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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Hitchens Narrator: Christopher Hitchens Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781607882336
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Over the course of his sixty-plus 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 US 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christopher Hitchens may long to be a cogent man of reason, and he can certainly be a pitiless adversary. But he knows there are two sides to any decent match, and it’s touching, in Hitch-22, to see how often he’ll race to the other side of the court to return his own serve. Which may explain why, though he tries to be difficult, he’s so hard to dislike.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Hitchens also proves to be more than a capable reader; his wit, erudition, and passionate unbelief could not have been conveyed as compellingly by a surrogate. Highly recommended for all general collections. Library Journal on God Is Not Great
  • As narrator, he contributes a pleasantly moderated voice and a listener-friendly British accent. AudioFile Magazine on God Is Not Great
  • Hitchens also proves to be more than a capable reader; his wit, erudition, and passionate unbelief could not have been conveyed as compellingly by a surrogate. Highly recommended for all general collections. Library Journal on God Is Not Great
  • As narrator, he contributes a pleasantly moderated voice and a listener-friendly British accent. AudioFile Magazine on God Is Not Great
  • This superb young adult novel crosses into supernatural realms, and Jonathan Davis's performance offers its own kind of magic. Davis makes the transition from commonplace teen angst to paranormal regions naturally and believably. Carlos Ruiz Zafón's lyrical prose creates plausible characters and thrilling situations, all given substance by Davis's spot-on narration. A conversation with the author (who also composed and performed the incidental music) follows this engrossing tale. AudioFile
  • Hitch-22 is among the loveliest paeans to the dearness of one’s friends…I’ve ever read. The business and pleasure sides of Mr. Hitchens’ personality can make him seem, whether you agree with him or not, among the most purely alive people on the planet.”

    New York Times

  • “A fat and juicy memoir of a fat and juicy life.”

    Washington Post

  • “Hitchens represents a dying breed of public intellectual whose voice matters precisely because it can’t be easily pigeonholed or ignored.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “One of the most engaging, exciting books I’ve read in years…The writing is lovely…Hitchens’ cold-eyed evaluation of his younger self feels honest…Hitchens’ efforts, friends, and close calls are rendered wonderfully in this strange book. Ultimately, Hitch-22 is about cultivating and maintaining one’s intellectual integrity…Even if you don’t like what Hitchens thinks, it’s easy to admire how he thinks.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A complex portrait of a public intellectual.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Christopher Hitchens’ memoir has the same nerve and frankness that first made me admire him…His perspective on becoming an American citizen is refreshing at a time when it’s easy to become jaded about our role in the world.”

    Seattle Times

  • “After reading Hitch-22, the only thing you can be sure of is that this flawed knight will not breathe contentedly unless he has a dragon to slay.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A fascinating, absorbing book: the rare contemporary memoir that is the record of a life of true accomplishment and authentic adventure…Hitchens is bravely, or at least defiantly, candid about qualities his detractors might use to undermine or perhaps explain his love of war and his rabid hatred for religious people.”

    New York Observer

  • “Delectable, sassy fun…This book is intelligent and humane…Hitch-22 reminded me why I love the author of The Missionary Position, his fervent slapping of Mother Teresa, and his book about the war crimes of Henry Kissinger. Hitchens takes no prisoners, not even himself.”

    New Haven Review

  • “As contemptuous, digressive, righteous, and riotously funny as the rest of the author’s incessant output, this memoir is an effective coming-of-age story, regardless of what one may think of the resulting adult…Hitchens paints a credible and even affecting self-portrait.”

    New Yorker

  • “Few writers can match his cerebral pyrotechnics. Fewer still can emulate his punch as an intellectual character assassin. It is hard not to admire the sheer virtuosity of his prose…With Hitchens one simply goes along for the ride. The destination hardly matters.”

    Financial Times

  • “Whether he’s dodging bullets in Sarajevo, dissing Bill Clinton (with whom he says he shared a girlfriend at Oxford), or explaining his switch from leftist to Iraq war supporter, this foreign correspondent, pundit, and bon vivant makes for an enlightening companion. Give Hitch-22 an 11 out of 10 for smarts, then double it for entertainment value.”

