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By Christopher Hitchens: Hitch-22: A Memoir [Audiobook] Audio CD – January 2, 2010


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Unabridged Audiobook (January 2, 2010)
  • ASIN: B004C32A8G
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John D. Lewis on January 26, 2011
I have almost completed reading the hardback version of this very good book, after giving up on the recording. Same complaints as the the other reviewers. As for the general rule proposed that authors should not record their own books, I can offer Bill Bryson as a notable exception. There are probably others. (I gave this one an extra star because there is some value in hearing the author's own voice, and I did not find it completely unlistenable.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on December 1, 2010
I listen to audio books in my car as I do quite a bit of commuting. Let me say up front that I love listening to Christopher Hitchens. I've seen him on TV many times and even saw him speak in person once. He is a fascinating orator. But he is NOT the right person to record his own audio books. His volume varies too much. One moment he will be rambling along in a low tone and then suddenly step up his volume in the middle of a sentence to emphasize a point. I couldn't understand much of what was being said because of the background noise in my car. If I turn up the volume enough to hear the softer parts, then it is completely jarring when he abruptly increases his volume. I couldn't make it through the first disk; it was a choice between missing 2/3 of the content or being randomly blasted by the speakers. I had the same problem with God Is Not Great.

Mr. Hitchens, do yourself (and your fans) a big favor: Next time hire a professional audio book performer (preferably British) to record your book. Someone who is crisp and has a steady volume of speaking.

I would strongly recommend that consumers check this out at a library instead of purchasing it, particularly if you can't use headphones, have hearing problems, or plan to listen in an environment with background noise.

The content that I was able to understand was interesting and compelling. I wish that I could have finished the audio book. Perhaps I will read it someday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sassan31 on January 14, 2013
An absolutely masterful prose and memoir in which the late and great Christopher Hitchens holds nothing back. He describes his life to the reader and helps the reader gain a glimpse as to what made "Hitch" Hitch! The memoir starts off with the tragic suicide of his mother and touches upon his upbringing including his Trotskyist days. A beautifully written memoir. I highly recommend for everyone to read this wonderful book. I would recommend the audio version of the book in which Hitchens eloquently recites his memoir alongside with the book itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thirdman47 on December 11, 2010
I concur wholeheartedly with the comments by Douglas, above. Hitch's writing is, as usual, incisive and elegant. But this is another example of why CD readings are best left to professional audiobook speakers. Hitch makes a hash of it, his voice descending to a nearly inaudible British mumble before rapidly ascending to a loud clarity. I, too, had to constantly adjust the volume on the car CD player. I thought it might be just the first disk, but when the second was just as bad I ejected the whole thing.

Advice: Wait for the second audiobook edition with another reader.
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