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.
This book made me laugh uncontrolably while among strangers in a crowded room. That means it's good.
While it was written many years ago, it's still very well suited to the modern reader. It is funny and pretends to take itself too seriously while doing totally the opposite. The main character is actually quite likable, unlike Arthur Dent, whose suffering you actually enjoy.
Hodgeman knows humor. Something in the way he combines serious and flippant nails it.
I laughed out loud several times, causing people to stare. I'm normally pretty reserved.
I don't think I'd try Sheckley again. Hodgeman was great in Year Zero.
I kept waiting for it to get funny but it just kept dragging on. It just wasn't my brand of funny.
I love an intelligent book -- but when it's very clever as well, I'm all in! The whole of this book, extremely well read by Hodgman by the way, is a marvelous metaphor for how we view the universe, earth, religion, ourselves...well, you just have to listen. This is one of the very few books I'll listen to again and again; there's just so much rich content. Sheckley is truly a genius.
No, not certain that i will, this has put me off.
I came to this next after Ready player one and Outlander, expecting high things. It just doesn't work for me, its painful, and a drag to get through.
I'm not familiar with John other than he is a PC advert, so perhaps I dont have an ear for his work.
It was short, thank goodness.
I like HHGTTG, and hard sci Fi, Heinlein, Asimov etc, this just didn't kick off at all for me, sorry.
I pulled up a chat window to rectify a situation at Audible. Carol helped me out quickly and then asked if I'd like a recommendation. She pointed me to "Dimension of Miracles" and I was happy that she did.
This book reminded me of Douglas Adams (having read Adams first). Their sense of humor is similar and they have a way of throwing the reader a curve ball that makes you pause and think. To top it off John Hodgman does an outstanding job of narrating. Having seen him on The Daily Show and listened to narrations of his own work I wasn't sure he'd be able to pull off multiple characters but he proved me wrong.
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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.