• by Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by Christopher Hitchens
  • 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes. It is a fabulous example of the value of a deep education, an insight into a brilliant mind and an honest walk in the shoes of a less than perfect but incredibly timely, talents, fortunate and authentic individual.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hitch-22?

There are numerous memorable moments but I would choose Hitch's narrative of the funeral of Mark Daily as one that has securely implanted itself in my mind.

Which scene was your favorite?

His vivid description of the approach to Malta with his mother as a child.

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

Hitch22 - erudite, eloquent and honest - the powerful life of an idealist.

Any additional comments?

In writing this review I am concerned that my feeble abilities may reflect poorly upon the subject. Hitch 22 is worth 'reading' even if the person or topic does not interest you purely for the quality of the writing. I normally listen to books on 2 or 3 times normal speed, Hitch packs so much content and meaning into each sentence that I had to listen to this, at least the first time, at normal speed and replay sections just to hear it again for deep effect. Hitch narrated with presence and sincerity. By listening to this book as opposed to reading it I feel I gained another dimension of or connection to who he was. This is a unique method of leaving your mark on the world and mark well worth the leaving. Well lived Hitch.

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- Ross

Essential: The memoir of super-literate dissident

What did you love best about Hitch-22?

The way he takes us through the last 60 odd years cutting away the nonsense, smoke and mirrors and infighting hidden truths, conspiracy and corruption.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Hitchens himself.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Hitchens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Actually his performance on his God is Great book is a little better, but obviously he was ill when he narrated this memoir, it is still a delight to hear him narrate it himself, he was one of the best public speakers.

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

A very British American Dissident.

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- mahoneko

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-26-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios