Throwback Thursday: Life, the Universe, and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #3) by Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Author: Douglas Adams
Released: December 29th 1982
Read by: Martin Freeman
Received: Library Book
Rating: 4 Kitties

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.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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