Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 1)
Author: Douglas Adams
Format: Audio Book
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+
Summary: The Earth is doomed. Plans were submitted to clear a pathway through the solar system for an intergalactic highway long ago and left where anyone could see them. It is not the fault of the aliens that the people of Earth didn’t care enough to go see the plans let alone petition the plans. Only two humans escape their fate, but all the dolphins are safe. Whew!
Why I started this book:
I saw the movie, liked it well enough, but knew the book would be better.
- I love the humor. It is clearly the driving force of the story. To share any of it, takes away from the experience so I will keep my favorite pieces of wit to myself.
- Part of the humor is the absurdity levels, Douglas Adams is willing to go too and it works. Repeatedly.
- The core characters: Arthur Dent (luckless and clueless Englishman, last human male alive), Ford Prefect (an alien named after the car), Zaphod Beeblebrox (President of the Universe), Marvin (the depressed robot), and Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillian, the last human female).
- The part about God and debating His existence.
Last minute thoughts: Not long enough! Good thing there’s more to this series. I sincerely hope I like them just as much.
Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests