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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I can't tell you how many times I've followed a YouTube channel and had the YouTube advertise for audible. Finally I broke and decided to give the service a whirl. It was amazing! The guy who narrates this story does an incredible job! I loved every moment of this book and I look forward to starting another audible book! Not a bad first choice. It's a short book but it's rich with fantastic writing and hilarious comedy. You can't take this book too seriously otherwise you'll find yourself getting mad at it. The story, the characters, the plot twists, the writing; it's all comedy and it's great! There's a movie of this book, but I would recommend it as a movie by itself. Don't try too hard to compare this book and the movie otherwise you might get mad at the movie. I liked the movie, and that's all I'll say. But I also like this book. Give it a go! I think most people will love it!!
I've read the books before and loves them. Stephen Fry does a phenomenal job of helping me relive the story in my head.
An acceptable read if one is either bored or an English speaking Earth alien life form angling for further distraction. Scientific fanaticism is not a requirement for completion of forthcoming material.
This is one of those audio books that I keep on coming back to from time to time, like a plate of comfort food, or a specfic single malt. It has humour and all that, but hidden inbetween all the hilarity are some profound quotes - like the one that ypu do not have to believe that there are fairies living at the bottom of the garden to find it beautiful.
Douglas Adams was a genius, and Stephen Fry brings this to the fore in his reading.
I don't know what that was. But it was brilliant, funny, fantastical. Oh man now I am in deep thought, wait, I just thought of something and it is, 42!
The intersection of Adams' terrific sci-fi storytelling and Fry's top-notch reading makes this a can't-miss book. Even if you've already read the book, Fry's telling is worth the retread.
Short of any one moment that stands out, Adams' imagination is on full display not only in the storyline, but perhaps most notably in the people, places, objects, and historical events detailed within the Ford Prefect's Guide. Zaphod Beeblebrox? Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Refreshingly original stuff (at the time I read this, anyway). And the way Adams undulates between the plot and encyclopedic asides adds both more depth and hilarity to the telling.
Fry brings and indefatigable energy to Adams story, switching between voices with ease and perfectly inflecting every line. Listening to Stephen Fry is a delight.
If I had had the time, I sure would have!
My only letdown was that, in addition to the somewhat weak sense of closure, there wasn't much of a sense of where things might be headed. As much as I enjoyed this, I'm don't feel as compelled as I thought I would--outside of friends' recommendations, at least--to read the next title in the series.
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