The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.") and a galaxy full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 51 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 28, 2005|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
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#158 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Humorous Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Humorous Science Fiction (Books)
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But, alas, the book is more complicated than that. It is more like, what if you know for certain that identifiable flying objects piloted by alien beings are in close proximity, and you have the coded electronic transporter boarding pass device, granting you unlimited access to go anywhere in the universe, right there in your hot little hand.
You find that this quite interesting group of individuals demonstrates great camaraderie and superlative rapport in their timely interactions. They provide keen insight, regarding their interpretations of recent events and take on a variety of pertinent subjects. Such as: "what should we do next in order to survive imminent disaster?"
Basically, they learn to get along exceedingly well together as they travel through the galaxy in a space ship they've somehow managed to commandeer and fly out to distant points as yet unknown. The space ship, incidentally, as it turns out, incorporates the latest and greatest technology ever seen anywhere.
Again, the book is cleverly written, of a deeply philosophical nature, and incredibly fun to read. I'd recommend it to anyone. "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" is the next title in the book series.
R. Royce saw the note attached to the refrigerator with a small magnetic ornament in the shape of a wild-flower. It read, "We decided to let you sleep in. Be back in a jiffy with your truck of chinchillas."
"Good morning, Royce," said Cornelius Korn. "Are you ready to travel?"
"Where is everyone?" asked Royce.
"They went to gas up the vehicles for the trip to Minnesota. As you know we need to deliver four truck-loads of the cute, cuddly critters to the new chinchilla ranch up near the Canadian border," explained Korn.
"I thought we were still in the early planning stages for that assignment," said Royce. "How'd you get the ball rolling so fast?"
"In case you weren't aware, the democratic process can work miracles in times of great need. The majority voted we go now," said Korn. "Plus, we have just received a sizable cash advance on our proceeds, the amount we get upon final delivery."
"Apparently, you didn't need my vote," said Royce. "Doesn't matter. I'm all for the plan."
"The Montana rancher sold us all of his chinchillas, but he's holding on to the minks and sables," said Korn.
"Makes perfect sense to me," said Royce. You can make very expensive, complete fur coats out of mink or sable. They manufacture the chinchilla fur hides into fashionable leather coat collars, hats, gloves, and accessories. It involves different manufacturing processes entirely."
"Some people keep them as pets, as well," added Korn. "They're docile, playful, and curious. Intelligent creatures."
"You say that we're delivering paired couples of chinchillas to the rancher in Minnesota?" asked Royce. "And we get a share of the profits for the first litters?"
"That's right," said Korn. "$20 bonus, for each baby chinchilla born upon or after arrival at the destination. $80 each, for the red-haired, striped, or spotted blondes. That's because they're rarer breeds and much in demand."
"I can see how this venture might prove profitable," said Royce. "What do the girls have to say about our travel prospects?
"Mostly, they want to experience fine dining along the way, stay in scenic hotels, and go to the International Mall in Minneapolis," said Korn. "Who can argue with their logic?"
"Not me," said Royce. "Here they are now. Let's get this show on the road. Shall we?"
"We're all fueled up and ready to roll," said Raquel Remington. "I've been thinking about those chinchillas. Maybe we should do some additional research."
"I agree," said Alexis Sue Shell. "There may be a big demand for chinchilla oil in the field of medicine."
"Or, for the wild, musky chinchilla scent, in the perfumery industry," continued Raquel.
"We'll definitely have to look into the matter and make discrete inquiries accordingly," said Korn, nonchalantly. Which probably meant that he had other sticks in the fire, as well. For all they knew, he might already have sold some of the cute, furry creatures to NASA for their Mission to Mars program. His next detour: The Biology Unit, Life Support Section, Advanced Obscure Scientific Research Corporation, a subsidiary of NASA. It was inevitable, and so conveniently nearby the chinchilla ranch.
I got 33% of the way through (says Kindle) and had to put it down. It wasn’t funny. There was a loose story though every time the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” info came up I couldn’t even follow what it was talking about.
I can’t figure out why it’s on the “100 Books You Must Read List.” Shrug.
The main characters have no arc, Arthur and Ford are the same at the beginning of their story as at the end.
In addition, the only time the mains characters impact the story is at the beginning when they decide to beam off Earth. Actually only Ford influences the story at that point.
After that, Arthur and Ford don’t have any impact on the story, they are merely passages on the story train as the story train continues on its rails to the next scene; intermixed with a comedy skit.
The comedy skits are funny and the book has a lot of quotable lines. But as a good story? Mostly harmless!
I've read similar books tonally e.g. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett discworld novels, and those were pretty good. This on the other hand just didn't drive the story in a way that would get you engaged from start to finish. It felt like it was trying too hard to be funny (it had funny moments I will admit) but just couldn't get me to move past the next page and care about the characters.
I won't say not to read or buy this as obviously smarter people (or more people) than me have rated it high in reviews. Probably give it a try and if it's not for you then its not.
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Curiously I know all the names of the characters and their peccadilloes and could chat with friends about them knowingly sharing the in-jokes of a dedicated reader.
I tried again in my 30s thinking that I’d better fill in the gaps, but again failed.
I’ve just finished it after the third try. Lucky? Not sure. I can still see why I could not make progress in the past as it was just as hard to pick up this time around. I have read four books since the beginning of the year and this was the hardest.
Why didn’t you I get on with this book? It’s not that I don’t embrace silly, or there weren’t chuckle moments but after much deep thought, the answer to the question has to be: ‘I can’t put my finger on it.’
Don’t let that put you off.
I'd heard great things but I couldn't get into it, my mind kept drifting, i looked for the humor but couldn't find it (was it where the British guy wanted a cup of tea on a spaceship?).
It just didn't hold my attention im afraid which is a shame as its such a cult classic.
A splendidly funny and silly book, quite a successful novelisation of the Radio Series.
Note that the extracts from the archives come right at the end of Chapter 35, and are interesting, especially the fax from Douglas to the American script editor, explaining why some things shouldn't be changed. For some reason, they're not listed in the table of contents.
Most of it sounded, in my head, like extremely well improvised, composed and delivered gibberish and not much more than that.
To be absolutely fair, this might simply not be my type of humor, hence my not finding it truly funny or amusing, although there were about three to five at the most instances throughout the book that did instigate that LOL outburst.
All in all, it is a pretty decent read. Particularly for the ages around 20 or less.
However, specifically with regards to all the hype surrounding this book, I, personally, couldn't possibly justify it.