Discover a New Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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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.


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Discover a New Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams
Published on: October 12, 1979
Pages: 216
Length: 6 hours
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1
Genres: science fiction, adult, humor
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

About Douglas Adams

Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams' death. The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams. He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials "DNA".

In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series. Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones. A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.

His fans and friends also knew Adams as an environmental activist and a lover of fast cars, cameras, the Macintosh computer, and other "techno gizmos".

Toward the end of his life he was a sought-after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment.

(from GoodReads)