>> Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Series: #2 in the Hitchhiker’s series
Publication Date: 1980
Read by: Martin Freeman
The craziness that began with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy continues in this second volume of a trilogy that is now 5 parts. Douglas Adams was some kind of genius. The combination of Science Fiction, comedy, and fable just kept me giggling as I drove and listened to this one. If you haven’t read or listened to The Hitchhiker’s Guide, do so, then continue with the series. Since they were originally written as radio shows, they really work well as audiobooks.
Arthur Dent of the late destroyed planet Earth and his friend Ford Prefect (originally from somewhere near Betelgeuse) continue their adventures with Trillian (also a refugee from Earth), Zaphod Beeblebrox (the 2 headed, 3 armed ex-president of the galaxy), and Marvin (a paranoid and depressed android).
After that it starts to get a little crazy. The part where the spaceship is seconds away from doom, and the computer is totally focused on making Arthur an acceptable cup of tea just had me giggling all the way home from the store. The titular restaurant literally is a dinner theater where the attraction is the final destruction of the universe. Grammer lessons are included because after all, when you can jump around in time the whole concept of being limited to present, future and past tense is a bit limiting. In the first book we learned that ultimate answer is 42, but what is the question?
The randomness and humor of this is thoroughly entertaining and I can’t wait to listen to the remaining 3 books in this “increasingly inaccurately named trilogy”.