Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate. Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up...again.
And Another Thing... is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
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©2009 Eoin Colfer and Completely Unexpected Productions Ltd.; (P)2009 Hyperion
There are 2 things that actually disappointed me about this book. The first is a very weak plot line that is constantly being interrupted by Guide information, tangents, and flashbacks. Every time the story gets going again, it is interrupted and what little plot there is is lost. The other aspect of the book that I did not care for at all is the added vulgarity. I do not find vulgarity funny. "The business end of the spaceship", Zaphod's comment about "passing a stool", a reference to an alien "douching", the list goes on. Vulgarity is unnecessary. Douglas Adams did not use it nor did he need it. He had more class than that.
I would not listen to anything by Eoin Colfer again. In fact, I am going to exchange this book for a different one. The other Guides, I am going to keep.
I have not listened to Simon Jones before. I thought he narrated the book very well and did an excellent job with the different voices of the characters.
I was angry about mid-way through this book. It was off to an excellent start. I thought Colfer had captured a future look at the principal characters very well. Once the principal characters were brought together, the story went downhill from there. Colfer spent more time creating guide notes than he did creating a good plot. I had to rewind the book several times because he lost me in all of his notes. If you cut out the notes, tangents and flashbacks, the story itself may only be about an hour. I did not find the book comical as I did the Douglas Adams stories. Colfer should not have been chosen to continue the series.
I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!
If you absolutely can't get enough of the Hitchhiker's Guide story, you liked the recent movie version, and have a strong stomach for bad puns this one is for you.
I like Eoin Colfer's original work, they're fun.
I think he did himself a disservice trying to tell a story with characters and a universe he didn't create. This read like a book that was designed by committee using focus groups. There wasn't anything interesting, unfamiliar or unexplored that was revealed in this story. It was like a bad reunion show after a TV series goes off the air - the cast no longer has the same freshness or chemistry.
It was great - exactly the kind of performance you expect for a british comedy.
Only the parts between the front and back cover.
Stick with the originals, or better yet - go find something new and fresh -this one will disappoint.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Series is a classic in comedic Science Fiction circles. I have read all of the HHGTTG books in paperback, except this one. This book is not horrible - however I hesitate to call it 'great'. Douglas Adams had a distinct style to his writing and for whatever reason, this book somehow has missed that style. Its not as funny - it is more of a story about the HHGTTG universe, without the humor. There are of course many humorous moments - but the overall comedic level is lower than the previous books. Unlike the previous books that I've returned to - this one will probably be read only once.
"We apologise for the inconvenience"
While I heard some not too good things about this book, I loved it. I loved the use of Thor and how everything from the old books were tied in well. This book was longer and more involved than any of the other books, not that it was better, but it didn't miss a beat. I hope this author tries the Dirk Gently series. I especially have hopes for the Salmon of Doubt. If you liked the guide books, this fits an empty spot that needed filling and is a star above Mostly Harmless.
The book has a few funny moments, but it felt forced to me. I am not really sure it was necessary to try and shove so many characters from other books all into this one. As far as I am concerned it is still a trilogy in 5 parts.
I was so excited when I added this to my wish-list and promptly bought it. Alas. Its like Colfer cut up the old books and made them a plot madlib. It felt like Eoin watched the recent movie, read a summary of the books and then went to work. I don't even know if I can finish it. I've listened to the original 5 many times (along with Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul) they are fantastic, read by the author, who was an excellent voice talent along with his skill at creating and defining a Genre. This book is a shadow of the others, and it (the series) would have been better if it had stayed retired.
Skip this and listen to "The Restaurant" again.
If you loved this series then do NOT listen to this butcher job. Douglas Adams must be turning over in his grave.
I usually actually say what I felt was wrong with the book, but it is so bad I just don't know where to begin or how to say it.
I Will just leave it at this "PANIC"
The characters in this sixth volume of the Hitchhiker's trilogy are familiar, and the plot isn't too far from what you might expect. Fans of the original storyline know that Douglas Adams had a knack for taking just the right amount of absurdity and transforming it into a great story. Unfortunately, Colfer's attempt at the same failed. Miserably. It's as if Colfer wrote 250 pages of nonsensical rubbish and then decided to try and weave a Hitchhiker's plot into it.
As someone who has both read and listened to the Hitchhiker books many times I would recommend you avoid this book in any format. I wound up listening to the entire thing to see if it lived up to the expectations set by some other reviews and I really found the entire thing unsatisfying and disappointing.
If you loved the original Star Wars trilogy this is episodes 1-3. If you're huge Indiana Jones fan this is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you loved Rocky movies this is Rocky V. It's not that it's so terrible on its own, but when you love a series so much and something comes along that doesn't live up to the high standard that has been set it makes it seem worse than it is.
That said, I think of all the examples listed this is the worst of the lot. It's a sequel with no merit to it whatsoever. If you want to head back to the Hitchhiker Universe and see some of your favorite characters awkwardly thrust into a terrible new story then by all means get this book. Just be prepared for disappointment.
Also as a side note, I've attempted to read other things by Eoin Colfer and in general I find his writing terrible. Maybe it's just that personal dislike that tainted my enjoyment of this story... but I doubt it.
All silliophiles need to purchase this audiobook. Non-silliophiles should also listen to it, if only to hear Simon Jones' perfect narration. Why haven't I heard of this actor before? He has, arguably, the largest range of voices and accents of any audiobook reader I have listened to. I will definitely be looking for other audiobooks he has narrated. As to this book, itself, "And Another Thing" definitely continues the delightful silliness of the previous Hitch-hiker series. Colfer picks up and runs with Douglas Adams' literary voice, imagination, and characters. Who'da thunk that Trillian and Boweric Wowbagger would .... But no, I'd better not -- that would spoil the surprise. Suffice it to say that "And Another Thing" continues the Infinite Improbability of the previous episodes. I have docked a star from my rating of this audiobook, only because Colfer also continued -- albeit out of necessity -- the alcoholism theme that Adams incorporated into the previous five installments (mostly in the form of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). As one who has seen many cases of alcoholism's tragedies, its silliness-inducing characteristics just don't make me laugh the way Adams intended. Otherwise, I recommend "And Another Thing" to all fans of Douglas Adams' brilliance.
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