Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Book Review

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #3

Released: 12/29/1982 by Pan

Pages:  224 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  



Book Synopsis:

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.
They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.
How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!

My Review:

I have to confess I listened to this book twice.  Not because it was so great but because when I sat down to write the review I realized that I had not paid attention for most of the book and didn’t know anything that happened.  So, I was going to town the next day and decided to go shopping and decided to start the book over again.  It is only five hours long and shopping took up three or four of those so it wasn’t a great hardship.  I liked enough of what I could remember to want to go back and see what I missed.

I did manage to pay a bit better attention for most of the book in the second listening but that final hour and a half I still lost interest.  I’m not going to try a third time.  I did like the book and have enjoyed the series for the most part.  Got to love quirky British humor.  I think the main problem for me was this story was simply a bit disjointed for me. Too much all over the place and didn’t hold enough continuity.  It wrapped up nicely and brought everything around in a full circle but everything in between left me a little lost.

For much of the book, the group was separated from one another and pairs of them were off doing their own thing.  I needed the chemistry of the whole gang together for it to work for me.

I did enjoy the social commentary and observations that I noticed and that is what is going to keep me coming back for the next book.  I’ve also taken a shining to Arthur Dent.  He is such the reluctant hero who just wants a cup of tea and to be left alone while continuously being dragged into this crazy plot.  Loads of fun when I can focus.  Perhaps this is a book that would have worked better for me in print.  I would have missed out on some great narration, however as the reader does an excellent job of portraying these characters.

My Rating: 3 Stars


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