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)
Just as random and delightful as the previous books. Truly hilarious moments about the game of cricket, mattresses, reincarnation, fooling gravity, and alphabetical insults. My personal favorite book in the series. Martin Freeman is spectacular.
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.
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.
Maybe I just am more familiar with the first book and was possibly not paying as much attention as I could have, but I didn't think it was quite as good. Also, I understand that it's a performance, but it is really hard to understand what he's saying when they put some weird filter for some of the robots.
Still, it had a lot of Douglass Adams' genius wit, so I'm not really complaining about it on the whole.
I'm a software developer.
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.
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