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
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.
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!).
I love a great sci-fi book. And I love a great comedy. Adams brings both with the Hitchhiker's series. I love the books. This particular book is a concert of Adams favorite sections read by Adams. Its laugh out loud funny and a perfect driving companion. this one is going into regular rotation!
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
It can not be missed
Douglas Adams off course
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
If your an Adams fan you must listen to this it's like being at the last restaurant with Adams as the stage show.
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.
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.
"A chance to hear the definitive version..."
This production isn't the type that'll win awards.
This is not an important detail.
It's not glossy, well produced and sometimes the quality of the recording is barely adequate.
None of these are important details either.
It's a chance to hear Douglas Adams read his wonderful prose in a live environment, the literary equivalence of the rock-god slamming his fender in front of a sweaty, thrashing crowd.
The joy of Audible is hearing authors read their own work, the extra detail inferred from an inflection or simple pause adds layers of delicious delight without adding words.
To hear Douglas do this is a treat and if you're a fan of his work then this really does demand your attention.
This last point is an important detail.
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