A few weeks ago I finally finished Douglas Adams’ Life, the Universe and Everything. It’s a book I’d long wished to read, but which my long hours at the old job simply didn’t accommodate. Now, the lengthy commute to the great new job provides an opportunity to ‘read’ through audiobooks.
The book was very enjoyable, so much so that I listened to it twice. Part of my pleasure in listening to the story can be credited to the narrator, Martin Freeman. Freeman did not just read the story, but brought life to the dialogue. This could not have been easy, in light of Adams’ style – he uses much made-up language, and delights in creating fantastical names for bureaucracies and scientific theories (Bistromathics, for example).
I enjoyed the book itself. Douglas Adams writes amusing, wry and intelligent prose, and while the science might be questionable the entertainment value encourages a delightful suspension of disbelief.