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on 18 April 2011
I've enjoyed Hitch's writing and his debating skills for a few year. He's a massive intellect and a dangerous wit. However, I didn't particularly enjoy the book God Is Not Great (that is not to say that I did not enjoy it at all), not because he doesn't make his point well but rather that it rambles a bit and he latches on to a few notions and repeats them more often that is necessary. Nevertheless, as a fan, and one who enjoys audio versions of books in the car, I thought I'd give this audio version of God Is Not Great a go. Well, if you listen carefully, the audio version of the book has none of the occasional tedium of the book. Sadly, you do have to listen carefully because more often than is forgivable, on this audio book, Hitchens tends to mumble a bit, something he's virtually incapable of in debate or during a live interview when his fearsome intellect is at its most entertaining and captivating. The conclusion is that Hitch is not cut out for reciting even his own prose and is far, far better toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball with another intellect when he has real-time access to the full armoury of his wit and debating skills.
So, this only gets three stars and although I swithered about four I need to hold back on my appreciation of Hitch and base the score on the content of the book and the rather mumbley diction. All in all, I think it might be that as a fan of Hitch, my expectations of both the book and the audio book were rather high and consequently the disappointment goes from slight to the nostril-curling.