The book has its ups and downs, I like Thor, the cows, and Beeblebrox.... But overall this book was a letdown. I felt like the author wanted to see how far he could possibly stretch the improbability theorem.
Douglas Adams had the skill of making you believe things which this author could not replicate.
Skip this book.
You know those people who aren't funny but who make jokes anyway, and it's all embarrassing and awkward for everyone else? This book is like that. I stopped when I figured this out. (For calibration, I thought the "real" books were hilarious).
Eoin Colfer ruined the series with this gum-on-the-bottom-of my-shoe story.
I have been reading Douglas Adams' stories for 10 years now, I have loved the characters in the hitchhikers series and Colfer has come and pulled the story apart using a juvenile plot and childish style of writing. I felt like I was reading a 9 year old trying desperately to write like his Daddy. It was terrible.
Simon Jones was at one time a great voice actor, he was great as Dent in the BBC radio dramatization years ago, but he has lost much of his talent. As a reader of the story he was just alright.
A listener of books.
This Book is bad. Really bad. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly bad it is........ Three hours of mindless blather per five minutes of plot.
And the reading sucked too.
When somebody attempts to continue in the footsteps of a deceased author, there are often challenges to either stay too close to the original, or to take the series to places that don't fit the original spirit. Thankfully Eoin Colfer has found a great mix of old and new premises re-capture the essence of Douglas Adams's classic trilogy (in 5 parts).
While some of the writing style is clearly different, it's not distracting enough to seem out of place. Colfer has his own voice, and his own sense of humor so his take on Hitchhiker is refreshing.
I'm a huge fan of the series, so I look forward to seeing the series continue.
Simon Jones is a great narrator.
It needed to be edited. The story dragged on a bit.
Yes. He is awesome.
I laughed a several parts of the book it is very funny, just a bit too much content.
Had this been edited it would fit much better with the Douglas Adams classics.
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I give this book a full place alongside the other 5 in the set.
At first I was surprised that the book could exist at all (thinking that #5 had been "written into a corner" that it would be impossible for the characters to get out of) but then...well, let's just say my view of the zany Douglas Adams universe has been wonderfully expanded! :-)
Getting Simon Jones to do the narration provided perfect pacing. I don't think it would have worked nearly so well without his narration.
This is one of my perpetual favorites!
Rated PG-13 for mild profanity.
He's dead. Sorry. Now shut up, grab your towel, and listen to Simon Jones read the book.
If you've already read or listened to the first five, and the five radio plays, and possibly the television show, and the movie, and probably the Dirk Gently stuff and even DA's Dr Who stuff and you're still here looking at this book, you should get it.
Maybe you'll think it's a brilliant cap on the series, being the sixth book in the trilogy and being not just published, but written post-mortem, and then read by the guy who's been Arthur Dent for 35 years now.
Maybe you'll think it's a sad, macabre dance, like someone singing you lullaby's while wearing the skin of a dead friend as a mask.
Either way, If you've made it this far, you need to know.
(Oh, and grab Starship Titanic too! This is at least that good, whatever that backhanded recommendation is worth).
There are 2 things that actually disappointed me about this book. The first is a very weak plot line that is constantly being interrupted by Guide information, tangents, and flashbacks. Every time the story gets going again, it is interrupted and what little plot there is is lost. The other aspect of the book that I did not care for at all is the added vulgarity. I do not find vulgarity funny. "The business end of the spaceship", Zaphod's comment about "passing a stool", a reference to an alien "douching", the list goes on. Vulgarity is unnecessary. Douglas Adams did not use it nor did he need it. He had more class than that.
I would not listen to anything by Eoin Colfer again. In fact, I am going to exchange this book for a different one. The other Guides, I am going to keep.
I have not listened to Simon Jones before. I thought he narrated the book very well and did an excellent job with the different voices of the characters.
I was angry about mid-way through this book. It was off to an excellent start. I thought Colfer had captured a future look at the principal characters very well. Once the principal characters were brought together, the story went downhill from there. Colfer spent more time creating guide notes than he did creating a good plot. I had to rewind the book several times because he lost me in all of his notes. If you cut out the notes, tangents and flashbacks, the story itself may only be about an hour. I did not find the book comical as I did the Douglas Adams stories. Colfer should not have been chosen to continue the series.