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)
always loved Douglas Adams as a young Adult and was meaning to re read the trilogy (in four parts of course) in any case.
this was well worth the buy as Stephen Fry really does an outstanding performance, just bringing the book to life. This must be the best version of this work in my opinion, much netter than reading the book myself or watching the movie.
I'm not the sort of person who recommends things to my friends - they're just so finicky. However, should I find out that a friend is a Hitchhiker's fan AND a Stephen Fry fan AND they ask me if it was any good I'd tell them, "Yes, yes and yes!"
The performance of this story that I know so well brought me new laughs and enjoyment.
What a shame the story reminded me of how old I am by reminding me of how old it is.
I read this book when I was 20. Over a decade later, I thought it was about time to re-read it. So, with a puzzle in front of me, I began listening to this funny story once again. I just did it to feel good, to laugh, and to reminisce.
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. I also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
Stephen Fry has managed to disappoint again with a rather stolid reading of a very funny and great book. So sad.
"A classic from a comic genius, read wonderfully"
Pretty high up. I had read the book and seen the BBC series beforehand so knew the story (so far) so there was not the novelty factor of other great reads. It was great to listen to.
Arthur Dent. A man more out of his depth than any other man has ever been out of his depth before, and unlikely to be outdone as his planet has been destroyed and he is the last man alive, in or out of his depth.
A great book that everyone should read before the end of the world.
"A brilliant book, brilliantly read!"
When I saw Stephen Fry had narrated this, I had to listen to it; adn I was not dissappointed!
Stephen reads Adams's dry, sarcastic humour exactly so; with his own dry & sarcastic wit.
He does what the movie couldn't; actually make the book sound plausible (no matter how far fetched & bizarre it really is).
Absolutely recommended listening!
"Excellent story, really well-read"
It's hard to find something new to say about this story. It's been wonderful every time it's been told. And Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator.
"Unmissable, quirky adventure. Perfectly performed."
I would definitely recommend this audiobook. The story itself is quirky, comedic and unbelievable until you have actually read or listened to it. I don't think you particularly have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy Hitchhiker's - a good sense of humour is the only pre-requisite! Hitchhikers does well as an audiobook and I could think of no better performer than Stephen Fry to read it,
Marvin, the loveable depressed android, is my favorite character. Such an original and unique take on humanoid robots; uniquely and hilariously captured.
I love ANY book read by Stephen Fry. His voice is especially suited to the quirky (that word again!) characters and events that take place in Hitchhikers. He does not just read the words, he performs the story and does it beautifully whilst still staying true to the book.
An event concerning a whale is my favourite part of the story... but I don't want to give too much away!
"Cult book all Sixth formers must read"
I'd definitely recommend this book as it is a modern classic that would appeal to teenagers and those reminiscing of bygone years
The strong opposing character
The book made me laugh and reminded me of the TV adaptation created in the 80s
"My favourite Audiobook"
This has to be my favourite audiobook I've heard so far! Stephen Fry does an amazing job of bringing Douglas Adams creations to life and gives his unique perspective on everything something special. This is ten times that of the film, and I did love the film. Trust me when I say that this is totally worth a listen. By listening to this audiobook I've totally fallen in love with the story and had to buy the rest, these are read by Martin Freeman instead of Fry but he does a great job.
Plot in a nutshell:
Basically it is the unusual story of the main protagonist "Arthur Dent", a down to earth guy, who gets swept up in an interstellar adventure after the destruction of Earth, saved only by his best friend "Ford Prefect" whom just so happens to be an alien who is writing for an "extraordinary book the: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". They are then carried off on a quest to seek out the ultimate question
" of life, the universe and everything".
Will they find the answer? Get the audiobook to find out.
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.
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