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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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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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    Costanza 12-12-11
    Costanza 12-12-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent."
    Where does The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite books of all times.

    If you're like me and you listen to those audiobooks while running or walking outside, be ready to get some strange looks as you crack up in public after hearing one of Adams' witty remarks on life, the universe, and everything.

    I feel like this review is almost wasted, as I doubt anyone would change their mind on getting this audiobook based on the comments...


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    Errol Saskatoon, SK, Canada 12-08-11
    Errol Saskatoon, SK, Canada 12-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "amusing story"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    thought provoking silliness


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ironic twists to the plot. The characters are mostly unbelievable, which makes it impossible to foresee how our hero Arthur will escape from his dilemmas.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    The changes in his voice as he switches between the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had heard some of the amusing parts from friends who had read it in the past, so listening to it now had less impact. I did enjoy the solution = 42.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I will listen to the rest of the trilogy. Having heard Douglas Adams speak during some interviews, my expectations may have been to high. As I listened I could not help but ask if there was some deeper meaning to the story that I was missing.

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    alison 12-06-11
    alison 12-06-11

    "Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!"

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    "Owning my inner Geek"
    Where does The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    How did I ever consider my self a fan of SiFi and not read this book? I am a shamed, but have rectified the situation. This is a quirky book which is the foundation of so much SiFi culture. I then jumped to the 1980's BBC presentation and found the book better. Good audio and characterizations. If you are considering the title, Go For It! It's cheese, campy and an essential for this genera.


    What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to and why?

    In the vain of Monty Python.


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    Hoovenson 11-22-11
    Hoovenson 11-22-11
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    "Great book! Great reading!"

    Let me repeat... Great book! Great reading!

    Stephen Fry was excellent in reading his friend's wonderful book.

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    Patricia LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-26-11
    Patricia LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-26-11
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    "A comedy classic with a comic legend."

    I want to be clear with everyone out there, I'm a fan of Douglas Adams. I was a fan before I listened to this audiobook and I'm still a fan now, so my review is a little biased in that I was pretty confident I was going to like this. Stephen Fry is amazing and he captures Adam's wit and British humor perfectly. It probably because he is himself, a British comedy legend. His character voices are unique without being corny and he's just got a flat out amazing voice. This audio book was awesome. Its so f*****g worth the price. It's like a pan galactic gargle blaster for your ears.

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    Diane Midland, TX, United States 10-25-11
    Diane Midland, TX, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Hitchhiker's Guide review"

    I enjoyed the narration as much as the story line itself. Very comical and entertaining.

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    "Christine" 10-19-11
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    "Smart, Hilarious, Insightful Look at Human Nature"

    My kids(10 and 13), my husband and I loved the movie. Of course, we love the books even more. On the surface, the movie and the books seem to be frivolous and meandering but Adams satirical take on human nature is simply brilliant. Don't read this book for a perfect plot. That is not the point. Read these books for the fun house mirror that wittily reflects the ridiculous situations that people encounter every day. We laughed so hard at times that we missed what happened next. We will listen to these books over and over again. It is rare to find an intelligent, funny book that my whole family can enjoy. I recommend watching the movie and then listening to the books. If you do not get any part of the movie's humor, you probably will not like the books. Beware of the Tiger.

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    So Fain Atlanta, GA 03-02-11
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 03-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed listening to this classic..."

    Listened to this on a roadtrip. I enjoyed the audiobook and found myself laughing out loud in several spots. It was a fun listen and made the first leg of my trip fly by. Not the best sci-fi nor the funniest of the books I have read this year but it's a classic that is an enjoyable 6 hour listen. Great book. Good narration. Would recommend.

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    Jan Encinitas, CA, United States 11-05-10
    Jan Encinitas, CA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Weird, Absurd, and Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    This book is thoroughly enjoyable, but is SO weird that some of the chapters are simply gratiutously bizarre. Don't let it stop you from reading it though!

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    Michael moncks corner, SC, United States 11-04-10
    Michael moncks corner, SC, United States 11-04-10
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    "Always enjoyable"

    I've read this book a few times and listening to it was just as enjoyable.

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