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.
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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...
thought provoking silliness
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.
The changes in his voice as he switches between the characters.
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.
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.
"Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!"
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.
In the vain of Monty Python.
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.
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.
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.
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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