It's amusing for awhile and then it gets kind of pointless. You can't but see that it is a clever book but the level of absurdity you have to be deluged with takes tolerance. The narrator is quite good.
Okay, it was funny at times, but it feels quite dated to me. I'm glad I finally read it, but some part of me wonders what all the fuss was about.
Good, but I can't describe it as great.
Well, what can I say. The book was better than the movie, that's about all...
This is a story that you can't take too seriously. It's a fun, futuristic romp with interesting characters and humor that is subtle and not so subtle at times. Issues regarding human nature, politics and the meaning of life are all pondered in this book. The story will make you think, laugh and have you searching for the next installment in the series.
For a reader willing to read with an open mind, this is your book. One of the most random and impulsive books which makes the reader wonder what exactly is in their hands, it all forms with one big-banged conclusion. Similar to the Harry Potter series in the way it expands one?s imagination, I recommend this for all ages.
Yes, this is British humor at its driest. It is not for everyone, but if you are keen on Monty Python, Evelyn Waugh or P. G. Wodehouse, this is definitely for you.
Also, BTW, the text is copyright 1980, so this IS the original item (copyright renewed) and not a novelization of the movie (which is a must-see on its own).
Having read this book 21 years ago - I raised my children on it (now 14 & 17). I started when they were in the crib.
Both boys love it so much they have done at least 5 book reviews on it (each), finding more & more they can understand & enjoy each time. I absolutely still love it as a grown married woman.
The movie, while funny, could not come close to the humor of the book. Since we knew the inside stories we were laughing before the movie briefly showed the punch line. A lot was lost in the movie.
If you like this one, try all the rest of his part to the trilogy - as Douglas Adams said to a reporter "who says there can only be 3 books in a trilogy".
After hearing the sample, I immediatly knew this was the full unabridged version I know & love - the British accent & voice is a wonderful authentic addition (it does take place near London).
It's NOT British dry humor - it's a universally understood you have to laugh type story.