There are really so may layers to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that I never get bored, I pick up on another little nuance to the story each and every every time. It was during my last listen that I kept thinking that the author had a modern-day insight into the inner-workings of today's government. When I was younger I vividly remember the take-over of whole neighborhood for the expansion of a shopping mall. I never could understand the reasoning behind forcing these people to move - especially when some had lived there for 25-plus years and didn't want to move away from what they'd known all their life. It made me realize just how powerful and inhuman government could be. When Arthur Dent laid down in protest to his home's destruction, I was cheering wildly for him; then laughing away as Ford got the agent to fill in for Arthur on the ground so they could go have a few beers. What a great start!!!
The story isn't serious by any means but, there's so many more layers to it if you want to want to dig a little deeper. At the very least this story is a roller coaster ride of a tale through the unexpected. The author brings us along on the adventure all the while poking a little fun at everyone and everything. He has a way of twisting things into this totally unique and wacky, Alice in Wonderland viewpoint. It's a crazy off-beat ride that's just plain 'ol fun!!!
This is a classic book - if you haven't read it then the next best thing is listening to Stephen Fry reading it. Go on! You will not regret it!
The pub scene in the beginning.
A Masterpiece of Science fiction. An imagination that comes along once in a generation and should be required reading in schools.
I first read this book in 1984 and haven’t been able to wear a digital watch since.
I only with someone would release the original audiobooks Read by Adams himself. Wonderful, Stephen Fry will do as a second choice.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
This is a book that I would spend a credit on every single month if I had to! This book is fantastic! I have listened to it more than 50 times. I have listened to it with friends, parents, grandparents, and small children, and they've all loved it as much as I have!
Please, please listen to this book. It is simply fantastic and you couldn't imagine a more flawless narration than the one Stephen Fry gives.
I am not sure if Audible allows direct messaging, but if it does, and you need further convincing about this book please simply message me! It would be a shame for ANYONE to not listen to this book.
Please do not be fooled by the movie poster, THIS is an audio reading of the Original Book, and is read by Stephen Fry.
The book is hilarious, and Fry's reading is terrific.
He has a moderately low voice, but he changes his vocal tone, speed, inflection, etc. for each Character as they appear in the story, and thus brings the story to life with ease.
My personal favorite is how Fry infuses Marvin (the robot) with 'just' the right amount of depressed and sarcastic condescension, exactly as described.
I've loved the book for years, and now I love this audio version as well.
It is the ONLY Audio Book I keep on my Kindle Fire.
Yes, perfect for in the car.
It's a classic whimsical sci-fi book. It certainly does not take itself seriously, which makes for a really funny quirky story.
Nope, but I will be now.
Yes and No, I was enjoying so much, I didn't want it to be over all at once.
I'm probably not the best judge of the story, since I read the book 15 years ago and loved it. Though, I would have never read it if Stephen Fry voiced it back then.
I've enjoyed many audiobooks, and while this is not my favorite of ALL TIME, it's certainly up there - mostly because of the ever lovely, ever radiant Stephen Fry. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is not my favorite of the Hitchiker's Series, but I would gladly listen to Vogon Poetry if it was read so wonderfully.
You know, I never realized how much of a soft spot I had for Ford Prefect until now - It has a lot to do with his unappreciated nature.
Yes. I have enjoyed Stephen Fry on ALL occasions I have listened to them.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
Ah, the classic story in which the Earth is destroyed to make way for an obsolete hyperspace express route. This is an excellent story (and introduction to the driest of the dry British humor if you're unfamiliar with it) and excellently produced. Stephen Fry does a fantastic job (he was the voice of the guide in the movie) and captures Douglas Adams' dry sardonic wit beautifully.
If you're unfamiliar with the story, it follows the post-Earth life of a certain Arthur Dent as he tries to adjust to life in a much larger galaxy than he ever anticipated. It is dark; it is funny; and it is well worth the short listen.
How can you go wrong with THHGTTG? It's perfect. It's therapy. I listen to it whenever I'm bored and don't feel like listening to anything new. It's a warm comfy towel that you can nuzzle with. Perfect.