Author: Douglas Adams
Released: December 29th 1982
Read by: Martin Freeman
Received: Library Book
I’ve been going forward with my audiobook run through of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I’ve got to say I’m so happy I decided to do so. This series is a great, fun, and fantastic read, but it’s a wholly new experience to hear them read out loud, especially by a talented reader (the version I’m listening to is by Martin Freeman, for those that are curious).
I actually think that Life, the Universe, and Everything may be my second favorite in the series (my favorite obviously being The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Once again Arthur finds himself wrapped up in a crazy, or should I say absurd, quest that he doesn’t fully understand. You’d think he’d be used to it by now, and I guess by the end of this novel he actually does start getting a good feel for it. Granted certain events really force that perspective forward a bit.
In Life, the Universe, and Everything Arthur goes from being trapped on a prehistoric earth to being at the center of a plot to save the universe, back to a quieter life again. He goes through quite a bit more throughout the course of this book. I actually think this is the one that hits his dignity and opinion of himself the hardest (for obvious reasons I believe).
I love this series for the absurd nature it covers. Sometimes events will happen; even just little things that repeat frequently (like the bag thing) and they’ll never fully get explained or resolved. It’s really the attention to detail that makes the writing for this series so perfect.
I’m really enjoying listening to Martin Freeman read them too. Obviously if you’ve seen the movie you’ll know he played Arthur Dent in it (yes, the Arthur Dent). It’s kind of nice hearing the very same Arthur Dent in the rest of the novels as well. I also very much like the voices he uses for other characters. It’s interesting to see his interpretation of some of them.