- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (8 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330492047
- ISBN-13: 978-0330492041
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,522 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four: A Trilogy in Four Parts Paperback – 8 Mar 2002
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About the Author
Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.
In addition to Hitchhiker, He is also the author of the Dirk Gently novels: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul and the unfinished The Salmon of Doubt.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had never purchased or listened to an audio book before and I wasn't disappointed. Stephen Fry is excellent and brings every character to life, the story (as ever) is wonderful and for me was the most pleasing part was that my nine year old daughter also loved it (Bringing a whole new dimension to our school run journeys).
If you love Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy buy this, if you have never experienced Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy but like surreal comedy then buy this, you won't be disappointed.
A word of caution however, be careful listening to this in the car as there are moments when you laugh so much.
P.S My second audio book has just been ordered "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe"
Adams said he wasn't much for a plot as such and I suppose that shows. A fixed plot, or the feeling that you're getting somewhere and then actually getting there, can be important for some readers more than others. The 'happy ending' (or unhappy ending for that matter) can be the very purpose of reading for some and those readers may well be left feeling a bit empty by the whole thing.
I have one little recommendation (and possibly slightly personal) though, that's probably obvious to most; don't try to read them all at once. By the middle of volume 3, things do feel a little 'samey' which could take the pleasure away and that would be a shame. After all, there were intervals twixt the writing of each volume, so even Adams took a break!
Its satire at its best. Endless humour and whit great for enticing new readers. The Author has a great take on philosophical and scientific theories without making one bored.
The cover is ugly and therefore I would recommend getting a hardcover as its a book you'll want to keep forever. So might as well invest in one more aesthetically pleasing. I did not let the look remove any stars as the book is that great.
I've added this book to my list of favorite books. Saving up to buy a first edition.
I think my problem is that I didn't find a plot. Adams isn't really known for his obvious plots but there is always some sort of story in the previous Hitchhiker books but this one hurdled around so quick in the first two thirds that I was lost, a tiny bit bored & not laughing at the jokes I would of otherwise found funny. I did find the last third enjoyable and I found myself finally getting into the book as it was just ending, typical really.
I will definitely finish the series and hope that this book isn't an omen for the last two.
This allowed me to re-live some of the joy I felt initially when hearing the words for the first time. Because, despite the somewhat grumpy and morose outlook of some of the lead characters in the early books, it was a deep joy to hear and then read the playful use of language - the surprising turnabouts when sentences didn't end where you expected, the delight of finding robots and computers with more character than the human and human like life forms around them. I was in love with Marvin (weren't we all). What else can you do when reading a sentence like: "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't." than smile.
The final two books are different. The last one particularly shows a move towards a more mature style. For me, nothing can match the first book. Book four was the weakest but I was pleasantly surprised by book five. And I'm smiling again. I hope Mr Adams is sat in the bar of the final chapters, listening to the pub singer. Class!
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Wonderful and wacky. A great book to read for anyone of all ages. A definite must read for sci-fi fans.Published 2 days ago by The Amazon Customer
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