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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

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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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    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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    Baton Rogue Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-27-10
    Baton Rogue Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-27-10

    The Rational Conservative

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    "I may not know much about lit..."

    I may not know much about literature, and I can prove it, but then again why should I.
    The Baton Rogue

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    "What can I say"

    The Hitchhikers guide. Read by Stephen Fry. It had to be five stars, and it so very much is five stars. To bad that the other parts are not read by Stephen.

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    Crystal Racine, WI, United States 10-05-10
    Crystal Racine, WI, United States 10-05-10
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    "I am in LOVE..."

    This was my first experience of Douglas Adams and I went out the next day and downloaded the other 4 books. I am a physician and while I was doing a rotation through the Medical Examiners office, I came into contact with many fans of his work which was quoted on a daily basis. After listening to this book, I know why. The narrator was entertaining and I was laughing out loud the entire series.

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    Bill Green 10-02-10
    Bill Green 10-02-10
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    "Perfect book for a road trip"

    This is the kind of book that allows your imagination to fully participate in the magic of the book while the jokes/commentary/satire keep you laughing and awake for long stretches of road. Kept us occupied on an all-night drive from Mexico to Colorado.

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    Ben Marietta, GA, United States 09-12-10
    Ben Marietta, GA, United States 09-12-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Monty Python in Space"

    The title says it all. It is a long, sci-fi, Monty Python sketch. Fry even reads as if he were John Cleese returning a dead parrot. If the idea of that appeals to you, you will undoubtedly love this book.

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    Michelle raleigh , NC, USA 07-09-10
    Michelle raleigh , NC, USA 07-09-10
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    "Just weird"

    I know this is a cult classic, but I didn't get it. I think too much I guess.
    My husband loves it.

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    Michael Simi Valley, CA, USA 01-17-10
    Michael Simi Valley, CA, USA 01-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding and unique"

    I had never read this book before despite playing the text based game on the Atari home computer years ago. I was delighted at how enjoyable the book was. I have never seen any of the TV shows or films based on this book, but they would be hard pressed to live up to the high standards set by this book. The narrator really adds to the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this one.

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    Nathan Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada 11-15-09
    Nathan Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada 11-15-09
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    "Great Book and Narrator"

    Listened to the book, then watched the film. The film was, in comparison, no where near as good as the book. So if you've only watched the film and think it would be pointless to get this - you're wrong!

    Don't panic!

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    Leslie A. Foote Monterey CA 06-12-08
    Leslie A. Foote Monterey CA 06-12-08 Member Since 2006

    hospice doc

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    "star trek meets the big bang meets monty python"

    It's amusing for awhile and then it gets kind of pointless. You can't but see that it is a clever book but the level of absurdity you have to be deluged with takes tolerance. The narrator is quite good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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