The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
- Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date:
- 10 May 2012
- Science Fiction
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My new job, sitting in front of a computer clicking numbers, allows me to listen to my iPod all day. Most people there have earbuds in their ears all day long, as stare at their computers. It's all very Fahrenheit 451. BUT it is awesome because now, although I have much less reading time, I can consume more literature than usual thanks to the wonders of audio books!!I started and finished "Hitchhiker's Guide" today. It was so dang good! I kept laughing out loud; the writing is so witty!! The version I listened to was narrated by the author and he did such an amazing job with the voice expression, joke inflection, and sound effects. I just loved it.
Honestly one of the funniest books I've read in a long time! I loved the movie, but the books are SO much better. Adams has a wonderfully conversational writing style that keeps you from realizing how little dialouge is in the storyline. The more mentally alert you are when you are reading the funnier the book will be. Several times in the book Adams references random bits of common knowledge or plays around with cultural cliches. If you can keep an open and active mindset, then you'll catch all the humour. If not, then you'll be able to read the book repeatedly while finding something new every time!
Arthur Dent is having a bad day. His house is torn down to make room for a highway, his friend, Ford Prefect, turns out to be an alien, and the Earth has just been destroyed by Vogons to make way for an interplanetary highway. With Ford, Arthur hitchhikes around the universe with only a guidebook and a towel. What is the meaing of life, the universe, and everything? 42, of course.First in a "trilogy" consisting of five books. Adams' worldview is actually very dark. He did not have an optimistic opinion of human nature. However, the books are so silly that you don't realize how depressing they aactually are until you get all the way to the end. I love, love, love this book.
If you want to really laugh and think at the same time - this is for you. A classic that everybody should read.
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