One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.
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"By turns authoritative as the narrator, bemused as Arthur Dent, deadpan as Ford Prefect and manic as Zaphod Beeblebrox, he [Stephen Fry] makes an altogether appropriate reader . . . The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" (The Times)
The odd characters, the way Adam's describes or introduces pretty much anything in the book is so unique and funny. Stephen Fry also did some great voice acting which made me feel like I was almost in the story itself. I also loved the random information that Adam's so often included (but that nearly always became very relevent in the most unexpected ways later on).
The second half of the book was more enjoyable for me. There were a lot of moments that I couldn't help but laugh out loud. One of my favourites would have to have been Deep Thought's announcement that he was only the second greatest computer and the subsequent hilarious conversation that ensued. Or Arthur's reaction to pretty much everything.
I think Fry did a great impression of all the characters and really brought them to life. I thought that Zaphod's was spot on. And the paranoid android was very well done too.
On the book itself, I was not so impressed with the first part of the book, when Arthur and Ford were still on Earth and also the Vogon ship, but I found myself enjoying the book far more the further into it I got. I think this is mainly because I had an idea of what was happening (from pop culture references and the movie) and I didn't need a lot of the scene setting etc. This obviously became more important further in and Adam's writing is witty, absurd, humorous and very unique and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Stephen Fry is the only person who should ever be allowed to narrate this story. His voice, his intonations, his pace and his grasp of subtle wit leaves all other possibles eating his dust.
This is one of the best stories ever written, and Mr Fry did it justice.
So many great lines in this book.
Completely silly and completely perfect. Have read this many times, but just finished audio book version read by Stephen Fry, which is a lot like having a bowl of the the best ice cream in the world and adding lots of yummy freckles and chic chips!
Hitchhikers was always a bit uneven for me ... but never too uneven to not be a fan.
Steven Fry does an excellent job ironing out that unevenness. He has a good range of voices and I found myself not hearing his own voice through everything, which, given his TV exposure is quite a feat. Now and then I thought his choices reflected the original radio broadcast and TV series and I liked that.
I recommend the Guide ...
I would recommend this audio book. I find that Stephy Fry performance gives the perfect tonality for Douglas Adams work.
The closest would be the Eyre Affaire.
Say something about yourself!
I have not read the printed version. But i really liked the audio version.
And i will definitely listen to the rest of the book in the serie at some point.
The charaters in this book was all, special, and funny, in each of there own way, so i dont have a favorite character.
I have not listen to any of audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry before, but this one was very good. So i dont think it will be the last Stephen Fry book i have listen to.
Yes if i had the time, i would definitely listen to the whole book all in one sitting.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
Stephen Fry has managed to disappoint again with a rather stolid reading of a very funny and great book. So sad.
"Warning! American English Translation (YUK!)"
Highly annoyed. This quintessentially English novel has been translated into American English.
Arthur did not "go down to the cellar with a flashlight" it was a torch.
Veet Voojagig was not obsessed with missing ballpoints, it was biros.
Given that Douglas Adams was well known for his exacting use of language, and sweating over every line to craft his story "just so", to change a single word is an act of vandalism.
Why in the name of the Great Green Arkleseizure, did they not record the few lines of text effected twice, once as written, and again translated into American for the hard of thinking. It would have taken two minutes at most.
It rankles and Douglas Adams would not approve.
It's a classic.
It would have been great if he'd read the book as it was written.
Are you insane? The whole point of my review was that the novel should not have been changed in the way it has been.
This should be fixed.
I is a fantastic book and very very funny.
it is fantastically read and mad very funny by the difference and voices
"It suits my humour it moulded my humour ?"
Not sure if I enjoy because it suits my humour or if it's where I get my humour from ?????
"A really good listen"
I loved it!!! a good book that was brilliantly read by Steven fry. a must listen/read
"Holy crap it's good!"
It's just amazing! Wish it were longer. It explains why the Internet is obsessed with the number 42.
"As good as remembered"
It was great fun to listen to this especially with Stephen Fry narrating. As often happens with these sort of books not a good idea to listen when out for a walk as laughing out loud still does get the odd look.
One of my favourite boos of all time, Stephens presentation was just how I imagined for this storey to be portrayed. Thank you for all the fish!
"fantastic satirical humour"
shame its not the whole book!
otherwise its a fantastic series mixing whit and humour with intelligent storyline.
Read before but totally enjoyed it on audiobook would recommend to everyone.
"The Hitchhiking review"
This book, and the way it was read, was wonderful.
It was absolutely brilliantly read, and it did the book justice.
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