Tag Archive for Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Live in Concert

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Live at the Almeida Theater, London, 1995 by Douglas Adams (Phoenix Books, 2008) The greater part of this reading (or more accurately, performance) comes in the form of two long excerpts from Life, the Universe and Everything. Suddenly that which seems facetious on the page springs to life and we hear what Adams himself…

Galahad at Blandings

Galahad at Blandings by P. G. Wodehouse (Simon & Schuster, 1964); audiobook read by Jeremy Sinden (Chivers, 1993; 2011) In Galahad Threepwood surely we have the nascent (if more genteel) template for Dirk Gently, and in the comings and goings at Blandings Castle that of Douglas Adams’ much-vaunted fundamental interconnectedness of everything. This is Wodehouse at his fabulous, gab-gifted, exquisite…

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (Pan, 1980); audiobook read by Douglas Adams (BBC, 1990) Like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy before it, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a satirical explosion of SF ideas, its brilliant droll humour being marred (this time around) only by Adams’ determinedly facetious approach to…

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams; adapted by Dirk Maggs (BBC Radio, 2007) Although overly chaotic at the outset (and no doubt baffling to those not already familiar with Adams’ novel), Maggs’ adaptation finds its feet and diverges, becoming a clever piece of comedy. Harry Enfield makes a fine Dirk; likewise Billy Boyd as Richard.  

42 Word Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Macmillan Digital Audio, 2007) [first published by Pan, 1979] {Read by Stephen Fry} In embellishing the riotous and extemporised cerebral peregrinations of the Hitchhiker’s radio series, Douglas Adams crafted one of the funniest (and most-quoted-from) novels of any genre. Stephen Fry’s range of narrative inflections subsequently affords the audiobook status as…

42 Word Review: Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams (MacMillan Audio, 2006) [First published by Pan, 1982] read by Martin Freeman Reprising the vast zaniness and existential satire of the original Hitchhiker’s duology, Adams ups his trademark discursiveness, redoubles his protagonists’ fecklessness and yet achieves an oddly cohesive transcendence (while Martin Freeman’s delivery makes a virtue of Adams’ sometimes facetious approach…

42 Word Review: Last Chance to See – in the Footsteps of Douglas Adams by Mark Carwardine

Last Chance to See: in the Footsteps of Douglas Adams by Mark Carwardine (HarperCollins, 2009) This richly poignant, fabulously Adamsey rare species travelogue rather belies the assumption that Carwardine was a literary passenger on the original Last Chance to See, merely there to undercoat the book with dry facts prior to Adams layering on the funny bits.  

42 Word Review: Doctor Who — City of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss

Doctor Who: City of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss (BBC Books, 2015) Like Douglas Adams’ script before it, this posthumous collaboration appears to have been written somewhat hastily; while it does capture (and at times build upon) the splendour of the 1979 serial, this isn’t quite the much-pined-for novelisation that Gareth Roberts’ Shada was.

42 Word Review: The Frood by Jem Roberts

The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Jem Roberts (Preface Publishing, 2014) The Frood begins with Douglas Adams testing a Nutrimatic-compatible interviewing robot on himself, thereby proselytising the superfluity of book introductions. It ends by pulling the ring-tab on several canned iterations of Life, the Universe and Everything.…