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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

Publisher's Summary

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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    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 03-03-14
    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 03-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Speechless"

    I was not familiar with this phenomenon until downloading the audio book. It must be the strangest book I have ever been privy to. It is witty and hilarious at times and downright strange at other times. I think it is about the right length because it gets weirder and weirder as it goes on and I'm not sure I could take the insanity if it were much longer.

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    Patryk Rurek 02-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A well read tribute to the book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Fry performed the read incredibly well. His voice was a compliment to Adams writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    The history of the characters


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Fry really brought the characters and story to life with this reading, and he has the best voice for audiobooks I've had the pleasure to listen to so far.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This has always been one of my favorite books.


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    Jay Woodland Hills, CA USA 02-17-14
    Jay Woodland Hills, CA USA 02-17-14

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    "Awesome with the Stephen Fry factor"

    Had regrettably put aside this book because it was fiction from a few decades back. But I greatly enjoyed it from start to end. Douglas Adam's story telling with the element of comedy is pure brilliance. Stephen Fry's voice acting is incredible as well and is I guess, the key to the audio version of the book.

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    Cody Homer, NY, United States 02-15-14
    Cody Homer, NY, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible"
    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    Absolutely, this book is so well written, witty and the narrator is fantastic!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's a tough one, It would probably have to be Ford or Marvin, it was rare that I didn't laugh when one of those characters had something to say.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    DON'T PANIC


    Any additional comments?

    Spend your credit on this book. It's wonderful, you won't be disappointed.

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    Brian Quaranta 01-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Geek classic holds up well"

    Like most junior high school kids inclined toward geek enthusiasms in the early 1980s, I was a huge fan of this book and its sequels, and tried to copy Adams' writing style (in 1983, not in this review). The book holds up well, if its not quite as brilliant as I remembered. Having discovered P.G. Wodehouse in the interval, I realize how much Adams emulated his writing style, particularly the hilarious descriptive analogy. If you like one, you'll probably like the other; Arthur Dent and Bertie Wooster inhabited very different physical environments, but the way in which they are swept through life, with the protagonist as primarily a reactor to events as opposed to an initiator of them, and their reliance on others to get them out of scrapes, is similar. Both authors are very funny although at this point I give the edge to Wodehouse. On the other hand, while both have ridiculous plot twists, there is more "stuff" going on - points being made, philosophy explored, etc - in Adams' work (at least that's my take). The book is a classic now of course so the real point of this is to commend Stephen Fry as the narrator, who does a wonderful job.

    It's very odd that audible has the first book done by Fry, and the second by Martin Freeman. Both are incredible pros and do a great job, but I would have preferred that they pick one or the other! I thought Fry nailed Zaphod Beeblebrox, then Freeman came in with a totally different take that wasn't necessarily any less valid, but was a jarring contrast. I got used to it and it seems that they stick with Freeman for the rest of the books. For what its worth both men do a very fine job with the material.

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    Syed Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-06-14
    Syed Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-06-14

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    "mind numbingly hillarious!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the most enjoyable?

    douglas adam's book, read by an englishman.


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

    red dwarf


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    haven't listened


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, the quote.
    "Useless talk, costs Lives"


    Any additional comments?

    Please read it to your children.

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    Victor Augustine The Great NW - USA 01-04-14
    Victor Augustine The Great NW - USA 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book - Fantastic Narration!"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    Spectacular Sci-Fi Humor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    Overall, Stephen Fry's narration transforms the story and really brings it to life.


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a masterful job narrating and adding an actor's touch to the dialogue. It really is as much of a performance as it is a straight audiobook reading. You can tell Fry loves the material.


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

    Definitely yes!


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    Scarlett 12-28-13
    Scarlett 12-28-13
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    "Wonderfully perfect"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine anyone but Stephen Fry narrating this book. This was a favourite book before I listened to it, and now I love it even more. When I reread it myself, I now hear it in Stephen's voice. Just delightful.

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    Sean P. Jamison Somerville, MA United States 12-24-13
    Sean P. Jamison Somerville, MA United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Douglas Adams + Stephen Fry = Bliss"
    What did you love best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    How do you make The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy even better? Have Stephen Fry read it.


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    Carly Englewood, Ohio, United States 11-15-13
    Carly Englewood, Ohio, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    Absolutely great narrator and a great story! The book is slightly different from the movie, so I was never quite sure what was going to happen next =]

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