I guess this was revolutionary for it's time, the amount of references in later sci-fi back to this book is pretty amazing and pretty much worth the read just for them. The Humour is a bit flat, or maybe just too old?!
Stepen Fry is off course, as always, wonderful!
I have listened to hundreds of Audio Books, and Stephen Fry is the most talented reader I have encountered. The book, of course, is a classic. Fry's narration makes this a most enjoyable listen.
Stephen Fry's narration is perfect. Add this to Adam's imaginative humor and plot, and you have a combination that's sure to delight Hitchhikers new and old.
I knew the box had an amazing opening but I was concerned that it might become the joke that was told a few too many times. It never did. I was engaged until the very end -- wondering which of the other Guides to listen to next.
But make sure you bring an open and creative mind. Everything seems believable but nothing seems plausible.
Being a self-professed geek, I'm not sure what took me so long to get around this classic sci-fi adventure. I LOVED this story! Douglas Adams is a genious who concocts a brilliantly goofy scifi tale.
The story is about two men, the first an alien who travels through the universe to write articles for the Hitchhiker's Guide and the second an earthling who gets whisked away on this journey. The fun is seeing how these very different personalities deal with seemingly random, coincidental scenarios.
Douglas Adam weaves a tale of silly events, connecting together unlikely things to bring to the reader a very fanciful and enjoyable story. I'm looking forward to the second book!
This book has been the best modern British humor on the market for a quarter of a century and continues to be a measuring stick for many comedy writers.
The only disappointment is that the audiobook was re-released at the time of the movie premiere with Stephen Fry taking the place of the late author, who happened to be his dear friend.
Although I think Mr. Fry does an admirable job, the sound of Douglas Adams reading his own unique story in his unique manner is irreplacable.
On just one more note, this book is very clever and pretty chaotic. It's best to bring your brain along with you on this journey.....something the 2 reviewers above obviously didn't do.
Mr. Bean.....Are you kidding me?