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!
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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douglas adam's book, read by an englishman.
yes, the quote.
"Useless talk, costs Lives"
Please read it to your children.
Spectacular Sci-Fi Humor
Overall, Stephen Fry's narration transforms the story and really brings it to life.
He does a masterful job narrating and adding an actor's touch to the dialogue. It really is as much of a performance as it is a straight audiobook reading. You can tell Fry loves the material.
I can't imagine anyone but Stephen Fry narrating this book. This was a favourite book before I listened to it, and now I love it even more. When I reread it myself, I now hear it in Stephen's voice. Just delightful.
How do you make The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy even better? Have Stephen Fry read it.
Absolutely great narrator and a great story! The book is slightly different from the movie, so I was never quite sure what was going to happen next =]
As anyone living on this decade, I've heard lots and lots about Douglas Adams masterpiece throughout my life, yet I had never given the time to actually read (or in this case, listen) to it. Now that I did, I can't but be mad at myself for not having read this book the moment I knew how to read. It is absolutely amazing, and Stephen Fry's interpretation only made it more enjoyable. This book is a must for everyone, especially science fiction fans who will see many winks threw their way along the story.
I do plan to keep reading the following books, but not on Audibe. I've read many bad reviews of the narrator of the following books, so I guess I'll go for the ebook version next. I want to keep Fry's excellent voices as my mental soundtrack for the next ones.
So go, read this, share this, and carry on hailing at Adams. I finally understand you guys :)
while the narration of the book and story were fine, i was sadden when i reached the "end" to realize that this was only one part of the much longer unabridged version of the book. I should have paid better attention i guess but i didnt and it was too little, too late. Maybe one day i will actually hear the whole book instead of just a piece (though it really should be labeled as such. I.e. Part 1 etc.)
Adams' genius is in the flawless integration of his witty form of intelligent humor and a delightfully outlandish story which coalesce into what can only be described as an incredibly quirky book that is easy to fall in love with. When I reached the end of it the only complaint I had was that there wasn't more; the 5 hrs and 51 minutes fall short of a full dose of the universe present in this story, especially for seasoned listeners who are used to listening to much longer books. As far as the narration goes, Stephen Fry does no less a superb job as he ever does with anything. If you like the more recent episodes of Doctor Who since Stephen Moffat joined the payroll you will almost definitely love this book. It is a fantastic story with a terrific narrator, and I highly recommend it.
Prefect, Exciting, Adventurous
It is a great book, that I have read, and listened to by two different speakers. I thuroughly enjoy Stephen Fry's rendition, and his accents and characterizations he adds to the plot. It was the most fantastic rendition that allowed my mind to wander and follow much like a visual movie. Best version yet.
Can't answer- never read it.
The English accent, his dramatic ability, and his wittiness.
Get it! NOW!
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