Friday, October 28, 2011

Audiobook Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Author: Douglas Adams
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Books on Tape
Edition: Unabridged
Duration: 5 hours, 51 minutes
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Don't leave earth without this story of the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow. The writing of New York Times Best-selling author, Douglas Adams, has been brilliantly successful on both sides of the Atlantic in radio, television, theatre and spoken word audio. 

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

I loved this book! It's hilarious -- I was laughing out loud almost through the entire thing, and I thought it showed some pretty insightful observations about life, people, and the world in general.

It starts off with Arthur, a man from Earth who is trying to save his house from being torn down to build a new bypass on the land. He's friends with Ford Prefect, a man from Betelgeuse 5 who is a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and who has been stranded on Earth for fifteen years. In the beginning of the novel, Earth is destroyed to make room for a sort of intergalactic bypass. However, Ford saves his friend Arthur, transporting them onto a nearby spaceship. Crazy adventures ensue.

At first glance, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy may seem ridiculous and random for it's own sake. However, Adams has crafted a novel that speaks about how it is to live life. Sometimes, weird stuff happens and you just have to go with it. Like Arthur, we will find ourselves in strange situations, completely out of our element, and we will need to figure out a way to get through it. And maybe, just maybe, we take ourselves too seriously sometimes.

As for the narration -- well, it was narrated by Stephen Fry, so I think that's enough to tell you that it's amazing.  He brings such personality to the characters that it's hardly like reading a book at all. Rather, it's more like being a bystander in events taking place.

I highly recommend this book. It's funny, insightful, and a true classic.