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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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.
The other books in this series.
Not the best of the series but you've got to start somewhere.
The writing was witty and hilarious. However, everything was so ridiculous and random that I couldn't really stay interested.
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.
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).
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.
5 stars for being a classic in sci fy mordacity.
Vogons are so real in our time but they seem to have a different name...
When a number is given, can say no more.
Every inch of audio.
I can't imagine how this book was first a radio show. Brilliant.
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
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.
I know no other book like or even close to what 'The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy' is.
Probability of you loving this movie is 100%
You can't not enjoy this book!
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