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)
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.
"Classic family listen"
Having read this years ago as a teenager, I really enjoyed Stephen Fry's reading of it to my mostly teenage family on a long drive through France on holiday. Had us all laughing! They kept realising where sayings come from like 'life, the universe and everything' 'the answer is 42' 'don't panic' 'I'd far rather be happy than right any day'. Great for keeping the whole family amused - I'm going to download The restaurant at the end of the universe next!
"The quintessential British sci-fi novels..."
...with a quintessential British narrator. Stephen Fry's tone of voice is perfectly suited to Douglas Adams' intelligent, knowing prose.
Surely delving through the Improbability Drive's fantastical workings - replete with potter plant and plummeting whale.
The mice confronting Arthur, hoping for his brain.
I have always loved this series and almost enjoyed this presentation, but I'm not 100% sure that Stephen fry is the right person. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series narrated by Martin Freeman
"Mr Fry is simply delightful. Mr Adams even more."
what could be said about thgttg that has not already? but if you haven't heard ... it's wonderful, anarchic, and -like space itself - it's out there.
Stephen fry makes this amazing book. Will never look at mice in the same way
I love this story so much and the fact it was read by one of my favourit people makes it even better
"stephen charmingly brilliant as always"
One of my favourite books of all time now narrated by one of my favourite people. Great for long commutes.
Brilliantly written and fantastic narration, would recommend to anyone! The depth of detail and imagination is just so brilliant. Love it!
I would not have chosen to listen to this of my own accord, but it was a book club choice. And I am very glad that it was chosen, as it is a treat to listen to Stephen Fry do it justice. It was not written as a novel, it was apparently first released on BBC as Book at Bedtime, or something like that, so this is the perfect format. Once you have listened to it, you will understand just how it has become absorbed into every day language. The story is fine, and there are some great moments and some laugh out loud bits, which are well worth it. But no, I would not say to anyone: You really must read this. But if you do, I think you will be glad that you did.
"out of herr"
Always loved this story, the audio book just makes it better, loved every bit of it
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