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Just keep laughing and nobody will get hurt! Author Douglas Adams kidnapped an audience and held them hostage for 90 minutes at London's Almeida Theatre. The audience members were subjected to extremely hot August temperatures and Adams's dramatic solo performances of excerpts and scenes from his wildly funny, wildly popular books The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything. LEARN how to fly! HEAR about Arthur and the Irrational Sofa! GROAN at Marvin's escapade with the Frogstar Battle Robot! Adams may have a cult following, but it's the happiest cult around, thanks to his inventive, absurd, and impish humor which comes through fully in this release.
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.

Copyright (P)1996 by Dove Audio, Inc.; A Digital Village Production ©1995

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  • Sean
  • Bedford, MA, USA
  • 12-31-03

A Live Performance

Almost twenty years ago, shortly after The Meaning of Liff was published, a friend of mine called me up and invited me to see Douglas Adams that evening at MIT. When Douglas came on stage he started the evening off with a few stories. He next explained how The Meaning of Liff came to be written and then proceeded to read several definitions. Finally, he went on to read selected excerpts from the Hitchhiker?s Trilogy and afterwards he willingly signed my three paperback books.

I mention the above because I thoroughly enjoyed, and have never forgotten, that wonderful evening. Hearing all the writings/speeches/interviews from The Salmon of Doubt being read was wonderful and it vividly brought that evening back to life for me. So much so that I wanted to listen to Douglas performing live again, so I purchased this audio book.

Unfortunately, this live performance did not captivate me. It is missing the spontaneity and sense of fun that I felt twenty years. This is partly due to my enjoying Douglas?s stories and readings from The Meaning of Liff, missing here, very much. However, I also remember his readings of the Hitchhiker?s excerpts as being funnier and warmer than this performance.

I give this audio book a qualified recommendation. If you have never heard Douglas Adams in person than I think you will enjoy his performance here. However, if you have heard him perform in person then you may feel like me after hearing this.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Not the full story

I was under the impression this was the full book. It is not, however, it is still entertaining.

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So Much Fun!

I originally listened to this on a cassette tape years ago and loved it back then. I’ve since bought this on Audible and have made lots of people listen to it since. I enjoy the live reading and the passion Douglas Adams puts into this. Just a fun quick trip down some fun parts of Hitchhikers. I will warn people though that this isn’t the full story, or from a single book. He reads a few passages from a few books that explains the pot of petunias line from the original.

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Brilliant Writing and Performance

Douglas Adams performing his own writing is fantastic. I usually enjoy authors reading for an audiobook. This is the most entertaining and active reading of Hitchhiker's I've ever heard. Give it a shot! if you like the books, you'll laugh at this.

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A joy to listen

I enjoy listening to this often.
An excellent humorist with a wicked sense of humour!

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It's Fantastic

There is nothing like an author reading their own story out loud. They add a particular fire and passion into their own words. Douglas Adams also added to the wacky, zany vibe he embellished so often. Listening to this recording was a wonderful adventure, hearing my favorite h2g2 scene spoken aloud by Douglas Adams himself. Amazing.

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Read by the author, Good intro to the books

Enjoying the joy author Douglas Adams has in his performance.
I own the big paper "trilogy". This is a good intro to the books!

Even enjoying something new or perhaps I forgot parts.

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Funny but not hilarious.

Sometimes Adams just yells too much. He's relying too much on bluster and not enough on his quick wit.

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A favorite listen to celebrate towel day!

5/25 is International Towel Day and what better way to celebrate than to listen to the author himself read favorite excerpts.

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Wonderful Addition for a Douglas Adams Fan!

Any additional comments?

I love a great sci-fi book. And I love a great comedy. Adams brings both with the Hitchhiker's series. I love the books. This particular book is a concert of Adams favorite sections read by Adams. Its laugh out loud funny and a perfect driving companion. this one is going into regular rotation!

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  • C. G. Brown
  • 04-17-16

Share and enjoy

The Truth, the Whole Truth, & nothing But the Truth . . . . .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee Grant
  • 05-21-15

A chance to hear the definitive version...

This production isn't the type that'll win awards.

This is not an important detail.

It's not glossy, well produced and sometimes the quality of the recording is barely adequate.

None of these are important details either.

It's a chance to hear Douglas Adams read his wonderful prose in a live environment, the literary equivalence of the rock-god slamming his fender in front of a sweaty, thrashing crowd.

The joy of Audible is hearing authors read their own work, the extra detail inferred from an inflection or simple pause adds layers of delicious delight without adding words.

To hear Douglas do this is a treat and if you're a fan of his work then this really does demand your attention.

This last point is an important detail.

Share & Enjoy.

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  • Tyler
  • 02-06-18

Can I give more than 5 stars?

Despite its short length when compared to even the “phases” series, this Douglas Adams concert is a must-listen for hitchhikers fans. I’ve burned through 6 credits this month on that series and this programme, and have loved every minute of listening!