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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Live in Concert | [Douglas Adams]

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Live in Concert

Author Douglas Adams kidnapped an audience and held them hostage for 90 minutes at London's Almeida Theatre. The audience members were subjected to extremely hot August temperatures and Adams's dramatic solo performances of excerpts and scenes from his wildly funny Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy.
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Publisher's Summary

Just keep laughing and nobody will get hurt! Author Douglas Adams kidnapped an audience and held them hostage for 90 minutes at London's Almeida Theatre. The audience members were subjected to extremely hot August temperatures and Adams's dramatic solo performances of excerpts and scenes from his wildly funny, wildly popular books The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything. LEARN how to fly! HEAR about Arthur and the Irrational Sofa! GROAN at Marvin's escapade with the Frogstar Battle Robot! Adams may have a cult following, but it's the happiest cult around, thanks to his inventive, absurd, and impish humor which comes through fully in this release.

Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy."

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

Copyright (P)1996 by Dove Audio, Inc.; A Digital Village Production ©1995

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    Sean Bedford, MA, USA 12-31-03
    Sean Bedford, MA, USA 12-31-03
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    "A Live Performance"

    Almost twenty years ago, shortly after The Meaning of Liff was published, a friend of mine called me up and invited me to see Douglas Adams that evening at MIT. When Douglas came on stage he started the evening off with a few stories. He next explained how The Meaning of Liff came to be written and then proceeded to read several definitions. Finally, he went on to read selected excerpts from the Hitchhiker?s Trilogy and afterwards he willingly signed my three paperback books.

    I mention the above because I thoroughly enjoyed, and have never forgotten, that wonderful evening. Hearing all the writings/speeches/interviews from The Salmon of Doubt being read was wonderful and it vividly brought that evening back to life for me. So much so that I wanted to listen to Douglas performing live again, so I purchased this audio book.

    Unfortunately, this live performance did not captivate me. It is missing the spontaneity and sense of fun that I felt twenty years. This is partly due to my enjoying Douglas?s stories and readings from The Meaning of Liff, missing here, very much. However, I also remember his readings of the Hitchhiker?s excerpts as being funnier and warmer than this performance.

    I give this audio book a qualified recommendation. If you have never heard Douglas Adams in person than I think you will enjoy his performance here. However, if you have heard him perform in person then you may feel like me after hearing this.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Shoreview, MN, United States 10-07-13
    Walter Shoreview, MN, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Live, it's..."

    Douglas Adams, reading excerpts from the Hitchhiker's Guide! Well, it's only a few excerpts, and he occasionally stables (slightly) in his reading. Still, great to hear to how he expresses some of the dialog and portrays some of his own characters. Plus, there are a couple of asides that provide some context about things in the books (avoiding possible spoilers!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-30-12
    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-30-12 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Don't miss this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It can not be missed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Douglas Adams off course


    If you could take any character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Live in Concert out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would seem very Adams to take him to see a performance of himself for him to explain how the great galactic book would talk of the confusion and madness of time travel


    Any additional comments?

    If your an Adams fan you must listen to this it's like being at the last restaurant with Adams as the stage show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Huntsville, AL, USA 07-02-05
    Andrew Huntsville, AL, USA 07-02-05
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    "Great Book"

    Nice way to look at the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James T. Jenkins Rio Rancho, NM US 01-02-04
    James T. Jenkins Rio Rancho, NM US 01-02-04 Member Since 2004
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    "TOO MONTY PYTHONISH!"

    The plot, if there is one, shifts so quickly and improbably, that it is not only difficult to follow, but becomes boring. The book would be fine, if the reader enjoys Monty Python type humor. Otherwise, it is a total waste of time.

    2 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    DANIEL R BROWN WACO, TEXAS United States 04-19-04
    DANIEL R BROWN WACO, TEXAS United States 04-19-04 Member Since 2004
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    "CRAP,CRAP,CRAP"

    SORRY,SORRY,SORRY. I LISTENED TO ALL 5 BOOKS AND BAD, WENT TO WORSE WENT TO PROVERBIAL HELL. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO DISAPPOINTED IN LIFE. SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN WAS NEVER THERE. MY DESIRE FOR HIS SUCCESS WAS, WELL, UNATTAINED. I AM SO SICK AND ANGRY OVER THE TIME THAT I WASTED...HERE IS THE END OF THE TRILOGY....THEY ALL DIE IN THE DEMONLITION OF EARTH BY THE VOGONES. THE FOURTH BOOKS WAS ALMOST "J.K. ROWLING" BUT THEN HE MESSED IT ALL UP ...DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.

    4 of 98 people found this review helpful
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