The story was light-hearted and often silly, leaving me giggling from time to time. The performance was probably the high point for me, though. Stephen Fry did a phenomenal job portraying the different characters!
Really well performed. This is a very enjoyable listen. I had this book on my listen list for a long time, and I'm glad I got around to it.
Zaphod Beeblebrox. He is outrageous and intriguing.
Arthur, I like his inflections for this character.
Although its a shorter listen, I think it is well worth a credit. Enjoy!
The performance by the narrator was the best. Listening to the book was even better than reading it and it's an excellent book. I was disappointed when it ended. I can't wait to listen to Restaurant at the end of the universe.
I read this book many years ago and it was a great surprise to find it on audible. The narration was better then I could of imagtioned.
Yes. The characters are fun to follow along with As they venture through the galaxy.
Everything comes back together, and many of the jokes and story lines are classic.
Stephen Fry is one of the best audio book narrators out there. This, along with his Harry Potter performances are outstanding.
I don't typically listen to audio books in one sitting, but I could have with this one. It was fairly short and entertaining.
I knew Stephen Fry from his stand-up work, and the shows "Jeeves and Wooster" and "A Bit of Fry and Laurie." Even so, I was a bit skeptical regarding Hitchhiker. After all, how could a single narrator top the original radio show, with multiple voice actors and sound effects? Well, I can't quite say he tops it, but he does a great job and this version may be somewhat more accessible for casual fans. A note: this is not the movie. This is the book. The movie was a waste of our time, and if you have seen that without reading the book, listening to the radio show, or watching the BBC miniseries, you have a poor view of what Hitchhiker is really like. Unpredictable, clever, and spontaneous, this is British humor at its best.
In the top 5.
Marvin. I don't feel so bad about my life when I read / hear him speak about everyday issues.
A dry English wit and the ability to vary his voice for the different characters without being goofy.
Stephen Fry brought this old favorite book to life with his usual brilliant oratory style. I particularly enjoyed his portrayal of the voice of Marvin the paranoid android!
Im usually a big fan of quirky humor. I like for the narrative of a book or a movie to side track every so often to break up the rhythm. So the first hour or so into this book I was amused. That changed over the course of the next hour as the micro stories of the mad universe dominated overall story arc.
For those who haven't read it, the story follows Arthur and his alien friend Ford as they flee earth. Wackiness then ensues as they meet various other aliens and get into nutty adventures. Side information about the other beings or places they interact with are explained by the titular hitchhikers guide that Ford has with him.
My favorite stories are the ones where people and events are changed as a result of the activities from the story. Sometimes the hero becomes stronger after being tested, or the villain gains redemption, or maybe the reader learns a valuable lesson, etc.
This is one of those other kinds of stories. Where there isn't a lot of activity per se. There is information being exchanged and there is dialogue, but there isn't a lot of people actually doing things. Instead they talk about things have already happened. Now I enjoy these other kinds of stories too. But only when the lesser tales are entertaining enough to make the trip worth my time. I didn't feel like that was the case with this book. The lesser tales and jokes of the universe only detracted from the main point of the story and after a while that kind of humor got old.
I think I might have enjoyed this book more when I was in my pre-teens.
The narrator did an OK job, but I dont think he had much to work with.
The author really gets into the characters. Fry does an excellent job narrating. The story is a classic and I just came back to it. Loved it.
I would have loved to, but unfortunately I can only seem to listen to audio books while I am driving. If I am at home, it has to be a real book. Helps pass the time on my morning commute though!
This book is just plain good English humor. It takes a remarkable mind to be as random yet insightful as Douglas Adams. Stephen Fry's performance is stellar, and makes listening to a great story even better.