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On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his best-selling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next 18 months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

Mortality is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.

©2012 Christopher Hitchens (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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the good misfortune of hearing a voice eulogized

What did you love best about Mortality?

the raw beauty of an amazing soul pondering the inevitable to be or naught

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hitch

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

mayhap

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

Doing Death in the Active

Any additional comments?

My affection for Christopher Hitchens has really only blossomed in his wake, thanks to his echoes reverberating on youtube. Learning of this book, I checked reviews in part to confirm that the "sample" was not an accurate reflection of the book's contents; the sample was a bit of a foreword/eulogy by someone other than "the Hitch" from whom I was interested in hearing on the terribly intimate topic of "mortality." <br/><br/>I scrolled through many glowing reviews and snagged on one that seemed angered by the narrator's high speed disregard for Christopher's trademark eloquent cadence... briefly I wondered if I should take the trouble to read his words (so I could "hear" Hitch saying them in my mind)... but audio is often an easier option. A little ways in, I realized that angry review had infected my thinking and my frustration at the lack of cadence had initiated a letter writing campaign in my brain that would be demanding a "do over" - a more respectfully read version of Mr. Hitchen's final book, forthwith! ...I began to wish I hadn't read the complaint... but further on, when I heard this narrator speaking Christopher's words as he eulogized the very loss of his own physical voice, I felt the pain of our loss more clearly, as this bloom's procession inevitably advanced. Poignant book, whether read

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Compelling listen of Christopher Hitchens last wor

I had read this back when it came out and just decided to give it another listen. Hitchens contemplates his existence as he tells of his cancer diagnosis, his treatments, and his failing body. He does so in a way destinctive of his life- brashly, without apology, and always a lining of hope and curiosity.

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I'll miss this writer

Funny, witty, intelligent, and enjoyable as ever. The insight into his final moments is invaluable. All Hitchen's fans must read.

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A great book from a great man.

A short but captivating book about a courageous man contemplating. his mortality. A sobering and honest account of a brave man facing death. written as only Christopher Hitchens can.

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Moving

A Poignant, Courageous, Thought Provoking expression of one man's end of life experience in the face of a terminal illness.

Well narrated. Well written.

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Hitchens The Great

Brilliant as usual. I will always miss the Hitchslaps on stage his opponents endured. A must read book.

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Death conquers any philosophy

These short essays left me with a strong sense of the despair, misery and hope for survival that (I suppose) all humans go through when they know their life is threatened. To me, this was a naked reminder that ideas, philosophies, brains, money, everything, stops in their tracks when the animal called human is facing death.
Be prepared to get depressed - at least i was, a lot. Maybe religion does have a serious purpose - to allow us to hope that this miserable end has a purpose, and that it's not the end.

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I'm sorry and sad that he is gone.

I hang on every word as if he were a prophet. I love and admire him without ever meeting face to face

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  • Mary
  • augusta, GA, United States
  • 05-10-13

Christopher Hitchens. I miss his writing.

Even though this book is not read by Hitch you can still here his voice in every word. His stories are/were always entertaining, very funny, educational and filled with his amazement of his life. As he said in his interview with Charlie Rose "I am leaving the party earlier than I though I would, much earlier. I also highly recommend Hitch 22. It is read by Hitch and you will listen over and over.

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  • Thomas
  • LaGrange, IL, United States
  • 01-14-13

Some interesting nuggets of wisdom and perspective

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes.

If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Hitchens before, how does this one compare?

No, this is my first.

Do you think Mortality needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

:-))) Don't think that applies to this one.

Any additional comments?

Good, not great.