They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.
How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it, and don't know it!
Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy".
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"Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading." (The Arizona Daily Star)
This book started out as meast least favorite of the series, but has grown on me ever since. It's now my favorite and, in my opinion, is Adams' most creative Hitchhiker book. Martin Freeman is a top rate narrator. He is much more versatile in his voice acting than I would have thought, has unique voices for each character, and is highly entertaining. I highly recommend this book, or any of this series.
If you perfer mono-readers rather than a group of people reading the script, then Martin Freeman is your guy. The voices for each character are constant and hardly ever change. Ever. Thank you Martin Freeman.
I see myself listening to this book again, mainly because it's very funny. "Haha" funny, not funny like a funny smell. Also, I'm pretty sure I've missed a few details here and there while giggling.
My favorite character was a speck of dust on one of the baseball bats. It stood out because it reappeared every time Arthur was looking away. I think it was Marvin's fault.
Martin Freeman was probably the best pick to read this series with, perhaps, the exception of that famous radio news presenter from Han Wavel.
I actually almost did! I started listening to the book on a Saturday morning, and I kept listening through while doing chores around the house. I ended up doing more chores than planned, and I think I accidentally cleaned someone else's spaceship. And ever since, I can't imagine why, my fridge no longer needs electricity: I just need to feed it some restaurant bills.
This book is definitely the opposite of belgium. (Not the country.)
When I read these as a 14 year old, I thought they were hilarious. As a 40 year old, this one made me cry. A perfect portrait of middle age depression and the absurdism employed to cope in the face of the second half of life.
The only negative point about this recording is that the track numbers do not match the numbers of the chapters. Otherside the book is a "track-turner". Martin Freeman's reading alone is worth it.
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