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?
If you liked the movie get this. The narration is not a good as it was with the author reading and the plot differs slightly. The problem with Douglas Adams is that he wrote three different versions of the Hitchiker's Guide. One for radio, one for books, and a third for the cinema. This is based off the third. If you are looking for something that you can enjoy try to find the version narrated by Douglas Adams himself. Then follow up with the remaining 5 parts in his 6 book, 5 part "Trilogy". The next to get, by the way, is "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe". Enjoy.
I read this as a kid and loved it. I found it so funny. Now, all these years later I decided to give it a listen. I couldn't finish it. It wasn't funny. The words are the same. The narrater did a decent job. But I wasn't laughing. It was tedious and boring. I find this so odd. I usually like my humor read out loud but for this book maybe the paper version is best.