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.
Elegant, maudlin, erudite, as expected-
A modern Gilgamesh, though not epic or intended to be-
Interesting book, great writer, LOUSY AUDIO QUALITY. Avoid.
I am a big fan of Hitchens, including other audiobooks, lectures and of course his TV appearances. I have never found it difficult to make out his English accent (or many other Englishmen's accents either for that matter.. I am big Monty Python fan for example). But this audiobook is VERY poorly recorded. The bit rate is 64 (TOO LOW, iTunes!!), the audio is not adequately compressed (meaning you have to turn up the volume when Hitchens gets quiet, and quickly turn it back down when he gets load), and worst of all, it sounds like Hitchens is reading his book while sitting in a small janitor's closet with a very cheap microphone. iTunes has an "all sales are final" policy, which means that it is not likely I will see a refund of my twenty bucks, although I am working on it. If you are a Hitchens fan, consider buying this in print, but do not be fleeced by iTunes and the audiobook publisher.
Can't hear? Nonsense!
To those complaining they can't hear the audio-try headphones to block out exterior noise. The only small issue is the muddy accent of Hitchens...well worth the effort and money. Pay no attention to those giving poor ratings for "lousy" audio quality.