One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.
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"By turns authoritative as the narrator, bemused as Arthur Dent, deadpan as Ford Prefect and manic as Zaphod Beeblebrox, he [Stephen Fry] makes an altogether appropriate reader . . . The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (The Times)
"A brilliant book, brilliantly read!"
When I saw Stephen Fry had narrated this, I had to listen to it; adn I was not dissappointed!
Stephen reads Adams's dry, sarcastic humour exactly so; with his own dry & sarcastic wit.
He does what the movie couldn't; actually make the book sound plausible (no matter how far fetched & bizarre it really is).
Absolutely recommended listening!
"Fry is excellent"
This is my first audiobook, and it is a fantastic start. Stephen Fry is a very good reader and the story is very enjoyable too. Hopefully Martin Freeman would be good too as I move through the series
"My favourite Audiobook"
This has to be my favourite audiobook I've heard so far! Stephen Fry does an amazing job of bringing Douglas Adams creations to life and gives his unique perspective on everything something special. This is ten times that of the film, and I did love the film. Trust me when I say that this is totally worth a listen. By listening to this audiobook I've totally fallen in love with the story and had to buy the rest, these are read by Martin Freeman instead of Fry but he does a great job.
Plot in a nutshell:
Basically it is the unusual story of the main protagonist "Arthur Dent", a down to earth guy, who gets swept up in an interstellar adventure after the destruction of Earth, saved only by his best friend "Ford Prefect" whom just so happens to be an alien who is writing for an "extraordinary book the: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". They are then carried off on a quest to seek out the ultimate question
" of life, the universe and everything".
Will they find the answer? Get the audiobook to find out.
A great first book to a wonderful series, and read by a favourite, Stephen Fry! Stephen Fry helps make Arthur Dent seem realist and very British! We follow Arthur on an inter-galactic adventure that you sure won't want to miss, but remember to bring your towel
"What a wonderful blast from the past"
It is wonderful to have this story as an audible story and also sublime that Stephen Fry is narrating it. I grew up watching the television series of this book and was amazed at how captivating and original it was - it made me want to be an author ... time I got going then ! A wonderful read - if you have never heard of it, it is a definite must.
"Hitchhikers Guide to the Amazing Book!"
Hilarious, action packed and a great book for all the family! Stephen Fry is, in my opinion, the greatest narrator of all time (which is what led us to this book!), and he tells the story perfectly- from the Vogon poetry skills all the way to Marvin's hysterical moaning. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun, light hearted audiobook. All aboard the Heart of Gold!
There is a long-running debate regarding which is the best medium for Douglas Adams' masterwork, with fans of the radio series battling those whose introduction to Arthur, Ford and the interstellar crew was the later TV series, while fighting a rearguard action against fans of the book. Best not mention the film, which was a brave attempt but ... sorry: no!
Putting my head above the parapet, I'm inclined to suggest that the Audible edition read by Stephen Fry is perhaps the best of all. All the glory of Adams' original words - beautifully crafted, with their rich explanations which are often bypassed (no pun intended) in dramatic works - read superbly by Stephen Fry, and justifies his status as a national treasure.
Fry - a long-standing friend of Adams - manages to incorporate all of the dramatic atmosphere of the radio series, complete with multiple voices which pay tribute to the talents of the actors who played the parts in the radio adaptation, making it immediately familiar while adding a new and welcome dimension.
Highly recommended, and any chance he can be talked into doing the same with the later books?
"Remember your towel"
Well if you have ever read the book, then the storyline will come of no surprise, obviously it's not the same as the Film Martin Freeman starred in. But there is something very soothing and relaxing about Stephen Fry reading in my ears, and with a link that he also did the voice for the book in the film then it seems fitting, I haven't listened to the others in the series yet.
I would highly recommend this book, for new and old hitchiker fans it helps to pass many a boring hours on the train.
"Brilliantly written, superbly read"
I read H2G2 as a child and like to think it has been an influence on my life - certainly my sense of humour!
This version, read by Stephen Fry, is outstanding - capturing all the atmosphere and humour of the written book. Fry does a great job with his accents - at no point did I wonder 'who' it was talking in a dialogue.
I did forget how short the books are though (having read the combined "trilogy of five"), so the combination of short book and over-excited listening got me through it in just a couple of days.
Overall, no hesitation in recommending it!
The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is a literary genius of comedy, you will not regret purchasing this book it will change your outlook on comedy if you haven't already bought and read it you are making a very big mistake it will blow you away and show you a whole different side of yourself.
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