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)
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 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.)
I would only recommend this if they were die-hard Adams fans - or if they simply like good performances regardless of the writing. Don't get me wrong, I love "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", but this book was not one of Adams' better attempts. Freeman does a wonderful job with the material with which he has to work, but the story really didn't flow.
There was a very funny scene where Thor tries to take Trillion home at a party, and the whole recurring Cricket Match theme was funny, but the flow of the story and the underlying themes just didn't seem to pop like they did in the last two. Again, no fault of Freeman's. He did the best he could with what he had.
Honestly, I probably wouldn't have gotten through it if it weren't for Martin Freeman's performance of this work. His portrayals of Arthur, Ford, and Zaphod are truly brilliant and he understands Adams' dry style of humor.
It certainly didn't inspire me to read the next one any time soon. I might get to it eventually, but I have others I want to jump to right now.
The second book and the third book are just odd short stories that do not flow as well as the first book. Enough is enough for me after this one.
I love reading/listening to something that I can loose myself in and have a hard time finding reality.
First I have to say that I LOVE the Hitchhikers Guide series! It is one of my favorites and I will continue to re-read the series. Out of the 5 book series this is the one that I did not care of very much. I found myself trying to get through it for some reason. Don't get me wrong I love the book but compared to the first two this one was not my favorite. Narration was wonderfully done by Martin Freeman who is one of my favorites! Still recommend reading it as part of the series.
Not far into the book, I literally laughed out lout wearing my headphones in public and then had to nervously apologize. I embarrassed myself over a very brief description of the wind that I'm pretty sure I would've overlooked in written text yet the line was expertly delivered by Martin Freeman and it made Adam's comedy come alive to me.
There so many absurd elements driving this story, it takes you by surprise when everything seems to come together towards the end. This one picks up where Restaurant at the End of the Universe leaves off. Although there is a brief recap, you should probably make sure you've read that one first as it leaves the characters separated from each other and doesn't have much of a wrap-up.
Highly recommend this book, I didn't want to give any book a perfect score but I couldn't help it.
Sara R Clifton
I could listen to Martin Freeman read this 100 times and never get tired of it!
Marvin is my favorite character because he is just so pathetic. I also like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy if you can consider it a character, which I do.
Everything. The various voices, the sarcastic tone. He truly brings the books to life and I think Douglas Adams would love his narration.
Douglas Adams always makes me laugh. For absurdity if nothing else.
It's a great book with a fantastic narration. Everyone should get it.
Martin Freeman simply does not match up to Douglas Adam's original performance. I grew up listening to these books on tape (yes, back when it was a cassette) and I bought this digital copy thinking it was the classic rendition.
Freeman is mostly over the top and simply does not have the comedic timing necessary to pull off this narration. If they really insist on rerecording it, I would have greatly preferred Stephen Fry, but for my money Douglas Adams is darn near impossible to beat.
Don't get me wrong, I love this book...but if you can track down the old recordings, it will be well worth the effort (no, I'm not talking about the radio program...though while you are at it, feel free to track those down too!)
You will have to listen to the hal story, but after all the books you get a perfect picture of Duglas Adams world for Arthur, Ford, Trisha and Zhafod. And the story is lovely ans should be read ore listend to.
Book1 Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxies, book 2, restaurant at the end of the world, book 4 So long and thanks for all the fish and book 5 Mostly harmless. The books are all collected.
Well I love his voice, but his impression of Zahfod is a bit erm.. lets just say disappointing.
If I could have the time I would love to listen to in one setting.
As a free thinking person this book series is lovely.
Wife, Mother, Doula, Childbirth Educator
I listened to this book in my car on the way to do errands or to classes. It made the long drive from home a lot more bearable.
I love all of Douglas Adams' books, and this one kept the story going without being tedious like some sequels are.
I loved when Trillian hugged the Cricketer.
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