Well, I'm very focused on certain books. You have all the Asimov books I want, but by some unbelievable oversight, no Robots and Empire!
The material, that is to say, the brightly cynical magic of, at least, the first three books in the Hitchhiker series, is priceless and peerless, in my obviously weighted opinion. I would personally add the fourth book as well, whether others agree or not, and except the fifth book as a painful mistake, having been forced upon Adams, and then upon his readers.
The performance would seem better if it didn't follow Steven Fry in such an awkward way. At the risk of dating myself, it feels a bit like Leno after Carson, which is not to say that Leno isn't good, but he just doesn't quite get there. The use of special effects on some of the voices during Freeman's reading begins to make up for Fry not singing Eddie's part, but again, not quite.
The combination of the story and the uneven switch in readers makes it hard for me to give a proper overall mark since there are no tenths of a star; I'd have to say about 4.2 out of 5.
Some books just become your best friend. I have a few best friends and I continue to read them over and over again.
This series is in my top favorite and will always pick it up if I am in need for some entertainment. The second book in particular is wonderfully written and I feel it is as good as the first. Martin Freeman narrates the second book and found him to be very good and entertaining. Although Zaphoid has this really annoying accent I was still able to enjoy the characters. Of course I would recommend this to everyone!
Oh, questions? Ranks are hard, I would rank this similarly to perfectly toasted artisan bread with salted butter vs. your run of the mill toast. It might not be the best or fanciest food you ever had, but it'll make you happier than just about anything.
I'm not really sure. It shouldn't be lumped in with most sci-fi. This is snarky social commentary.
There's some suspense here, but only a few moments of edge your seat suspense.
I didn't like this book because I felt like it had too much useless fluff and didn't answer any of my questions from the first book. I loved the first book, but don't know if I will continue on with the series if they're like this one. Also, the narration is not as good as Stephen Fry.
I love how all of the reviews I've seen refer to Martin Freeman simply as "the narrator." In case you were tragically unaware, he played Arthur Dent in HHGTTG the movie... Which is why they chose him to narrate. Stephen Fry narrated parts of the movie. Granted, I do prefer Stephen Fry to Martin Freeman, but it's not like he's just some guy out of left field either. Maybe if more people realized he was in the movie, they would've given him more of a break.
Martin Freeman as a narrator is brilliant! I was rolling with laughing most of the time, not only because of the sardonic comedy of Adams' work, but also because of the narrator's comedic delivery. LOVED IT! :)
I am a huge Martin Freeman fan but this was the first audiobook I'd heard him narrate. LOVE!!!!!
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Why you could not get Fry to voice this I will never understand. Freeman was okay but his voicing of Zaphod as a stereotype obnoxious NYC style voice made this completely impossible to listen to.
When my ears bled from the terrible voicing for Zaphod
With terrible voicing of Zaphod
No. Movies of good narrative sci-fi tend to suck like the vacuum of space.
Sorry... too distracted by my bleeding ears to be able to type right now.
Absolutely not. This guy TALKS TOO LOUDLY and has some sort of Bronx / New Jersey type accent which is absolutely wrong for Hitchhiker's Guide narration. Yes, we were spoiled by Stephen Fry's narration of H2G2, but even discounting that, the entire narration just sets my teeth on edge. Conversations were not meant to be shouted. British characters were not meant to sound like they failed an audition for the Sopranos. It's just WRONG.
Yes if I was listening to a gangster / Northeast-based story.... maybe... We often listen at bedtime, and this guy's "conversations" are way over the top dramatically loud. I suppose if I was listening on a solo road trip, I could maybe tolerate it.
Not this version, no.
I will be seeking a Stephen Fry (or any other narrator) version. Should have tried the sample before purchasing, but I figured.... how could we go wrong with Douglas Adams.
I listened to Hitchhikers Guide read by Stephen Fry and I was hooked. I never read these books before and thought, "WOW, I was to hear all these!" That's until I started listening to this one. Martin Freeman sounds like Marvin the robot, dull and like a lot of listeners are saying, Zaphod's voice is reeeeaaly annoying. I seriously cannot concentrate on it when I'm listening in my car. Mr. Freeman attempts different voices for different characters but he starts to slip into a normal voice or someone elses which is distracting too. I didn't totally drop the bomb on this audio book because it has some ok reading, but overall....meh, not sure if I'll get the next one.
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If they read it, yes. If they want to listen to it, no.
Stephen Fry. He read The Hitchhiker's Guide brilliantly and, short of the fact, Martin was cast as Arthur in the movie, I don't have any idea why the whole series wasn't given to Fry. He narrated the movie too. I like Martin's acting, but I couldn't get past the character voices. Arthur was spot on - can't imagine why!