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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Really, the only thing better than reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is listening to Stephen Fry read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to you. There isn't much more to say than that. If you've read the book and liked it, give this version a go. If you read the book but didn't like it, still give this a go, it might surprise you. And if you've never read the book, definitely give this one a go!
The book was definitely for me, but this was, by far, the worst experience I had with Audible. It's a technical matter: while other books I had listened too was tightly packaged with every chapter belonging to a file of its own, which I could skip and control according to my needs, this title decided to deliver huge chunks of chapters compiled in 5 hour-long files. So, if you wanted to go back to Chapter 17, for exemple, you'd have to guess in which of the big files that particular chapter was and, then, find it manually using the progress bar. That was extremely irritating. I love to listen again to my favorite parts, and those I don't recall very well, and I don't want to bookmark the whole file. So, the whole experience was unnecessarily stressful.
The whole explanation regarding the mice experimenting on us is just amazing, terrifying and funny as it can be. The narration brings it home at that point.
Stephen Fry's narration is spot on, with interesting nuances that the movie didn't get, for example. At some scenes, he channeled his inner-Dalek and inserted new levels to already great jokes.
Reader is absolutely wonderful and perfectly fit for this great book, but I disliked how chapters weren't in their own "audible chapters", meaning when I choose for example chapter 2, it actually included many different chapters from the book. So it wasn't very pleasurable to navigate.
But that's a small minus, otherwise great listening to this!
I think this is currently in my top 3 favorite audio books ever! I've read this book over a time or two, it's true... and I sought this audio title out for the reason of listening to a favorite. And I loved it. Stephen Fry, you sir are fabulous.
A voracious audiobook reader who tries to make the most of her daily 2 hour commute.
I recently re-read this as a refresher and it was just as good now as it was 10 years ago. The quick wit, humor and perception of Douglas Adams transcends time and space. Just like many of his characters. So many little references in it that have turned out to be dead on.
The humor. It makes you laugh out loud.
His distinctive voice hits all the lines as Douglas Adams intended; he did a wonderful job.
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