Tag: Hitchhiker’s Guide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

by Eoin Colfer; adapted by Dirk Maggs (BBC, 2018)

Colfer_Hexagonal Phase

Colfer’s contribution to Hitchhiker’s probably works better in adaptation—as a continuation of the seminal radio series—than as a novel. Forty years on, the original actors have returned to their recording booths and sound ever-young, still invested in Adams’ cosmic zaniness.



Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless

by Douglas Adams (William Heinemann, 1992); audiobook read by Martin Freeman (Bolinda, 2006)

Adams_Mostly Harmless

An ingeniously plotted novel—by far the most coherent of the Hitchhiker’s books—and one in which Adams at last paid attention to characterisation; but the effect is spoiled somewhat by an incongruous (if by then expected) jokiness in the prose style.



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}

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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 a distinct dramatic production.