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".
Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.
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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)
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The plot and events are much tighter than previous books, and it still has that absurd humor to it. Martin Freeman does an amazing job.
While this is worth a listen, be prepared for a slightly disappointing ending, and possibly to stop the series after this installment.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is full of satire and play on words. It will expand your mind and give you a different view on the word; not to mention the enormous amount of comedy that will be sure to put a smile on your face. I would recommend any of these books to someone looking for a good read/listen.
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.
This book is the third of the series and is not what I wanted it to be. I have only read up to this one, but so far it is the least exciting to me. It is not nearly as silly as the first two, and the silliness is exactly what I like about them. It also has an unsatisfying resolution. I am hoping for something better from the next one.
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