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Eoin Colfer has done a splendid job of keeping the goofiness alive, and Simon Jones should be congratulated for a superb narration.
Listening to this book brought back fond memories of listening to the previous Douglas Adams H2G2 books, and I enjoyed the wacky stories and the sense of deja vu created by the plot. I enjoyed the humour but felt that the god-bashing was a little overdone, but not gratuitous. I guess it was required by the plot, and raised some interesting philosophical questions, which I enjoyed.
This book doesn't feel like a sequel or a "keep the successful formula going" effort. It has plenty of original ideas and feels fresh and froody. I think it brings the series to an elegant close, and it will take a brave man to write part 7.
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I wish either Martin Freeman or Stephen Fry would do the whole series, but this is still well read!
The story continuous to be funny, sweet and thought-provoking. Confusing end... Wish there were more...
I have just finished this absolute gem of a story. I approached this book with a certain amount of trepidation ? how could someone match Douglas Adams unique style and sense of humour. Within minutes all of those worries had evaporated and I was totally captivated. It just kept getting better and better!
Eoin Colfer has done a wonderful job of writing a new story set in Douglas?s original universe ? he populates it with all of the original characters. The main characters (Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian) make a return, but also many of the ancillary creatures and items get a mention. Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal and the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon Six, all get a mention - Hitchhiker fans will feel right at home. The guide entries ? which for me, was one of the best parts of the original books, are back; funny, clever and as pun laden as ever. These little guide gems are liberally pepper throughout the book and seem to appear every couple of minutes.
The pace of the narrative is impressive and never seems to drag. The return of one of my favourite characters from the original books (Wowbagger, the grumpy immortal alien whose mission is to insult everyone in the universe) is a real treat and Eoin takes Adams minor character and fleshes him out into a very interesting and comical character as well as being a love interest for one of the original characters. There is also a very interesting weaving of some of the characters from Adams Dirk Gently books into the story, which worked flawlessly and just added to my admiration for Colfers literary skill.
Colfer also introduces his own new character, the wonderfully named Hillman Hunter - a great character in his own right but also as the perfect foil for Zaphod.
In brief a good plot and a great read with many laugh out loud moments! Hitchhiker fans will not be disappointed.
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Like many people I approached this with some trepidation. For me the first three Hitch Hikers Guide books were seminal works of my youth. There's no doubt that the concept deserved to breathe again but it had seemed to me that even the wonderful Douglas Adams was struggling a bit with the last one.
What swayed me to buy it was the involvement of Simon Jones, his portrayal of Arthur was always going to be worth listening to again! And so it proved, hearing Arthur's almost permanently confused voice once more was pure gold and overall he does a very good job of narration.
The book itself and the story? I think it was a fine effort, gloriously silly in true HHG style and Colfer managed to capture the Adams humour nicely. The side notes are humourous just like the guide entries in the original stories but possibly were a bit too frequent for my taste and could have been toned down a little. The further development of the Vogons was a particular highlight for me.
I'm in the category of fans that believes Adams produced an absolute masterpiece with the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and no-one is going to match it. But I'll admit that master Colfer has made a thoroughly decent job of breathing new life into these characters.
For anyone new to the series I can't imagine starting here would be the best advice . . . I'd strongly suggest going back to read the previous books first and if still enjoying them you'll get much more our of this one.
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