Not far into the book, I literally laughed out lout wearing my headphones in public and then had to nervously apologize. I embarrassed myself over a very brief description of the wind that I'm pretty sure I would've overlooked in written text yet the line was expertly delivered by Martin Freeman and it made Adam's comedy come alive to me.
There so many absurd elements driving this story, it takes you by surprise when everything seems to come together towards the end. This one picks up where Restaurant at the End of the Universe leaves off. Although there is a brief recap, you should probably make sure you've read that one first as it leaves the characters separated from each other and doesn't have much of a wrap-up.
Highly recommend this book, I didn't want to give any book a perfect score but I couldn't help it.
You will have to listen to the hal story, but after all the books you get a perfect picture of Duglas Adams world for Arthur, Ford, Trisha and Zhafod. And the story is lovely ans should be read ore listend to.
Book1 Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxies, book 2, restaurant at the end of the world, book 4 So long and thanks for all the fish and book 5 Mostly harmless. The books are all collected.
Well I love his voice, but his impression of Zahfod is a bit erm.. lets just say disappointing.
If I could have the time I would love to listen to in one setting.
As a free thinking person this book series is lovely.
Wife, Mother, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Medical Student
I listened to this book in my car on the way to do errands or to classes. It made the long drive from home a lot more bearable.
I love all of Douglas Adams' books, and this one kept the story going without being tedious like some sequels are.
I loved when Trillian hugged the Cricketer.
Very well done
I like the variety of characters the best.
My favorite scene is where Arthur Dent finally learns to fly.
I was particularly moved in the scene where Marvin, the manic depressive robot has an in depth discussion with a mattress in a swamp.
Martin Freeman does a brilliant job in performing the many different voices for the many different personalities of the very diverse characters and amazingly brings them to life as the reader listens.
It was a good follow up to hitchhikers guide
Hitchikers guide to the galaxy
The five stars could have been for the narration alone. Overall a great story not the best one in the series but well worth a read/listen.
Hitchhiker is just plain fun. I loved the series when i was young. I read it in college, and again in Med school, and again when i started reading for pleasure again, and now I am going to listen to them all.
I cannot wait. I just wish Douglas was alive for more, but I am about to read Coffer's installment (or try) for a 6th book in the series.
Sara R Clifton
I could listen to Martin Freeman read this 100 times and never get tired of it!
Marvin is my favorite character because he is just so pathetic. I also like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy if you can consider it a character, which I do.
Everything. The various voices, the sarcastic tone. He truly brings the books to life and I think Douglas Adams would love his narration.
Douglas Adams always makes me laugh. For absurdity if nothing else.
It's a great book with a fantastic narration. Everyone should get it.
Martin Freeman simply does not match up to Douglas Adam's original performance. I grew up listening to these books on tape (yes, back when it was a cassette) and I bought this digital copy thinking it was the classic rendition.
Freeman is mostly over the top and simply does not have the comedic timing necessary to pull off this narration. If they really insist on rerecording it, I would have greatly preferred Stephen Fry, but for my money Douglas Adams is darn near impossible to beat.
Don't get me wrong, I love this book...but if you can track down the old recordings, it will be well worth the effort (no, I'm not talking about the radio program...though while you are at it, feel free to track those down too!)
Every book in the Hitchhiker's series is a delight, and all go at least a bit beyond. This is the one that has really stuck with me. The parable of the people of Krikkit has real depth: I find myself coming back to it constantly as something that helps me understand why good people do bad things.
And, did I mention, it's a blast, just pure fun. Freeman is great as always.