The books maniacal tangents are not unlike a Monty Python movie.
Stephen Fry has a pleasant voice and did a fair job at separating the charters. However, the tone of his voice mixed with the boring context of the book put me to sleep at least a dozen times.
I had already seen the movie and as a writer I have heard (and used) the Douglas Adams quote — "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." So it only made sense to read (or in this case, listen) to the original book. However this is one of those rare occasions where the movie was much better than the book. With the movie we were at least given the benefit of visual stimulation to go along with the nonsense. Subsequently, the book droned on with silliness that was meant to be funny on the basses of it absurdity but, for me, just fell flat. It also reads much like a children's book. All in all, I really hated this book on every level and strongly encourage you to skip it.
I AM LOVING IT! The quirkiness of the story is one of a kind.. I find myself laughing out loud a lot and I'm only barely halfway thru!
That I have not seen the movie before reading or listening to this book and I am so glad.
There is NO WAY I would have been able to read this for myself. There are so many silly words, names, and places that is complete gibberish! If I was trying to read it myself, I might not have gotten this far. Stephen Fry does an excellent job. He makes it fun to listen to.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
Yes, I actually recommended it to my book club! The book was hilarious, Douglas Adams is pure genius.
I liked that Adams was able to create a wide range of galactic creatures that all had their own personalities; Each one sillier than the one before.
I really liked him as marvin. A depressed robot is funnier than it sounds.
I could have, but due to work and school I did not.
Honestly, don't bother reading this book. I mean it. Instead, just give yourself up to the wonderfully, staggeringly talented Stephen Fry and listen to it. My kids and I (boys are 14 and 12 and my daughter is 9 and I won't mention how old I am...) listened to this in the car on a long road trip and the miles just slipped by. It is a delightful romp through the fantastic and the ridiculous and the downright hilarious and not even my imagination, which is saying a lot, could have given it more life and colour than Stephen Fry's narration. I bet even Marvin the robot would have enjoyed it, although I imagine he'd never admit as much....
Absurd, sci-fi, Monty-Python-esque
Most interesting - The creative exciting universe that was created, Least interesting - long-winded, off-topic trains of thought
The whale...the sad sad whale story
uh, noooooo, not that kind of a story.
I think i would have appreciated this story more when I was in high school, that's when everyone I knew read it. I think as a jaded, bitter adult, I missed the whimsy of this book. STILL very funny at parts, and a quick read.
The one book I would've loved isn't recorded: "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire..." by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.
There is no doubt that Stephen Fry has entered our universe in order to narrate. I'm so glad he's chosen the works of Douglas Adams as part of his destiny. He gives good voice.
Every chapter is memorable.
Yes, I've been following Stephen Fry for a long time.
No. No. No. I like spreading a good listen out.
I had read this years ago — and I even have an autographed copy from the much-missed Douglas Adams. When I saw that Stephen Fry had done the narration, I decided to fly away once more on the brilliance and humor of Douglas Adams.
I'm a pragmatist & avid reader. I work full time+ so audiobooks = time to read. I'm an amateur author. I appreciate the art of writing.
Where I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book if I sat down and read it, the narration of this text really made it hit home. My ten year old would never have been able to follow and appreciate the story if she had sat down and read it herself, but listening to it with me (minus the few translations of British terms I had to make for her :) ) in the car she was able to follow 100% the story and even the jokes that would usually be well lost on her, simply because of the fabulous, riveting, and hilarious narration
Everyone pulls some basic phrases out of this book that are referenced to fellow readers like "the answer to the universe" etc. But the phrase the my step-daughter and I walked away with beyond all else came from the beginning in two simple words "Yellow... Bulldozer". Absolutely hilarious humor that would have been nearly lost without such a great performance.
Beautiful, dry, British humor in it's most classic and elegant sense.
Absolutely! Unfortunately I work full time so I think it took me a whole three days to finish it. The first time. I've since listened to it again, that second listen only taking two days instead of three.
A great read for sci-fi fans everywhere! If you've got a little nerd in you, you will love this book.
You get lost in the audio edition and feel you are apart of the story. Just amazing all around. I don't know how I just found out about this book but I highly recommend it!
A computer nerd who loves sci-fi and fantasy novels.
Humorous, Intelligent, 42
Ford Prefect is a driving character in the story and his outlook/demeanor is hilarious.
Stephen Fry did an exceptional job with Zaphod Beeblebrox
simply put, the most outlandish situations one can imagine given within context of the most weird story I have ever read, the characters were what made me interested and the setting made me stay, what a trip!
the similitude about how everything just comes into touch with normal everyday life but just weird enough to believe it is actually not from this planet.
his acting is incredible, loved his interpretation of the characters, and his way of giving life to all things inside the book one could just wait for the punch line to roll out of his lips waiting to fall on your back laughing.
yes, laughter, so much laughter, the situations, the characters, it all just comes into laughter.
If only the narration for the next book was as good as this one perhaps I could have enjoyed it more.
also, the ending falls flat of everything else that happened... I can only imagine the series to be just as good, but after reading book 2, I think he should have just ended the series here and now