The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Reading Challenge Category: An Audiobook
It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun . . .
Wow, this was a crazy looney toons book! I listened to this on audiobook as part of the Pink and Dizzy reading challenge, and I have to say I’m so glad I did it this way rather than reading the book. Stephen Fry is just brilliant; he does all the different voices just as he does through the Harry Potter books. Zaphod Beeblebrox sounded like Gilderoy Lockhart from ‘The Chambers of Secrets’; he did the same voice for these characters, so that was funny. There were so many genuine laugh-out-loud moments; I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. My mind did wander a little in places, but this didn’t spoil the book, and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything vital. The mind of Douglas Adams is certainly one to be admired with all the crazy, insane madness he came up with. It was just so out there! I can certainly see why this has become a classic. I now also understand the reference of the answer to the universe being 42! I had heard this many times before reading, so it was nice to put this into context finally. I’m very keen to read or listen to the follow-on books, however, Martin Freeman has narrated them, so I really hope he manages to do them as much justice as Stephen Fry did.
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