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).
I truck, therefore I Audible.
I was about half way through before I realized this was not Douglas Adams, so zarking good was the penmanship of this continued masterpiece of comedic fiction, or nonfiction, depending upon the extent of the universe's plurality. The other installments were read by none other than Bilbo Bagins himself, yet even Bilbo must take a back seat to Simon Jones.
After Douglas Adams passed Eoin Colfer was tapped to write a 6th installment of the series Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy considering Douglas Adams himself was unhappy with the fifth entry, it's a admirable attempt to capture the essence of of the series and while not Adams particular wit, I would definitely recommend this to those as great finale to the series.
For any fan of THGTTG, it is no surprise that Douglas Adams is irreplaceable. I did not have high hopes for this posthumous follow up to the series, but I could not resist joining another adventure with Arthur, Forde, Zaphod, and the rest.
By the halfway point in the book I was ready to be done, but the book slogs on and on passing several decent stopping points. Finally it ends, abruptly, as if the author ran out of money and typed "the end".
The ending, half dozing as I was, left me with a hopeful sense of a new beginning in my own life. Brilliant.
The beginning, meeting Arthur, Trillion, and Ford in their middle age reminded how young we were at the first reading of The first book of Douglass Adams trilogy.
It was the fiddly bits around the middle that gave me trouble, or maybe it was the organic butter spread I had on my toast at lunch. In either event, Zaephod had either mellowed with age, or had lost his Beebelbroxian arrogance with the externalization of one of his formerly bi-cranial heads. But perhaps I give too much away.
As the fourth book of the original trilogy lost some of the first threes poignancy, so this, in the middle spaces, seems to lose the point.
But maybe that is the point, and why we love Adams creations, even when told through the eyes of an avid devote.
We've listened to the original BBC broadcasts of the trilogy enumerable times in the past 30 years. I think we'll do so again, shortly.
This book was slow and not as funny as the others. I believe this series should have ended a few books ago. I continued to get these books because I liked the characters and was curious how it would end. The series would have been better if it ended a few books ago.
Continuing "The Expanse" series
no it didn't
Eoin Colfer does an excellent job at continuing the story the Douglas Adams so morbidly closed. From the long digressions to the improbable being certainly possible, Colfer captures the very essence of Adams' writing style.
This book was entertaining but having listened to the previous books being performed by Martin Freeman it was hard to get into some of those character's voices. Zaphod and the guide bird's voices seamed flat and uninteresting