Published by Random House Genres: Comedy, Science fiction
Length: 5 hours, 51 minutes
Source: Library or Borrowed
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
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; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of those books that I read after watching and loving the movie. And In this case I was surprised to find that I actually preferred the movie. Maybe it was because the great comedy of it came across so much better on the screen. Plus I admit I enjoyed the voice of Marvin the depressed robot much better in the movie then I did in the audio book. Still both were very good.
I do have a confession tho, I don’t normally go back and read the books if I’ve watched the movie version first. Which is odd since of I’ve read a book and then a movie is made I’ll always want to watch it.
If you haven’t read this book I would definitely recommend going with the audio book version rather then print. The voice acting is fabulous and it is such a short audio book that it would be perfect for a road trip and give you plenty of laughs along the way. Not a chance would you be nodding sleep at the wheel!