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)
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Hitchhikers guide is one of the best books I listened to
The dry comedy and the pangalacticgargargleblaster
The captain of the vorgon construction fleet
The description of the pangalacticgargargleblaster
"The Readers' Guide to the Book"
Amazingly mind boggling
Just the general ridiculousness I think.
I don't know, perhaps Zaphod Beeblebrox, simply because the insanity of the character is passionately performed by Stephen Fry. I think this audiobook would be completely different if it were read by somebody else. I enjoyed it so much because Stephen Fry and the late Douglas Adams were excellent friends, and when listening to Stephen Fry reading this book you can tell how passionate he is about it, and how well he knows and enjoys this story. It is excellent.
I enjoyed the Fjords. Once you listen, you will understand.
I think this is a very important book to read or listen to, it is referenced so often in day to day life, and when I listened to it I spent most of my time thinking "Ooohh, so this is where thats from!"/ It is without a doubt one of the best written and most creative books ever conceived by man. Well worth a read, if you don't have time, its well worth a listen!!!!
"A great book to read but not to listen to."
I was a fan of all the books in the series when I read them as a child and was enthused again when they were brought subsequently to the TV but I found the audio book very difficult to get as excited about. I think one of the reasons was that whilst it was read brilliantly by Stephen Fry I think it lost something in translation as all the characters are voiced by one person. In my head I was expecting to hear all the different voices from the Film and for some reason it just did not work for me.
Yes as long as they were happy with just one voice.
The use of one voice only.
I would not presume that I could improve on Douglas Adams original
I have downloaded many audio books and this is the only one I have not enjoyed.
"Stephen Fry is amazing in this!"
I would definitely recommend this book. Stephen Fry does an amazing job of bringing all of Douglas Adam's characters to life, and highlights Adam's deadpan comic style. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!
I have to go with Marvin the depressed robot. He's such what you wouldn't expect of a robot...
He does a brilliant job bringing the characters to life, and I think his style of reading suits the book.
Yes, most definitely.
"Fry is excellent"
This is my first audiobook, and it is a fantastic start. Stephen Fry is a very good reader and the story is very enjoyable too. Hopefully Martin Freeman would be good too as I move through the series
A great first book to a wonderful series, and read by a favourite, Stephen Fry! Stephen Fry helps make Arthur Dent seem realist and very British! We follow Arthur on an inter-galactic adventure that you sure won't want to miss, but remember to bring your towel
"What a wonderful blast from the past"
It is wonderful to have this story as an audible story and also sublime that Stephen Fry is narrating it. I grew up watching the television series of this book and was amazed at how captivating and original it was - it made me want to be an author ... time I got going then ! A wonderful read - if you have never heard of it, it is a definite must.
"Hitchhikers Guide to the Amazing Book!"
Hilarious, action packed and a great book for all the family! Stephen Fry is, in my opinion, the greatest narrator of all time (which is what led us to this book!), and he tells the story perfectly- from the Vogon poetry skills all the way to Marvin's hysterical moaning. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun, light hearted audiobook. All aboard the Heart of Gold!
There is a long-running debate regarding which is the best medium for Douglas Adams' masterwork, with fans of the radio series battling those whose introduction to Arthur, Ford and the interstellar crew was the later TV series, while fighting a rearguard action against fans of the book. Best not mention the film, which was a brave attempt but ... sorry: no!
Putting my head above the parapet, I'm inclined to suggest that the Audible edition read by Stephen Fry is perhaps the best of all. All the glory of Adams' original words - beautifully crafted, with their rich explanations which are often bypassed (no pun intended) in dramatic works - read superbly by Stephen Fry, and justifies his status as a national treasure.
Fry - a long-standing friend of Adams - manages to incorporate all of the dramatic atmosphere of the radio series, complete with multiple voices which pay tribute to the talents of the actors who played the parts in the radio adaptation, making it immediately familiar while adding a new and welcome dimension.
Highly recommended, and any chance he can be talked into doing the same with the later books?
"Remember your towel"
Well if you have ever read the book, then the storyline will come of no surprise, obviously it's not the same as the Film Martin Freeman starred in. But there is something very soothing and relaxing about Stephen Fry reading in my ears, and with a link that he also did the voice for the book in the film then it seems fitting, I haven't listened to the others in the series yet.
I would highly recommend this book, for new and old hitchiker fans it helps to pass many a boring hours on the train.
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