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.
Avid reader. Native Baltimorean. Older male. College-educated.
Yes I would recommend "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" to a friend because it is a hilarious, imaginative and excellently narrated tale.
The Space Odyssee book about Hal the Computer. Hitchhiker reminded me of it with the Deep Thought computer.
His inflection, his slightly English-sounding voice and his spot-on delivery.
Arthur takes a trip in outer space.
Awesomely funny. Perfect.
There is no book to compare with this one.
Stephen Fry reads wonderfully. The performance is smooth, with clear distinctions between dialogue and narration. This guy has been doing great work his whole life, and the narration on Hitchhiker is no exception.
I write horror novels for a living, so when I need a break from grim and gruesome fiction, I can always count on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to tear me away from serial killers, poltergeists, and things that go bump in the night... and plop me right into welcome hilarity.
Wife, Mother, Doula, Childbirth Educator
What a ride!
Trillian is my favorite character. She isn't a shrinking violet of a woman, and that is refreshing.
He gives all the characters recognizable tones and accents, I certainly didn't do that in my head!
I laughed. A lot!
I believe so - I don't think I ever read the print version, but I read part of "Restaurant at the End of the Universe", and I enjoyed listening to "Hitchhiker" more than reading "Restaurant".
It's almost in a class by itself because it is so funny and inventive, yet at the same time almost a satire of Science Fiction. I could compare it to the movie "Galaxy Quest" but that's not a book.
If I ever get a book published and it goes on audio, I will insist on Stephen Fry as narrator. He's the best! His characterization of Jeeves in the TV series of Wodehouse's stories was perfect. Fry WAS Jeeves!
His voices in "Hitchhiker" were all fantastic. I listened to an audio version years ago narrated by the author, and I was a little hesitant when I discovered Adams was not narrating the Audible.com version, but I soon forgot all about that.
Stephen Fry is a master.
I have no idea. Maybe: "DON'T PANIC!"
This story is so creative, and the characters so well done, without ever getting serious, that it is a model for humorous writing of any genre.
I can't think of a better narrator for this story than Stephen Fry. He gives an absolutely brilliant performance from start to finish and pulls off the acerbic deadpan wit of author Douglas Adams flawlessly.
Yes, Stephen Fry's performance really brings the characters to life and his smooth voice while narrating makes it a pleasure to listen to this audiobook.
So long and thanks for all the fish, had me laughing out loud.