The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 5 hours and 51 minutes
Author Douglas Adams
Narrator Stephen Fry
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date April 28, 2005
Publisher Random House Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0009JKV9W
Best Sellers Rank #251 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Humorous Science Fiction (Books)
#1 in Humorous Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#5 in Humorous Fiction & Satire

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5.0 out of 5 stars Books Are Superior To Moving Pictures: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
By Christopher P. on October 12, 2022
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy never appealed to me, beyond the opening sequences where a human (Arthur Dent) is pulled from our planet which is soon to be pulverized to make way for a galactic freeway. I like that concept, but then was turned off by the various space creatures that come next in the television and movie adaptations of this story. I don’t think I ever made it through to the end of even one of these. They were just too weird
So I never bothered to read Douglas Adams’ novel. I assumed I knew all that it had offer: a pleasing narration, a great premise, and oddball characters that eventually consume the best of what the story has to offer. Of course, I was wrong.
Where the moving picture versions allow the director to explore one vision of this tale, my mind can create many alternate ideas. My imagination soared into space this time as I read the story, following along with Arthur and Ford Prefect. The aliens as described in the book don’t overwhelm the story, but instead complement the adventure. The novel still has that fantastic setup, plus the wit of narration, but the book also maintains a focus on the plight of the humans that I didn’t encounter in the film adaptations.
This story is one of the most pleasant that I have ever read, although it builds towards surprising profundity as we experience the frailty of human existence. Adams tosses deep and complex ideas into the mix much more often as we near the end of this adventure and, as many other reviewers have pointed out, it all ends too soon.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hyperspeed straight to Red Dwarf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the Radio Series
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