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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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    Amazon Customer 05-31-13 Member Since 2013

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Entertaining"

    I needed to listen to a book like this. The last few books that I listened to were long and heavy.

    It's entertaining. It's humorous. I could have listened to it in one sitting.

    I think I will listen to it again with my young sons.

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    Lyndsey 05-27-13
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    "Next best thing to having it read by the author!"
    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    Yes.


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

    The other books in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best of the series but you've got to start somewhere.

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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-25-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    The writing was witty and hilarious. However, everything was so ridiculous and random that I couldn't really stay interested.

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    Kenya 05-21-13
    Kenya 05-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "All my friends hyped this up"

    I just found it background noise. If the reader was the narrator from the movie I may have been a little more into it. But I just found it dull for something that had such interesting dialog. Even my husband who just loves the book said that something was lost on the reader.

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    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UT USA 05-20-13
    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UT USA 05-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Five-star redundant review after my 1.5th listen"
    What did you love best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    As if anyone needs a review to consider this book, I am here to confirm that the audio performance matches the performance matches the wit of the writing. The distinct voices and timing are perfect and make it a joy to listen to time and again. I have indeed finished this book 1.5 times. (I skipped to start halfway through the second time around).

    There.


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    Linda Blacklick, OH, United States 05-02-13
    Linda Blacklick, OH, United States 05-02-13
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    "Stephen Fry + Douglas Adams = ..."
    Where does The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best British comedy team since Monty Python. If you like dry British wit, this is DEFINITELY the book and the narrator for you. I listened to it while driving down to Florida with my father and brother, and we were all three laughing our a$$es off the whole way down. It should be noted that my brother, my father and I rarely share interests or likes, with one of the few exceptions being Monty Python.


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    JUAN DAZA AREVALO 04-27-13

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

    5 stars for being a classic in sci fy mordacity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vogons are so real in our time but they seem to have a different name...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When a number is given, can say no more.


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

    Every inch of audio.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine how this book was first a radio show. Brilliant.

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    JennTheGamerMom Seattle, WA, USA 04-23-13
    JennTheGamerMom Seattle, WA, USA 04-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A favorite done so, SO well"

    If anyone could manage the wacky names and weirdnes that is the Hitchhiker's universe, Stephen Fry is definitely it. The next book uses Martin Freeman as the narrator and I'm sure I'll love that one too

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    Evan 04-22-13
    Evan 04-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Great Reader"

    Douglas Adams classic read by Stephen Fry you cannot go wrong. Stephen Fry brings his dry humor to a dry humor book. Its a great listen.

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    Michael Encino, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Michael Encino, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The most fun you can have listening to a book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    Listening is better than reading in this case because of all the different characters, and the fact the man performing / reading the book changes is voice for each character.


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

    I know no other book like or even close to what 'The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy' is.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favorite?

    Ford


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

    Probability of you loving this movie is 100%


    Any additional comments?

    You can't not enjoy this book!

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