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Life, the Universe, and Everything Audiobook

Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.
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Publisher's Summary

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it, and don't know it!

Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy".

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

©1982 Serious Productions, Ltd.; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading." (The Arizona Daily Star)

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    J. Morgan Richmond, VA 02-03-07
    J. Morgan Richmond, VA 02-03-07 Member Since 2011

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    "It's my favorite of the series"

    This book started out as meast least favorite of the series, but has grown on me ever since. It's now my favorite and, in my opinion, is Adams' most creative Hitchhiker book. Martin Freeman is a top rate narrator. He is much more versatile in his voice acting than I would have thought, has unique voices for each character, and is highly entertaining. I highly recommend this book, or any of this series.

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    Dallas D. 07-03-15
    Dallas D. 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Love Martin as a actor and reader and Douglas Adams. Win,Win combination in my opinion.

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    john 05-28-15
    john 05-28-15
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    "funny!"

    great funny story. classic tongue in cheek humor or life. you will do it over and over

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    C.H. 04-22-15
    C.H. 04-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Absurd and Amazing"

    I read this series many years ago, hearing Martin Freeman read it actually sounds better than the subvocalization voice in my head.

    The only issue with this or any of the other audiobooks in this series is the chapter breaks.

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    Mihai Alexandru Bîrsan Iasi, Romania 09-26-12
    Mihai Alexandru Bîrsan Iasi, Romania 09-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A very fun read if you're hooked on the series"
    Would you listen to Life, the Universe, and Everything again? Why?

    I see myself listening to this book again, mainly because it's very funny. "Haha" funny, not funny like a funny smell. Also, I'm pretty sure I've missed a few details here and there while giggling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was a speck of dust on one of the baseball bats. It stood out because it reappeared every time Arthur was looking away. I think it was Marvin's fault.


    What about Martin Freeman’s performance did you like?

    Martin Freeman was probably the best pick to read this series with, perhaps, the exception of that famous radio news presenter from Han Wavel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually almost did! I started listening to the book on a Saturday morning, and I kept listening through while doing chores around the house. I ended up doing more chores than planned, and I think I accidentally cleaned someone else's spaceship. And ever since, I can't imagine why, my fridge no longer needs electricity: I just need to feed it some restaurant bills.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is definitely the opposite of belgium. (Not the country.)

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    Chad 02-03-16
    Chad 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Done "

    Very good book, well written and a nice continuation of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams worth checking out.

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    Will 11-16-15
    Will 11-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant, Just a Half Step Behind First Two"

    If you've made it as far as book three, no doubt you're a fan of Douglas Adams's delightful world, characters, and humor. If that is the case, you will love this installment as well. The movement of the plot and the interaction between the characters feels just a tad more sluggish here than in the first two installments, but the lasting impression is of the same wacky brilliance that we've come to know and love.

    Life, the Universe, and Everything makes you think so outlandishly about the universe that you'll be inclined to just hang the sense of it and keep yourself busy. This is a worthy installment in a genius series, but a bit shy of being the best.

    On the audiobook production: Freeman continues to impress with his range of character voices. He's a star.

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    anthony hart 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "nonsensical"

    Nat as good as the first two books. There are too many nonsensical details and less story.

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    Samantha 09-08-15
    Samantha 09-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a step down"

    This book is the third of the series and is not what I wanted it to be. I have only read up to this one, but so far it is the least exciting to me. It is not nearly as silly as the first two, and the silliness is exactly what I like about them. It also has an unsatisfying resolution. I am hoping for something better from the next one.

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    Joshua 08-09-15
    Joshua 08-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect quirk"

    Classic Douglas Adams. Mind blowing and hilarious. Clever in a way that most can't fathom.

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