I've read the books before and loves them. Stephen Fry does a phenomenal job of helping me relive the story in my head.
An acceptable read if one is either bored or an English speaking Earth alien life form angling for further distraction. Scientific fanaticism is not a requirement for completion of forthcoming material.
This is one of those audio books that I keep on coming back to from time to time, like a plate of comfort food, or a specfic single malt. It has humour and all that, but hidden inbetween all the hilarity are some profound quotes - like the one that ypu do not have to believe that there are fairies living at the bottom of the garden to find it beautiful.
Douglas Adams was a genius, and Stephen Fry brings this to the fore in his reading.
I don't know what that was. But it was brilliant, funny, fantastical. Oh man now I am in deep thought, wait, I just thought of something and it is, 42!
The intersection of Adams' terrific sci-fi storytelling and Fry's top-notch reading makes this a can't-miss book. Even if you've already read the book, Fry's telling is worth the retread.
Short of any one moment that stands out, Adams' imagination is on full display not only in the storyline, but perhaps most notably in the people, places, objects, and historical events detailed within the Ford Prefect's Guide. Zaphod Beeblebrox? Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Refreshingly original stuff (at the time I read this, anyway). And the way Adams undulates between the plot and encyclopedic asides adds both more depth and hilarity to the telling.
Fry brings and indefatigable energy to Adams story, switching between voices with ease and perfectly inflecting every line. Listening to Stephen Fry is a delight.
If I had had the time, I sure would have!
My only letdown was that, in addition to the somewhat weak sense of closure, there wasn't much of a sense of where things might be headed. As much as I enjoyed this, I'm don't feel as compelled as I thought I would--outside of friends' recommendations, at least--to read the next title in the series.
Stephen Fry is a fantastic narrator. His tone was spot on for this narrative. I loved the varied voices he gave the characters. Truly entertaining.