    People

  • “In this frank, often wickedly funny account, Hitchens traces his evolution as a fiercely independent thinker and enemy of people who are convinced of their absolute certainty…Revealing and riveting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Nonfiction, 2010
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, June 2010
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2010
  • A 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Autobiography
  • A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Clark | 2/5/2014

    " Brilliant, acerbic, witty, dense, and disturbing--particularly his personal accounts of abuse of power and people. Excellent writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 1/31/2014

    " Always enjoy me a good essay by Hitch. The verbal dexterity, the frequently over-the-top rhetoric of Hitch is somehow more tolerable in the written text. His appearances, especially in recent years, always came across for me as too performative, too close to almost self-parody to be taken seriously, to be tolerable. The distance of the written text certainly has its place in making Hitch less of a blow hard, somehow more sincere and someone who's words and opinions should be taken more seriously. He's no less challenging, argumentative, critical, maddening as you read his views and opinions in print but he's a lot less easily dismissed in that form than in others. And, you may even learn a thing or two about him from reading this somewhat of a memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/27/2014

    " His section at the start detailing his pre-death at the hands of a particular magazine is all the more poignant in light of his actual death. Hitch-22 is the work of one of the English language's best essayists talking, at length, about himself. That speech-as-written-word style that is so characteristic is at full strength. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Amato | 1/21/2014

    " Very interesting read to say the least, if you want to know all about the late Mr. Hitchens this is certainly the best book to pick up for obvious reasons. I have to say at times, and it makes sense since Hitch was a journalist, he does give a lot of detail to historical, social and political that he might not have even been directly involved with, but were going on in his lifetime. While I found all the details interesting, I felt like it took away the spotlight from him. That would be my only complaint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merilee | 1/17/2014

    " Review to follow. I notice they haven't added 2011 yet to the date finished tab... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/15/2014

    " Christopher Hitchens stands alone among 20th- and 21st-century pundits for his enthusiastic enmity and political flip-flopping, but while he makes no apologies for his beliefs, he does acknowledge their intrinsic contradictions. Critics praised Hitchens's frankness in sharing the details of his mother's suicide and of his breezy bisexuality, but they simultaneously balked at his decision to omit significant people and events (i.e., his wives, his children, and his role in Bill Clinton's impeachment). They also objected to his relentless name-dropping and some overly dense prose, and a few were appalled that Hitchens would continue to insist that Saddam Hussein did indeed possess WMDs. Despite these complaints, Hitch-22 is a sharp, rebellious, and sometimes bawdy account of the making of a modern mastermind. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natali | 1/13/2014

    " I gave up on this book a long time ago. Hitchens is a great writer but this story was not speaking to me. I may return to it someday. But probably not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/12/2014

    " It was slow going. I like his essays better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 12/27/2013

    " I really like Christopher Hitchens, despite his recent apostasy re all kinds of issues that matter to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandi Meredith | 12/17/2013

    " Hitchens lived a full, eventful, and admirable life as evidenced, and so well written here. The chapter in the beginning devoted to his mother is beautiful and touching, and the rest of the book follows its lead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 6/1/2013

    " Hitch is one of a kind. Occasionally condescending but always thought provoking. The parts about Salman Rushdie and Edward Said were my favorites. Too bad this is his last go'round. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Melbie | 5/11/2013

    " If you like to read good biographies, you'll love this book. This man is criticized much for his views, but Hitchens is one of the most eloquent and genuine human beings of our time. A life that is a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/26/2013

    " Loved the personal stories about his family. Became bored with all the other political jibber-jabber. Very intelligent man but arrogant. Still, sorry he's gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/7/2012

    " Amazed by Hitchens' intellect and experiences. Excellent memoir, if difficult to understand in places due to his many diverse and historic literary references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coral Dawson | 2/5/2012

    " His vocabulary is exhausting, and his views at times seem inflated for effect, but still an enjoyable read. I learned quite a bit of recent history from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulr | 11/27/2011

    " In my head, the book was entirely in the acerbicly witty voice of Hitchens. Like we were doing an interview. If you like Christopher Hitchens, you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 6/20/2011

    " Hitch is one of a kind. Occasionally condescending but always thought provoking. The parts about Salman Rushdie and Edward Said were my favorites. Too bad this is his last go'round. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/25/2011

    " I swear, I do like Hitchens, despite his arrogant fanaticism... but without him unfairly tearing something apart, my interest wasn't piqued and I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asif | 5/16/2011

    " A very enjoyable book about a man whom I admire and disagree with in equal measure. Extremely indiscreet in parts and not much about his family life or the relationship with his brother but well worth reading. I was hoping for more on his visit to North Korea too.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 5/16/2011

    " I adore Christopher Hitchens even when I disagree with him so I'm looking forward to this memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 4/21/2011

    " Building the case for a contrarian lifestyle. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, in England and graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University. The father of three children, he was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including collections of essays, criticism, and reportage. His book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and an international bestseller. His bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. The New York Times named his bestselling omnibus Arguably one of the ten best books of the year. A visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City, he was also the I.F. Stone professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a columnist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, New Statesman, World Affairs, and Free Inquiry, among other publications. Following his death, Yoko Ono awarded him the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace.