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


Monday Check-In: Errands…

Monday Morning Check-In

Good evening everyone.  Sorry today’s post is late my morning was busy running errands for my husband and by the time I got home I was tired, mentally, and needed a little time to myself.  My busy weekend started on Friday when a friend and I went to town shopping and then Saturday my husband and I took our lives into our hands and went to town in a snow store on really crappy tires.  Do NOT buy Hankook tires if you live anywhere where it can snow over a dusting.  You will be in serious trouble.  Sunday the snow continued and the search for tires that would not kill us this winter or total our brand new car began.  The car is only a year old and these Hankook tires are what the manufacturer puts on them.  Should have been good for another 30,000 miles but they look as if they are bald on 26K.  Saturday on about an inch of snow was the most terrifying ride I have ever taken, and I’ve driven across the state in a blizzard before.  We were all over the road when other drivers were blowing by us.  Anyway, everything will be fixed soon and now we know to stay far away from that brand of tires.  Frustrating that we have had the car about a month and already have to put new tires on it but safety is number one priority, especially now that we do not have a truck.

On the reading front, I am really into science fiction right now.  Finding myself lost in books again so I am just going to go with it.  Spent a little money on books over the weekend.  Picked up J.R. Ward’s latest release and picked up some hard to find titles on eBay last Sunday.  I’m going to count them as my Christmas presents.  Somehow the scales seem out of balance with hubby getting a car and new tires, but that’s okay.  I also picked up some new toys for the kittens, like they need them, that I am going to save for Christmas day and get them all inside to play.  Well, that’s all I got.  I hope you all have a great week, happy reading!