Panic! It's the last ever instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Mostly Harmless, the final book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'. While frequent flyer Arthur Dent searches the universe for his lost love, Ford Prefect discovers a disturbing blast from the past at The Hitchhiker's Guide HQ.
With the exception of more unnecessary gross humor similar to the New York River Monster from a previous installment, this is a satisfying conclusion to the adventures of our motley crue, in all their probabilities.
Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's saga returns once again with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, the fourth book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'. The Earth has miraculously reappeared and, even more miraculously, Arthur Dent has found it. Returning to his cottage after...well...ages, he falls in love with the girl of his dreams.
The fourth entry of the Hitchhiker's saga answers several questions, asks a few new ones, and (except for a completely wasted vignette about New York sewage water) is a satisfying penultimate addition to the adventures of Arthur Dent.
Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's saga continues with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Life, the Universe and Everything, the third book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'.
The tightest narrative so far of the Hitchhiker's series, and thus the most enjoyable, while still containing enough absurdness and Adam's trademark articulation to satisfy any fan.
Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe....
The second entry into the adventures of Arthur Dent and company is just as much fun as the first, though this round the narrative loses some focus as someone events seem to be thrown in for the sake of strangeness alone.
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
A fantastic adaptation of one of the most unique pieces of fiction I've come across, and a special treat for those of us who were introduced to the imagination of Douglas Adams through the BBC Television series, since many of the same actors are found here as well.
In Sweet Danger, bestselling erotica editor Violet Blue offers twenty tales of deliciously explicit fantasies guaranteed to set pulses racing. How do couples crank up the heat? They push the limits of sex, lust, and the imagination as far as they can to please each other. The couples whose naughtiest desires play out within this sizzling audiobooks are committed to each other, without question!
When approaching audiobooks, you really have to consider two reviews: one for the narrator, and one for the material itself. I'll tackle the second one first.
Violet Blue, in her introduction, warns that the material inside can be quite dark, and I couldn't agree more. Erotica, probably more than any other fiction, is very personal and can be quite divisive, and I have to admit I've never come across an anthology with more highs and lows than this one. Several of the stories I found very intriguing, and a couple downright hot, but at least one story almost made me throw my iPod across the room. I'm all for angry or dangerous sex, but some of the "fantasies" here seemed to me to border on hate and spite, pulled out of the abyss (rather cheaply I beleive) at the last moment with the comforting assurance that all parties were willing. I'm a firm believer in "to each their own", but be warned that there will come across some hash material, some of it quite uncomfortable for most people. Caveat emptor.
Now for the narrator. I"m a great admirer of Rose Caraway, whose enthusiam and obvious delight in narrating erotica, along with the perfect blend of little girl and lustful succubus that is her voice really sells the material, especially when she's voicing the women. She REALLY gets into it, and rest assured you WILL react.
Overall I think this was a worthwhile anthology, but like I said be prepared to the possibility of being turned off as well as on. Perhaps I wouldn't have had as strong a reaction if I had been reading it instead if listening to it, but Rose's passionate reading, really bringing out the rawness of some stories, made some of the scenes too vivid for me, and I suspect some of you as well...so proceed with caution.
According to Whyte, we humans are involved not just with one marriage with a significant other. We also have made secret vows to our work and unspoken vows to an inner, constantly developing self. Whyte's thesis is that to separate these marriages in order to balance them is to destroy the fabric of happiness itself; that in each of these marriages, will, effort, and hard work are overused, overrated, and in many ways self-defeating.
I've been a fan of David Whyte for quite a while now, since at least the late '90's when I really began to look at my place in the world and how I belonged (or didn't). A "corporate poet", he uses poetry, both his and others, to show how we should approach life, being bold and vulnerable, willing to fall and get hurt in order to grow.
In THE THREE MARRIAGES, he follows several poets, writers, and historical figures through their lives to show how they tackled life in regards to a work or vocation, relationships with friends and specifically a husband or wife, and the most intimate marriage of all, the one with ourselves. Instead of finding balance between the three, finding an equilibrium that keeps them separate, he suggests that they feed each other, blending to create a full, satisfying life, and that to diminish one for the sake of another actually diminishes both or all three.
I read the hardcover when it first came out, and found it a bit obtuse and hard to fathom. The audio book I found much easier to absorb, a chapter here and there read in Whyte's slight Welsh accent much clearer to understand what he is trying to say. There is very little poetry in this book, but plenty of philosophy and material to contemplate and consider, including more than a little Zen, but no matter your religious tradition this is a great book for trying to come to terms with how full your life can be if you pay attention to all aspects, and keep the conversation between the three marriages flowing and involved.
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