It just lacked ongoing appeal for me and I wasn't in a tremendous hurry to resume the story following interruptions.
The ending was just OK. It didn't leave me wanting more, but was fine for the story as written.
The voices, tone, and inflection were great.
No, not really.
I loved many of the transient characters, but just never fell in love with the protagonist.
this is very much a pre-Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novel. it has much in the way of the odd ball events and satiric jabs at society etc. that pop up in Adam's work. while i found it very much like HGG and enjoyed it, i did find myself wishing for a little more of the manic Adams movement and wordplay etc. Hodgman is passable as a narrator but could have read with a little more gusto. still all in all good and i do like the ending but a couple scenarios perhaps go on a bit too long. can't give it more stars simply because it is done better by Adams.
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The story was a very enjoyable listen. The preposterous circumstances faced by the main character entertain and bemuse. The narration was done very well it will be an enjoyable read for any lover of unusual circumstances that lead the reader astray.
This book was compared to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by many people who recommended it. I found that this was over selling the story. The laughable absurd circumstances that occur in the Hitchhikers Guide were, I found, sorely lacking in this book. The story however is an enjoyable read. I would suggest this book. If you are a lover of the hitchhikers guide do not be surprised if the story lacks the laugh out loud humor of the Douglas Adams.
It was fun to try to figure out where he would end up next and wondering what different places would be.
I liked the prize the best because of the variations and dialogue it provided.
I think the same as most books that are read out loud. I could spend my time enjoying the book instead of wondering about pronunciations.
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This is maybe the best audiobook I've come across. The narration is so, so perfect.
This grumpier, pre-dated version of Hitchhiker's Guide is pretty excellent. I liked it much more, frankly.
John Hodgman is a king among whatever sub-surface dwelling species he comes from. Oh man.
The concept is pretty great. Nothing is magical to the creature that is responsible for whatever the thing is you think is so magical. It's just their nature, or job. Even great creators deal with bureaucracy.
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I was surprised that this was written before the guide to the Galaxy series. If you liked that series you will like its original inspiration.
I've liked Robert Sheckley's humor and invention. I've enjoyed John Hodgman's intelligence and wit. They are a great complementary team. If you enjoy a recording that sounds like it was made on a recycled 49 cent tape cassette: blips, hiss, flutter and wow that kill all the enjoyment of the story; then you'll enjoy this. I've listened with many devices and headphones, and in each case I've had to give up after a few hours. I don't know who decided on the compression settings, but the result is thin, flat, disappointing. Can bandwidth really be so dear that shaving the file size below tolerable fidelity is an economic necessity, or is it simple contempt?
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
Although written beforehand, this book's humor reflects in many ways the prose in "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but in a somewhat more mature manner.
The narration performance by John Hodgman on this fish-out-of-water story is second to none, creating the audio equivalent of a page-turner.
Highly recommend for anyone who enjoyed those old 1950's sci-fi radio shows such as "X-Minus One" and/or "Dimension X".
9.8 / 10
First of all the brilliant imaginative story and second John Hodgman's great narration.
It's wittiness, bizarreness and brilliance.
The way he narrated the varied characters that Tom Carmody meets on his travels. It always felt authentic.
It is called the precursor to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and even though the story is very different they share the same style. So if you love HGttG then you will love this book as well.
This really is a precursor to Douglas Adams, but a more cerebral, acid trip version, less out loud guffawing, more satire and wry pokes at themes that apparently have come around again on the wheel.
Part of me wonders if Douglas Adams was being truthful when he said he had not read it. Everything was there, except perhaps the towel. Still, the real effect of this book is to make you appreciate Douglas Adams even more.