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!
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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.
I read this series many years ago, hearing Martin Freeman read it actually sounds better than the subvocalization voice in my head.
The only issue with this or any of the other audiobooks in this series is the chapter breaks.
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.)
Martin Freeman is spectacular, Douglas Adams is incredible - I'm starting it all over again, just because I can!
If you've made it as far as book three, no doubt you're a fan of Douglas Adams's delightful world, characters, and humor. If that is the case, you will love this installment as well. The movement of the plot and the interaction between the characters feels just a tad more sluggish here than in the first two installments, but the lasting impression is of the same wacky brilliance that we've come to know and love.
Life, the Universe, and Everything makes you think so outlandishly about the universe that you'll be inclined to just hang the sense of it and keep yourself busy. This is a worthy installment in a genius series, but a bit shy of being the best.
On the audiobook production: Freeman continues to impress with his range of character voices. He's a star.
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