- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 28, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0009JKV9W
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook – Unabridged
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Guide is primarily about the adventures of Arthur, an ordinary average guy forced to leave earth and go on a journey through the cosmos. He is joined by Ford Prefect, a writer for the Guide, Trillian, an astrophycist from Earth, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy, and Marvin, an extremely depressed robot. Over the course of five books, they encounter a wide array of aliens, planets, and towels.
The best element of these books is the humor. Adams is a master of satire, regularing stopping the plot to give a humorous take on everything he can think of. This book is almost impossible to put down it's so funny. The only downside is that he clearly had no idea where to go with the overall plot. After the second book, plots and characters would appear and disappear out of nowhere, and the ending fizzled out. That is the only reason I couldn't give this 5 stars.
This is one of the best pieces of YA literature out there. Have fun.
IT SHOULD BE NOTED that the books are largely unabridged. Three books in and I have found only one alteration. In "Life, the Universe, and Everything", the conversation about the award for "The Most Gratuitous Use of the Word 'Belgium' in a Serious Screenplay" has been altered and shortened. The scene is, therefore, less humorous. I miss it.
This travel guide takes you through a galaxy where even people who look like humans aren't Earthlings. (Well, there are two.) Many species are physically unrecognizable, but you'll discover immediately that many have personalities similar to annoying relatives. Ditto for the planets, the politics, and the galaxy's president. (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was written in 1979. You might want to know that.)
Douglas Adams was an amazing writer. In this version, he explains where he got the idea (a wet field), how much he hated writing, the number and mediums of the many versions of The Hitchhiker's Guides (it began on British radio, Adams being British and all), why most versions differ. Douglas Adams sets the story's canon. If you're not satisfied ... [shrug]. He did what he could.
I'm not a Sci-Fi fan, I'm a story fan who often doesn't know what genre I'm reading until it comes up in conversation.