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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Live in Concert

Written by: Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Douglas Adams
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Categories: Comedy, Satire
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Publisher's Summary

Just keep laughing and nobody will get hurt! Author Douglas Adams kidnapped an audience and held them hostage for 90 minutes at London's Almeida Theatre. The audience members were subjected to extremely hot August temperatures and Adams's dramatic solo performances of excerpts and scenes from his wildly funny, wildly popular books The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything. LEARN how to fly! HEAR about Arthur and the Irrational Sofa! GROAN at Marvin's escapade with the Frogstar Battle Robot! Adams may have a cult following, but it's the happiest cult around, thanks to his inventive, absurd, and impish humor which comes through fully in this release.
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  • Sean
  • 2003-12-31

A Live Performance

Almost twenty years ago, shortly after The Meaning of Liff was published, a friend of mine called me up and invited me to see Douglas Adams that evening at MIT. When Douglas came on stage he started the evening off with a few stories. He next explained how The Meaning of Liff came to be written and then proceeded to read several definitions. Finally, he went on to read selected excerpts from the Hitchhiker?s Trilogy and afterwards he willingly signed my three paperback books.

I mention the above because I thoroughly enjoyed, and have never forgotten, that wonderful evening. Hearing all the writings/speeches/interviews from The Salmon of Doubt being read was wonderful and it vividly brought that evening back to life for me. So much so that I wanted to listen to Douglas performing live again, so I purchased this audio book.

Unfortunately, this live performance did not captivate me. It is missing the spontaneity and sense of fun that I felt twenty years. This is partly due to my enjoying Douglas?s stories and readings from The Meaning of Liff, missing here, very much. However, I also remember his readings of the Hitchhiker?s excerpts as being funnier and warmer than this performance.

I give this audio book a qualified recommendation. If you have never heard Douglas Adams in person than I think you will enjoy his performance here. However, if you have heard him perform in person then you may feel like me after hearing this.

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  • Duncan W.
  • 2018-08-06

Brilliant Writing and Performance

Douglas Adams performing his own writing is fantastic. I usually enjoy authors reading for an audiobook. This is the most entertaining and active reading of Hitchhiker's I've ever heard. Give it a shot! if you like the books, you'll laugh at this.

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  • W. Fisher
  • 2017-10-24

A joy to listen

I enjoy listening to this often.
An excellent humorist with a wicked sense of humour!

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  • Tyler
  • 2016-09-20

Not the full story

I was under the impression this was the full book. It is not, however, it is still entertaining.

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  • Lou Morr
  • 2020-04-18

perfect listening for social distancing!

I loved this! It was a joy to hear Adams ' voice , he did all of the caricatures . This not from the first book, but selections from other books in the series. If you are a fan you will love this and if you're not, give it a chance.

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  • Nashvillesongbird
  • 2019-03-24

The Enjoyably Mad Ravings of a Wonderful Genius

Having Douglas Adams' voice and his literary spirit as captured in this concertized version of selected excerpts from, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," shows how his creativity made the world brighter place and that we lost his genius all too soon.
This recording leads us on a merry ride of frantic sci fi lore only a person of bright intellect can create.
I am happy this recording is in my collection. I will listen to it over and over again and
I know it will brighten my day each time I do.

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  • Nakul Shenoy
  • 2018-11-27

My Go-To listen!

This live rendition of the Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams is my go-to listen. I have lost the count of how many times I have listened to it (a feature-request if there ever was one, Audible?), yet the hilarity of it never fails to bring many laughs and joy. Even as he is reading, Douglas Adams brings spontaneity to it – and that is magical!

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  • Jeff
  • 2018-08-07

So Much Fun!

I originally listened to this on a cassette tape years ago and loved it back then. I’ve since bought this on Audible and have made lots of people listen to it since. I enjoy the live reading and the passion Douglas Adams puts into this. Just a fun quick trip down some fun parts of Hitchhikers. I will warn people though that this isn’t the full story, or from a single book. He reads a few passages from a few books that explains the pot of petunias line from the original.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-06-07

It's Fantastic

There is nothing like an author reading their own story out loud. They add a particular fire and passion into their own words. Douglas Adams also added to the wacky, zany vibe he embellished so often. Listening to this recording was a wonderful adventure, hearing my favorite h2g2 scene spoken aloud by Douglas Adams himself. Amazing.

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  • Hans Kruse
  • 2017-03-22

Read by the author, Good intro to the books

Enjoying the joy author Douglas Adams has in his performance.
I own the big paper "trilogy". This is a good intro to the books!

Even enjoying something new or perhaps I forgot parts.