Wacky Crazy Fun
From the books I have read in the past, the Hitchhiker trilogy in 5 parts stands out in a class by them selves.
Martin Freeman’s other narrated books that i have heard were all in the same series and this compares favorably.
I just started reading The Hitchhiker's books and I love them, Douglas Adams is a visionary and I would recommend these books to everyone. The voice work is very well done, Martin Freeman has many different voices that make things more fun and less confusing. Overall a great audiobook.
This book is definitely one of my favorites. I was already familiar with Douglas Adams' works but the narrator brought the story to life with his own characterizations and use of tone dynamics.
I have always enjoyed the intelligence of British humorous but Douglas Adams also incorporates possible reality scenarios and history into the story.
He individualizes each character in a way that well suited the character. Telling a story can sometimes bring it to life better than reading it for yourself.
I love Douglas Adams' stories. I hated Martin Freeman's reading.
The Hitchhikers Guide was a much better listen.
Stephen Fry did a much better job voicing the charaters in Hitchhiker Guide to the Universe.
Invest my penny and make reservations.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
Douglas Adams was a brilliant writer. Less well known is that he was a talented actor and in this version of my favorite book of this series, he reads it the way it was meant to be read. You can't get this version in any other format any longer, so if you are a fan of Douglas Adams, this is a MUST HAVE audiobook! Do not miss it! And take a towel with you.
Regarding the complaints other listeners have brought up about the narration, it is my viewpoint that Martin Freeman's narration, while different than that of Stephen Fry's, is not particularly worse. I much preferred Fry's voice for Zaphod, but within a couple of hours I was past this minor impediment to my listening enjoyment.
To me, the book lacked much of the humor it's predecessor possessed in abundance, instead it places much more focus upon advancing the plot. That is to say it has less humorous moments, as opposed to the quality of the humor having diminished. Having said that, the conclusion of the book definitely makes "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" a worthwhile read for all those who enjoyed it's predecessor.
It's really painful to hear the screams of a good book murdered by a terrible narrator but that's what you are in for with this version. Did anyone bother to listen to this before releasing it? Shaae!
I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.
This time Arthur Dent, Ford, Trill, and Zaephod, just couldn't seem to hold my attention. I found myself listening and like a half hour later having to rewind because the story just wasn't sinking in. I will give the series another chance, but I don't think it will be right now unfortunately.