I was a Douglas Adams fan & shared his genius with my children many years ago. Both the revisiting of the story & Steven Fry's narration are priceless! I will definitely purchase more!
Stephen Fry does an exceptional rendition of this comedic classic. Having listened to several different formats of this book; the original radio broadcast, a science fiction theatre version, several multi cast versions and sole reader versions (including Adams) , this reading is among the top 5. (This happens to be my favorite book. I've listened to it a lot.)
The earth is destroyed and we, the readers, are taken in an inter-galactic roller-coaster ride of comedy and made-up astrophysics. There aren't many books that are conducive to being completely devoured as an audio book but this is a great example-- not surprisingly as this story used to be a radio show. Stephen Fry did a great job voicing the odd characters in this absurd story, especially Marvin, the depressed robot. The text itself is easy to follow without taxing one's concentration skills, except perhaps for the strange alien names like Zaphod Beeblebrox, Slartibartfast and others. Douglas Adams let his imagination run/tumble/somersault wild in the boundless universe and spacetime, and it doesn't care where it lands.
I fell in love with HHGTTG years ago and have listened to this version many times. I love the quotes ie "...the best bang since the big one..." or "There was a terrible ghastly silence. There was a terrible ghastly noise. There was a terrible ghastly silence."
The author goes to great lengths to put random ideas and thoughts into the story. If you want to spend 5 hours listening to a story written by a guy that threw darts at a board in order to determine where the story goes next, this is your book.
I hadn't read or listened to Hitchhiker's Guide in years, probably 15 or so, and I was afraid it would be too dated or that I had outgrown it. Wrong on both counts. Still wickedly funny.
And Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator.
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
Just click "BUY" and say thank you later. You probably have already read it before, so I don't need to tell you anything about the book as from a review perspective. And if you're looking for a review of the "plot" ... good luck. It's a fun "trilogy" to get into, and the first book is narrated by Stephen Fry! Just do it now.