Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?
Don't miss more from this exciting series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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I grew up with the audiocassettes of the entire Hitchhiker's series, and loved Doug Adams narration. The story on this one is still one of my favorites of the series, but i do kind of miss the voice delivering the lines that i somehow still know by heart.
Have listened to it several times already!!!! Favorite of the 6 Hitch hiker books!!!
Hitchhiker is just plain fun. I loved the series when i was young. I read it in college, and again in Med school, and again when i started reading for pleasure again, and now I am going to listen to them all.
I cannot wait. I just wish Douglas was alive for more, but I am about to read Coffer's installment (or try) for a 6th book in the series.
I have been a fan of this series my entire life. I am 32 and therefore this book was/is/was going to be/has been around that long, that and my father was a geek growing up. Someone once compared the impact of geeky fathers on their sons to the sympathetic relationship of the boat and a barnacle. Neither party in the relationship wants the other to be there but they both end up needing each other anyway, and over time there is a general blurring of where the boat ends and the barnacle begins. However, the person making the comparison failed to realize that when the boat stops existing so to the barnacle would die. This of course is not so with the case of nerdy father and son so the analogy ends here. Many would say it was a poor interpretation of the relationship anyway, and that the one making the fore mentioned comparison should stop trying to make it. Added to that no one was too keen to listening to the inner musings of the mentally ill and therefore the whole simile was lost on everyone, and everybody.
The book is the best one yet and I literally found myself laughing as I listened. That is to say I thoroughly enjoyed this volume, and of course the narration was spot on as always. Thank you Martin Freeman, this man is a multi talented actor who can really tell a story. Never has it ceased to amaze me the talent the British possess. It seems that when you become famous in England you either have to be really good, or just keep up at your practice at a lot of things in order to make it at one of them. Whatever the case I really enjoyed Mr. Freeman's portrayal of all the characters. To speak to Mr. Freeman's, Marty as I like to call him, narration I mention the following. It was so good that it truly will stand the test of time. I would not be surprised if after many generations pass by people will look back with fondness and admiration at the very mention of ol' Marty's narration. They will think back to a golden era of book narration. As we all know, the longer a trend lasts the cheaper the production gets. Thus this starts a widening of a gap between what used to be and what is, creating a golden era for whatever it is that went on long enough to create a golden era in the first place. When people think about these golden times and how wonderful everything being narrated was, Marty's work will have sonnets and musicals written about it.
Look what I am really trying to say is this: "I really look forward to my audible credits next month to keep enjoying this series."
I don't think I've ever loved a series more than this one. And nor would the experience have been near as great without the performance of Martin Freeman. The amount of effort and passion he puts into reading these truly makes these stories all the more enjoyable. Thanks audible and Martin, for making a great series even better.
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