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And Another Thing...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three | [Eoin Colfer]

And Another Thing...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three

An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea....Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time.
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And Another Thing...will be the sixth novel in the now improbably named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy

An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea . . . Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released and colourfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And, of course, he has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

Arthur has, though, finally made it home to Earth. But that does not mean he has escaped his fate. For Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa are evaporating along with the world's oceans. Because no sooner has he arrived than he finds out that Earth is about to be blown up...again.

And Another Thing...by Eoin Colfer is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favourite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer and at least one very large slab of cheese.

©2009 Eoin Colfer; (P)2009 Penguin Books Limited

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    Mr. G.B. O'Dwyer Cheltenham, Gloucestershire United Kingdom 24/10/2009
    Mr. G.B. O'Dwyer Cheltenham, Gloucestershire United Kingdom 24/10/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "Froody"

    I have just finished this absolute gem of a story. I approached this book with a certain amount of trepidation ? how could someone match Douglas Adams unique style and sense of humour. Within minutes all of those worries had evaporated and I was totally captivated. It just kept getting better and better!

    Eoin Colfer has done a wonderful job of writing a new story set in Douglas?s original universe ? he populates it with all of the original characters. The main characters (Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian) make a return, but also many of the ancillary creatures and items get a mention. Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster‎s, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal and the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon Six, all get a mention - Hitchhiker fans will feel right at home. The guide entries ? which for me, was one of the best parts of the original books, are back; funny, clever and as pun laden as ever. These little guide gems are liberally pepper throughout the book and seem to appear every couple of minutes.

    The pace of the narrative is impressive and never seems to drag. The return of one of my favourite characters from the original books (Wowbagger, the grumpy immortal alien whose mission is to insult everyone in the universe) is a real treat and Eoin takes Adams minor character and fleshes him out into a very interesting and comical character as well as being a love interest for one of the original characters. There is also a very interesting weaving of some of the characters from Adams Dirk Gently books into the story, which worked flawlessly and just added to my admiration for Colfers literary skill.

    Colfer also introduces his own new character, the wonderfully named Hillman Hunter - a great character in his own right but also as the perfect foil for Zaphod.

    In brief a good plot and a great read with many laugh out loud moments! Hitchhiker fans will not be disappointed.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bikerdyke 03/12/2009
    Bikerdyke 03/12/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Not quite life, the universe and everythig"

    As far as this series goes, there's somthng missing... mostly Douglas Adams, it must be said.There's an AWFUL LOT of back references that die-hard fans will pick up on, most of which are enjoyable, and many tie up ends within ends.

    Fine narration does not necessarily fill the boots of the full radio drama that went before, but at least it's reassuringly familiar to hear the tones of he original Arthur Dent taking us on to the outer reaches of all possible existences.

    If you're a fan of Dent, Prefect, Beeblebastard (ibid), Trillian and Random Frequent Flyer Dent, as well as the likes of Thor, Vogon Geltz and the rest of the decidedly unearthy characters, this may well appeal to you as it did to me.

    Enjoyable, and certianly in the spirit of the Adams, I'd recommed to followers (not for the first time dabblers).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom 01/11/2009
    Ben Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom 01/11/2009
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    "Really wanted to enjoy it..."

    I feel like more than just a fan of the original series - I knew every square inch of the stories, the characters and the universe of H2G2, so was intrigued to hear about this. However I'm about 3/4 of the way through and have largely lost interest. It would have been difficult for Douglas Adams himself to write another sequel - it's not clear one was really necessary - and while this volume visits just about every character and references every funny line from the original books, it feels like that's all it does: there's little wrong with Colfer's use of the source material, or his writing, but it does feel like much less than the sum of its parts. For one, a rather aimless story makes heavy use of the power of Infinite Improbability and other technologies; while they enable plenty of imaginative soujourns and set pieces, they do so at the expense of any real tension in the events. Also, the Babelfish, the Vogons, the flobbling mattresses and the other exotically improbable beasts from the original books were both imaginative and used to great effect, here the joke is stretched a little thin with the Guide noting new creatures rather too regularly. On the positive side, there's definitely some satisfaction in the in-jokes, there are some great lines, and Simon Jones's performance is really excellent. Overall, though, it feels like five books might have been enough for this trilogy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 03/12/2009
    Sarah Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 03/12/2009 Member Since 2005
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    "Highly entertaining"

    Up there with the originals for invention, humour and fairly biting satire on the perennial obsessions of sentient beings; war, religion, money and sex.
    A great listen, due in great part to Simon Jones' masterly reading. Lovely to hear the original Arthur Dent, and he gave every other character life and animation with a unique voice. I look forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom 21/10/2009
    Matthew Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom 21/10/2009
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    "Entertaining, but..."

    I'm only through part one so far, and it seems good. One thing that grates on me though is the narrators portrayal of zaphod, which seems to rely on saying word after word in the same monotone with awkward spacing. On the whole a very entertaining book displaying the same flair and wit of the originals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom 10/05/2014
    Sally Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom 10/05/2014 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
    Any additional comments?

    This book feels like Eoin Colfer has tried to cram lots of references to things that happened in the previous books - so many as to make it feel almost like he had a list of them and was determined to work them in somehow. Maybe he loves the Douglas Adams books; maybe he thought he'd appeal to the fans. Either way, they start to feel gratuitous - as do the footnotes. There are so many!

