth it to listen to the man himself, even if it isn't as revealing as would be wanted.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Hitchens? Why or why not?

    Yes, he is very clean and precise, and he recommends or brings to light so many events, people, and perspectives that it can become overwhelming at times to keep them in line - albeit a wonderful sort of overwhelmed, and then he pulls it back and becomes more of a narrator, which is nice. His writing is of great form and substance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the delving into bisexuality was interesting and the pieces about his love of Orwell were fine. He really had quite... almost too much of a life jam-packed with travel. The part in the beginning about his mother is overbearingly vivid at one point; it was lovely.


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

    It forced me into a branch of research I wouldn't have done otherwise, a grand exploration of history and modern characters of whom I had no idea.


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    1DrummingAddict Mount Juliet, TN 10-11-15
    1DrummingAddict Mount Juliet, TN 10-11-15

    I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.

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    "Great, enlightening book about a brilliant man"
    If you could sum up Hitch-22 in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening
    Impressive
    Expressive


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

    Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography


    What about Christopher Hitchens’s performance did you like?

    I just love his voice and am thankful he recorded this memoir so future generations can hear in his own words what made this great man develop into the juggernaut he would become.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Making of a Juggernaut of Reason


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to the book through a headset, Christopher (he hated the shrinking of his name to Chris) using inflection in his voice to convey meaning and feeling. Some of the inflections are drastic and can get lost in a room with ambient noise.

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    Benjamin Hesse 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable, Engaging and thought Provoking"

    While I'm a biased fan I still would recommend this to anyone. Hitchens wit and observations when applied to his own life create a fascinating and reflective story. Made all the better by his reading of the book.

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    Kelli B Eugene, OREGON, United States 08-25-15
    Kelli B Eugene, OREGON, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "All Hitch"

    For fans of the late, great Christopher Hitchens, this will be quite a treat. Hitch narrates his own words with typical gusto, recounting his various exploits and stances he's taken.

    We miss you, Hitch.

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    Thomas Y. Taber Fort Collins, CO United States 06-24-15
    Thomas Y. Taber Fort Collins, CO United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A great autobiography of a great life lived"

    A great autobiography of a great life lived. It's great to hear Christopher Hitchens in his own words. I highly recommend it!

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    Cindi 06-24-15
    Cindi 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "That fabulous voice!!!"

    Memoirs written and read by the author are my favs! Mr. Hitchens has an amazing voice that will be missed.

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    Peter 04-22-15
    Peter 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "for love of English, free thought, irony, history"

    His conversational writing style and euphonious voice make this an ideal book on tape. His era is an historically rich one and recent enough that it's description is yet to be calcified. Hitchens, makes no claim to impartiality, obviously, but his lens is certainly one worth looking through when observing the trail of blood and confusion that the present leaves behind itself.

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    James 04-22-15
    James 04-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Life Divided"

    Spoiler Alerts.

    I truly enjoyed hearing about the Hitch, a nickname I discovered was once his father's nickname as well. If you want a look at the secret life someone suggests, aludes to, and "perhaps" later even hides (denies?) to have existed in his adult years, you may find the fabric of this tapestry intricately delights you. Or you may wish he'd be more direct- but you'll find out why that was not so.

    There is much more of the book dedicated to his political activism and political thinking across much of his life time. Including appreciations of, contentions with, and defining ironies of the Jews.

    Add to this some word games and you get a thorough appreciation of his intelligence across many expressions. If you just want the word games get one of the Live at the 92nd Street Y interviews with him and Salman Rush die -most of them are there.

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