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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Arturo Zapopan, Mexico 11-06-13
    Arturo Zapopan, Mexico 11-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I finally understood why everyone loves this book"

    As anyone living on this decade, I've heard lots and lots about Douglas Adams masterpiece throughout my life, yet I had never given the time to actually read (or in this case, listen) to it. Now that I did, I can't but be mad at myself for not having read this book the moment I knew how to read. It is absolutely amazing, and Stephen Fry's interpretation only made it more enjoyable. This book is a must for everyone, especially science fiction fans who will see many winks threw their way along the story.
    I do plan to keep reading the following books, but not on Audibe. I've read many bad reviews of the narrator of the following books, so I guess I'll go for the ebook version next. I want to keep Fry's excellent voices as my mental soundtrack for the next ones.

    So go, read this, share this, and carry on hailing at Adams. I finally understand you guys :)

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    Sarah 10-15-13
    Sarah 10-15-13
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    "too little, too late"
    What would have made The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy better?

    while the narration of the book and story were fine, i was sadden when i reached the "end" to realize that this was only one part of the much longer unabridged version of the book. I should have paid better attention i guess but i didnt and it was too little, too late. Maybe one day i will actually hear the whole book instead of just a piece (though it really should be labeled as such. I.e. Part 1 etc.)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Gamez San Diego, California, United States 09-02-13
    Jacob Gamez San Diego, California, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't Panic"

    Adams' genius is in the flawless integration of his witty form of intelligent humor and a delightfully outlandish story which coalesce into what can only be described as an incredibly quirky book that is easy to fall in love with. When I reached the end of it the only complaint I had was that there wasn't more; the 5 hrs and 51 minutes fall short of a full dose of the universe present in this story, especially for seasoned listeners who are used to listening to much longer books. As far as the narration goes, Stephen Fry does no less a superb job as he ever does with anything. If you like the more recent episodes of Doctor Who since Stephen Moffat joined the payroll you will almost definitely love this book. It is a fantastic story with a terrific narrator, and I highly recommend it.

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    MAK 08-04-13
    MAK 08-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Third Time"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    Prefect, Exciting, Adventurous


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book, that I have read, and listened to by two different speakers. I thuroughly enjoy Stephen Fry's rendition, and his accents and characterizations he adds to the plot. It was the most fantastic rendition that allowed my mind to wander and follow much like a visual movie. Best version yet.

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    John F Chandler, AZ 07-31-13
    John F Chandler, AZ 07-31-13
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    "Great Audio Book- 1st time hearing it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    Can't answer- never read it.


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

    Too many.


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

    The English accent, his dramatic ability, and his wittiness.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Get it! NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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