The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
I’ve never had much of an interest in reading classic science fiction. Much of it just doesn’t appeal to me and it has SUCH a rabid fan base that I fear if I don’t enjoy a much loved classic that I’ll be shunned. As a result, I’ve steered away from gems like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. However, since SYNC offered it for free and the fact the theme for ICON is Hitchhiker’s Guide, I felt a weird obligation to tackle it.
First off, Stephen Fry does an excellent job narrating the story. Most of the time I was engaged and chuckling along with the story. Some of the oft known pop culture references snapped into place and I felt like I finally understood WHY one must simply carry a towel everywhere.
I disliked the number of side stories that popped up throughout the narrative. Many times I found them annoying, I just wanted Adams to move forward with Arthur’s story. And while some of the side stories provided some history about the universe at large, I felt that they were a distraction. (It also led to bit of an argument between my husband and I as we were listening to this one our road trip to Northern MN. We were trying to properly remember if, based on a side story early in the book involving the babblefish, if God really did exist.)
Anyway, I did enjoy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It was worth the listen even if some of the humor may have been lost on me and the side stories were a bit distracting. Now excuse me while I go towel shopping. I’ll be back soon.
The Quick Book Review
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyAuthor: Douglas Adams
Published on: October 12, 1979
Length: 6 hours
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1
Genres: science fiction, adult, humor
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My Rating: Thumbs Up