Series: #1 in the Hitchhiker’s series
Publication Date: 1979
Read by: Stephen Fry
Oh my goodness. How have I missed out on this one? I can’t believe I haven’t read this before now, but I’m so glad I finally did and I just loved listening to it as an audiobook. Before I was even finished I’d gone to the library website and requested the audiobook versions of the rest of the series. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud when I’m in the car all by myself driving around town (my prime listening time).
Arthur Dent is protesting the destruction of his home in order to build a new bypass when something a bit more important happens. The Earth is destroyed in order to build a new galactic bypass. Only moments before the Earth is obliterated, Arthur is saved by his friend Ford Prefect. It turns out that Ford is an alien living undercover on Earth for the past 15 years. He was working on updating the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and expanding the section about Earth when he got stuck and unable to hitch a ride anywhere else.
Then the really strange stuff starts happening. A two headed President of the Galaxy, a stolen spaceship, a depressed robot, and a girl who’s oddly familiar.
This was part science fiction, part comedy, part fable, and all fun. Originally written as a radio broadcast, it lends itself perfedtly to an audio version.
I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series, but I have to wait for them to be returned to the library.