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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | [Douglas Adams]

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Whether he's giving voice to Zaphod's zaniness or Marvin's manic depression, narrator Stephen Fry is pitch-perfect (or is that Prefect?). If you've yet to discover Arthur Dent's end-of-the-world antics in audio - Don't Panic! Just grab the nearest towel, plug in your earbuds - and hold on! �Steve Feldberg

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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.") and a galaxy full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

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.

©1980 Serious Productions Ltd; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Jenny Chattanooga, TN, United States 07-17-13
    Jenny Chattanooga, TN, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I was so bored."
    What disappointed you about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    I didn't feel there was any point to the book. There was no character to whom I could connect. The story was very disjointed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Adams again?

    No.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Fry's narration was good, i.e. distinct enunciation and good varied tonal qualities for varying characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and frustration about my wasted time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Oregon 06-30-13
    Heather Oregon 06-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "ugh...it just goes on and on..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just couldn't get into this story the way it was written and the narrator was hard to listen to. I couldn't force myself to finish the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Adams? Why or why not?

    no.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Fry’s performances?

    no.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom!


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Krzysztof Easton, PA, USA 09-23-09
    Krzysztof Easton, PA, USA 09-23-09
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    good narration, recording, and sound quality.

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    Matthew Sherman 04-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Hitchhiker Review"

    A fun and amusing read. I chuckled...several times.

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    Ellen Winfield, British Columbia, Canada 02-09-09
    Ellen Winfield, British Columbia, Canada 02-09-09 Member Since 2009
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    "It's a classic!"

    This rendition is delicious. If you have never read this book, listen to this audible book instead of reading it. It's absolutely wonderful.

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    Thomas Pam Springs, CA 10-06-07
    Thomas Pam Springs, CA 10-06-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen"

    This is the first book I downloaded for free thanks to Leo Laporte and TWIT. It was wonderfully read by Stephen Fry. The story was lite, funny and always interesting. I couldn't wait to turn it on again.

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    Kelly South Lyon, MI, USA 05-22-07
    Kelly South Lyon, MI, USA 05-22-07
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    "Comic Genius"

    Douglas Adams is a comic genius! He puts random, weird and sometimes ridiculous things together to make an entertaining & interesting book. You can listen/read many times and pick up new & even funnier things each time. One of my favorites to listen to.

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    Kenneth D. Green 01-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful!!!!!"

    This book you can listen to over and over as there is always a bit you overlooked or forgot and when you hear it again, it is hilarious.
    I love this book, and the reader.

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    Roman Brooklyn, NY, USA 10-12-06
    Roman Brooklyn, NY, USA 10-12-06
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    "Very entertaining, even post movie"

    I've seen the movie first, and the books is so entertaining. Some scenes in the movie are missing from this book, but they are just prolly in other books of this series.

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    R. Kottke Cross Plains, WI 10-01-05
    R. Kottke Cross Plains, WI 10-01-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Stephen Fry maybe very good but"

    Stephen Fry may be very good but I am very glad that I got it a couple of years ago narrated by Douglas Adams. The older version deserves the 5 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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