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.
When I listen to audio books, I tend to get easily distracted because of traffic and such. And with most books I can easily get back into the story without missing much. This book was not an easy listen. I have no idea what was going on. There were some pretty funny parts, but by the end I was just so confused.
I may just pick up the book and read it. Maybe I will understand it a little better.
This book was always on my list to read 'someday', but the movie spurred me into getting it this time. My Next Listen list now includes the rest in the series. It's uncanny some of the things that have come about (PDA, virtual reality) and some of the others that have not, yet.
All you can say about Hitchhiker's books is WOW. plus it is a real thril to D. A read them him self. It is just the kind of thing he would love. Reading his books to you after he is dead. just great!!!!!!
It's not your fault you didn't like this book or like this movie. This is part of the way the world works in that everything is based on a variety of personalities, and those personalities are created based on your childhood, which of course is almost completely random, in the fact that you don't choose your parents, and you grow up in an environment that is completely unknown....yet eventually you gain some intelligence and you find out about stuff, so then because you become a little more aware and responsible for your own thoughts, thus you come to realize the truth of some movies that you didn't understand before. the question is, why. the answer might be inbedded in your sense of humor. at least is the case for the current movie we are discussing of which if you feel annoyed by this review then your sense of humor is probably based on your patience which is more than likely low because you were not given time as a child to develope a sense of humor. A sense of humor comes from being able to stand back and judge any given incident with a sense of confidence, having been in this situation before and at this point can now laugh at it. Even if you have not been in this situation before, you can pretend, or try to imagine yourself in that situation, and pretend to laugh at it. If you find that you cannot laugh at the situation and you finally have become so bored and frustrated that you are so tired of reading the document that tells how to have a sense of humor, then you might be better to buy an audio book, where you just have to close your eyes and listen. Let your mind do the walking.
if you can like this, you'll like this book.
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
I read this book as a hiatus to my serious fictional reading. It was a good break. The characters and the story are very creative, no doubt, but it's not that comically funny or maybe it's me. It's definitely great for kids/teens to build their creative/imaginative minds.