Saturday, July 8, 2006

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The latest audiobook and one that my wife has never heard of. What? I cried. This is one of the most famous science fiction books of all time. It was enjoyable on so many levels and disappointing on so many others. It was fun and entertaining, but I guess I prefer my fiction to take itself seriously and try to find some truth rather than just making fun of it all. And are you sure Douglas Adams isn’t a pen name for Michael Palin or John Cleese or one of the other Monty Python guys? Maybe it was the English accent of the guy reading it, but the whole thing sounded like a shallow imitation of a Monty Python skit. I mean, it had everything but the bloody spam.


  1. You might find this book much more enjoyable reading it rather than as an audiobook. I agree that it is fluffy but it has strong British cultural significance (e.g. the h2g2) and is worth delving into. I wouldn't recommend the full 5 book set, however; that really did devolve into fluff -- at least for me.

  2. Thanks, Sue. Every once and a while, I hear people talking about how great Adams is, and I get an itch to pick up some of his other books to see what all the fuss is about, but I haven't yet taken the plunge.