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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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    Joel C Signor 07-31-14
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    "If you like Monty Python, you'll like this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I knew of the title of this book but had never been inspired to pick it up. I'm not sure what prompted my to add it to my wishlist but I'm glad I did. I loved to sense of humor of the author and though the performance was brilliant.


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

    I would think that anyone who enjoys the dry, silly humor associated with Monty Python would enjoy this book.


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

    I loved Stephen Fry's performance. The character voices enhanced the story and he has an excellent style for the type of humor.


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    Mex Norway 07-15-14
    Mex Norway 07-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    Yes, over and over again. I've listened to this book 5 or 6 times already!


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

    Hard to tell, there are so many great moments.. I do love all the little factoids from the guide that seemingly does not have anything to do with the story at all.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He is a delight to listen to, and he brings the characters to life!


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

    Don't panic, obviously. I did actually see the film before I listened to the book, and even though the book is far, far better, I enjoyed both.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a no-brainer if you like sci-fi. A blast from start to end.

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    Christian USA 07-10-14
    Christian USA 07-10-14

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    "A better film than the movie ;)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the most enjoyable?

    Amazingly hilarious and witty writing met with Stephen Fry's comedic genius!


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

    I'm not sure I can.


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

    Mr. Prosser / P. V. Jeltz / Marvin


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

    Resistance is Useless!


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    Terra 06-04-14
    Terra 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining!"

    This was definitely a fun and entertaining book. It was intelligently written, with plenty of wit. I found myself laughing often during this listen, and at the same time it kept my interest.

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    Nina 05-21-14
    Nina 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Some books just become your best friend. I have a few best friends and I continue to read them over and over again.

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    "Five Stars!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    I love this book! In fact, I make sure that this book is always downloaded on my phone just in case I don't have anything to listen to. I have listened to this book twice and I still found myself laughing out loud. Douglas Adams keeps you entertained and the performance is outstanding. I recommend this to anyone who wants to be entertained!


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    LosBaz 05-11-14
    LosBaz 05-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome book!"
    What did you love best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    I've always heard about this book and I finally got to listen to it and loved it! Stephen Fry did a great job with the narration.


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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 05-10-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 05-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Fun Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the most enjoyable?

    It was cooky, light hearted, and brilliant.


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

    I can't think of any one moment that was the most memorable. It was very entertaining, because it was different!


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

    This is my first by Stephen Fry, but he was brilliant!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed many, many times through this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book it was deliciously quirky, delectably exotic, & damned funny!

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    Michael Kansas City 04-25-14
    Michael Kansas City 04-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Possibly my favorite audiobook!"

    Stephen Fry delivers an absolutely phenomenal narration to what is one of the best books ever written. I've tried to listen to the sequels, but they are just not the same without the brilliant narration by Fry. Honestly, I think that the performance by Fry makes this audiobook the best way to experience Douglas Adams' one of a kind story.

    This book is pure fun. Come discover the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. It is here, right in this book!

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    Steven 04-21-14
    Steven 04-21-14
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    "Love it!"
    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    A million more times. Love this book!


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic job!


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

    all the oddball stuff kept me laughing


    Any additional comments?

    Suggest to any reader/listener. I own a paper, a digital, and a audible version of this book

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    P. Schmid Fox Lake, IL USA 04-17-14
    P. Schmid Fox Lake, IL USA 04-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    This is just how I always hear it in my head. Wait is that a bad thing that there are British voices in my head.


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

    Ford, no Zaphod, wait no, Ford, no Zaphod. Oh to heck with it just listen to the book.


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

    Please no more movies - this can't be adequately captured on film.


    Any additional comments?

    Now they need to get Stephen Fry to narrate the rest of the series.

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