    The narrator has Arthur Dent bang on, but is channelling The Fonz for Zaphod Beeblebrox.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Heffernan 08/05/2014
    Sam Heffernan 08/05/2014 Member Since 2014

    I am a musician and avid gamer, I enjoy reading and have been a long time listener of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy radio series'.

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    "A great follow up to the Douglas Adams series."
    If you could sum up And Another Thing... in three words, what would they be?

    the next best thing to Douglas Adams writing it himself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ford Prefect. his smarmy attitude and scheming make him a very interesting character.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Jones – was your favourite?

    Arthur Dent. The original part of Arthur was written for Simon Jones so his performance is spot on perfect.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book was as funny as the previous series. it made me feel like i was in a new adventure with the hitchhikers.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the original series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria KILMARNOCK, United Kingdom 03/12/2013
    Maria KILMARNOCK, United Kingdom 03/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "As close as you can come ...."
    Where does And Another Thing... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top ones


    What other book might you compare And Another Thing... to, and why?

    The original Adams series


    What does Simon Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He takes You straight back to the end of book 5


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way the book starts and explain why our friends are dead and then keeps the story going as you imagine Adams would have is brilliant


    Any additional comments?

    As a true hitchhiker I love this and cant wait to continue the adventure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Swansea, United Kingdom 24/09/2013
    Dr Swansea, United Kingdom 24/09/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost as if he is still here..."

    I was sceptical about whether another person could continue where DA left off - well I shouldn't have worried. When one is happy with the concept of parallel universes, black holes, time/dimensional travel - there had to be someone who could describe hypotheses, discuss alternative realities, argue in a spiral, and amuse in full dose - well done Eoin Colfer.

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    Max Edinburgh, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Max Edinburgh, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2010

    I drive lots, and audiobooks help maintain my concentration on the road. I have mainly SF, self help and the odd comedy book

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    "A very good homage to Douglas Adams Work"

    I loved this extension to the H2G2, Simon Jones (Arthur from the original radio and television series) does an excellent job of rendering all of the characters' voices differently enough that the listener can differentiate between them, and actually well enough that they are different characters in their own right (a very hard thing to do) and surprising to me as the only voice I have heard Simon do is 'Arthur'. He used pretty much the same one in Blackadder as Sir Walter Raleigh, but here his range is broad, from the laid back Ford and almost horizontal Zaphod, to the grunting slosh of a Vogon and other numerous characters.

    SPOILER Warning: below is an exposition of a plot point of the story, but I think it is important, so there.

    My one gripe with the story, however is the beginning; The last book ended with all the characters on Earth II in the nightclub, as Earth is destroyed by the Grebulons. In order that this book not be blank and boring (or even afterlife-y), Eoin gives the characters a breather and they all go about their business and grow old. However, this breather is nothing more than a simulated existence provided by the Guide MkII, where the characters do what they want; Random becomes Galactic President, Trillian becomes a successful correspondent, Ford is at an exceptionally expensive spa, getting drunk every night, but with no hangover the next morning, and Arthur is in a hut on a beach, with tea. However, to me it felt eerily similar to Better Than Life, a simulated existence game in the Red Dwarf franchise, which allows you to live your hearts desires.

    Other than that, the book is great and lovely to listen to on long journeys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ALDARA PARK, South Africa
    17/11/09
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    "Froody Madness"

    Eoin Colfer has done a splendid job of keeping the goofiness alive, and Simon Jones should be congratulated for a superb narration.

    Listening to this book brought back fond memories of listening to the previous Douglas Adams H2G2 books, and I enjoyed the wacky stories and the sense of deja vu created by the plot. I enjoyed the humour but felt that the god-bashing was a little overdone, but not gratuitous. I guess it was required by the plot, and raised some interesting philosophical questions, which I enjoyed.

    This book doesn't feel like a sequel or a "keep the successful formula going" effort. It has plenty of original ideas and feels fresh and froody. I think it brings the series to an elegant close, and it will take a brave man to write part 7.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Siri
    Tromsø, Norway
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    "Slightly sad"
    Would you try another book from Eoin Colfer and/or Simon Jones?

    I love Arthemis Fowl, and I do own all of them, but Eoin Colfer is not Duglas Adems and the story is not as intriguing or as wonderful.


    If you’ve listened to books by Eoin Colfer before, how does this one compare?

    Not at all. I am sorry to say


    Did Simon Jones do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes he is abel to make a good difference between the characters and it is fun to listen to him.


    Was And Another Thing... worth the listening time?

    It is worth it if you walk ore do housework, but not if you sit down only to listen to that.


    Any additional comments?

    It helped to get a closure of the prevues books, but not if you want to have a perfeced book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    EssexUnited Kingdom
    01/11/09
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    "Enjoyable listen, but I fear a thankless task"

    The use of Simon Jones as the narrator goes some way to making this work and feel like a familiar pair of slippers all be it slippers that were bought by your old maiden aunt in Winnipeg and have been languishing unloved in the bottom of your wardrobe for 17 years. I can't help but believe that Douglas would have felt a little cheated as he clearly wished to lighten the despair that for personal reasons dominated 'Mostly Harmless' and this simply doesn't, early promise seems to falter towards the end of the book and it feels like this became an ever increasing challenge for Eoin as the book progressed. What it does do is leave things open for next book!? Could this become an annual event with a new writer each time, after all Eoin Colfer has already ruled himself out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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