Well, what can I say. The book was better than the movie, that's about all...
This is a story that you can't take too seriously. It's a fun, futuristic romp with interesting characters and humor that is subtle and not so subtle at times. Issues regarding human nature, politics and the meaning of life are all pondered in this book. The story will make you think, laugh and have you searching for the next installment in the series.
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!!!!!!