Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?
Don't miss more from this exciting series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
©2006 Douglas Adams; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"The looniest of the lot." (Time)
"A madcap adventure...Adams' writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy." (United Press International)
"The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings...Adams is irresistible." (The Boston Globe)
I grew up with the audiocassettes of the entire Hitchhiker's series, and loved Doug Adams narration. The story on this one is still one of my favorites of the series, but i do kind of miss the voice delivering the lines that i somehow still know by heart.
Have listened to it several times already!!!! Favorite of the 6 Hitch hiker books!!!
Hitchhiker is just plain fun. I loved the series when i was young. I read it in college, and again in Med school, and again when i started reading for pleasure again, and now I am going to listen to them all.
I cannot wait. I just wish Douglas was alive for more, but I am about to read Coffer's installment (or try) for a 6th book in the series.
Perfectly (il)logical Conclusion
Many people seem to dislike Fenchurch and her relationship with Arthur, but I liked her. She's someone whose nearly as sympathetic as Arthur, but more positive about being different from society.
I've listened to just about all of the Hitchhiker's Guide series and this is perfectly on par with the rest of them. Though, I think his best range as a reader is displayed in Life, The Universe, and Everything.
Inexplicable, the universe is just horribly inexplicable!
The chapter breaks! They don't sync up with the book.
Witty enough to keep your attention gripped, silly enough to make yo smile, but deep enough to keep your thoughts wondering. Full of irony and references to Adam's other books in the series, this one will not disappoint its readers.
In "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish", the tenor of Adams' Hitchhiker series changes. Still lots of hilarity, but also a great, tender and funny description of love, and a rather heart rendering description of the final expiration of the cantekerous, depressed robot, Marvin.
As always, Martin Freeman delivers masterfully.
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