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And Another Thing: Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is written by Eoin Colfer and is Part Six of this best-selling sci-fi fantasy audiobook series narrated by captivating English actor Simon Jones. The woe's of Arthur Dent continue as he endures his impossible search for a cup of tea. He’s tossed back and forth through space with only a terribly depressed alien for company. Dent’s wild adventures are coupled with an unending search for the meaning of life off Earth as the planet he longs for is destroyed, then replaced, then destroyed again. Available now from Audible.
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And Another Thing...will be the sixth novel in the now improbably named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea . . . Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released and colourfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And, of course, he has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Arthur has, though, finally made it home to Earth. But that does not mean he has escaped his fate. For Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa are evaporating along with the world's oceans. Because no sooner has he arrived than he finds out that Earth is about to be blown up...again.
And Another Thing...by Eoin Colfer is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favourite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer and at least one very large slab of cheese.
©2009 Eoin Colfer (P)2009 Penguin Books Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 24-10-09


I have just finished this absolute gem of a story. I approached this book with a certain amount of trepidation ? how could someone match Douglas Adams unique style and sense of humour. Within minutes all of those worries had evaporated and I was totally captivated. It just kept getting better and better!

Eoin Colfer has done a wonderful job of writing a new story set in Douglas?s original universe ? he populates it with all of the original characters. The main characters (Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian) make a return, but also many of the ancillary creatures and items get a mention. Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster‎s, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal and the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon Six, all get a mention - Hitchhiker fans will feel right at home. The guide entries ? which for me, was one of the best parts of the original books, are back; funny, clever and as pun laden as ever. These little guide gems are liberally pepper throughout the book and seem to appear every couple of minutes.

The pace of the narrative is impressive and never seems to drag. The return of one of my favourite characters from the original books (Wowbagger, the grumpy immortal alien whose mission is to insult everyone in the universe) is a real treat and Eoin takes Adams minor character and fleshes him out into a very interesting and comical character as well as being a love interest for one of the original characters. There is also a very interesting weaving of some of the characters from Adams Dirk Gently books into the story, which worked flawlessly and just added to my admiration for Colfers literary skill.

Colfer also introduces his own new character, the wonderfully named Hillman Hunter - a great character in his own right but also as the perfect foil for Zaphod.

In brief a good plot and a great read with many laugh out loud moments! Hitchhiker fans will not be disappointed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 15-10-15

A Very Decent Effort

Like many people I approached this with some trepidation. For me the first three Hitch Hikers Guide books were seminal works of my youth. There's no doubt that the concept deserved to breathe again but it had seemed to me that even the wonderful Douglas Adams was struggling a bit with the last one.

What swayed me to buy it was the involvement of Simon Jones, his portrayal of Arthur was always going to be worth listening to again! And so it proved, hearing Arthur's almost permanently confused voice once more was pure gold and overall he does a very good job of narration.

The book itself and the story? I think it was a fine effort, gloriously silly in true HHG style and Colfer managed to capture the Adams humour nicely. The side notes are humourous just like the guide entries in the original stories but possibly were a bit too frequent for my taste and could have been toned down a little. The further development of the Vogons was a particular highlight for me.

I'm in the category of fans that believes Adams produced an absolute masterpiece with the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and no-one is going to match it. But I'll admit that master Colfer has made a thoroughly decent job of breathing new life into these characters.

For anyone new to the series I can't imagine starting here would be the best advice . . . I'd strongly suggest going back to read the previous books first and if still enjoying them you'll get much more our of this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Penny on 17-11-09

Froody Madness

Eoin Colfer has done a splendid job of keeping the goofiness alive, and Simon Jones should be congratulated for a superb narration.

Listening to this book brought back fond memories of listening to the previous Douglas Adams H2G2 books, and I enjoyed the wacky stories and the sense of deja vu created by the plot. I enjoyed the humour but felt that the god-bashing was a little overdone, but not gratuitous. I guess it was required by the plot, and raised some interesting philosophical questions, which I enjoyed.

This book doesn't feel like a sequel or a "keep the successful formula going" effort. It has plenty of original ideas and feels fresh and froody. I think it brings the series to an elegant close, and it will take a brave man to write part 7.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anders on 17-03-18

Great ending of great series

I wish either Martin Freeman or Stephen Fry would do the whole series, but this is still well read!
The story continuous to be funny, sweet and thought-provoking. Confusing end... Wish there were more...

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