Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.") and a galaxy full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
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The Rational Conservative
I may not know much about literature, and I can prove it, but then again why should I.
The Baton Rogue
The Hitchhikers guide. Read by Stephen Fry. It had to be five stars, and it so very much is five stars. To bad that the other parts are not read by Stephen.
This was my first experience of Douglas Adams and I went out the next day and downloaded the other 4 books. I am a physician and while I was doing a rotation through the Medical Examiners office, I came into contact with many fans of his work which was quoted on a daily basis. After listening to this book, I know why. The narrator was entertaining and I was laughing out loud the entire series.
This is the kind of book that allows your imagination to fully participate in the magic of the book while the jokes/commentary/satire keep you laughing and awake for long stretches of road. Kept us occupied on an all-night drive from Mexico to Colorado.
The title says it all. It is a long, sci-fi, Monty Python sketch. Fry even reads as if he were John Cleese returning a dead parrot. If the idea of that appeals to you, you will undoubtedly love this book.
I had never read this book before despite playing the text based game on the Atari home computer years ago. I was delighted at how enjoyable the book was. I have never seen any of the TV shows or films based on this book, but they would be hard pressed to live up to the high standards set by this book. The narrator really adds to the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this one.
Listened to the book, then watched the film. The film was, in comparison, no where near as good as the book. So if you've only watched the film and think it would be pointless to get this - you're wrong!
It's amusing for awhile and then it gets kind of pointless. You can't but see that it is a clever book but the level of absurdity you have to be deluged with takes tolerance. The narrator is quite good.
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