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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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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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    Stephanie 02-27-16
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    "classic"

    Stephen Fry did and amazing job narrating. he really brought this crazy, wonderful, nook to life

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    Alexicon PA 02-24-16
    Alexicon PA 02-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "one of my favorites"

    it's the first of the trilogy. excellently done. wish it would've been the full version.

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    PhantMFox 02-15-16
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    best time of my life I've had In awhile! so much fun, haha. great book, pace , etc. I'll download anything, well worth purchase!

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    Angel 02-04-16
    Angel 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great read"

    this was a great book and still makes me laugh when I look back on it!

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    Brynja 02-02-16
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    "The only thing better than reading the book"

    Really, the only thing better than reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is listening to Stephen Fry read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to you. There isn't much more to say than that. If you've read the book and liked it, give this version a go. If you read the book but didn't like it, still give this a go, it might surprise you. And if you've never read the book, definitely give this one a go!

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    Luíza LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 02-01-16
    Luíza LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 02-01-16
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    "Great content, bad interface delivery"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was definitely for me, but this was, by far, the worst experience I had with Audible. It's a technical matter: while other books I had listened too was tightly packaged with every chapter belonging to a file of its own, which I could skip and control according to my needs, this title decided to deliver huge chunks of chapters compiled in 5 hour-long files. So, if you wanted to go back to Chapter 17, for exemple, you'd have to guess in which of the big files that particular chapter was and, then, find it manually using the progress bar. That was extremely irritating. I love to listen again to my favorite parts, and those I don't recall very well, and I don't want to bookmark the whole file. So, the whole experience was unnecessarily stressful.


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

    The whole explanation regarding the mice experimenting on us is just amazing, terrifying and funny as it can be. The narration brings it home at that point.


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

    Stephen Fry's narration is spot on, with interesting nuances that the movie didn't get, for example. At some scenes, he channeled his inner-Dalek and inserted new levels to already great jokes.


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    Jussi 01-31-16
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    "Stephen Fry is a perfect reader"

    Reader is absolutely wonderful and perfectly fit for this great book, but I disliked how chapters weren't in their own "audible chapters", meaning when I choose for example chapter 2, it actually included many different chapters from the book. So it wasn't very pleasurable to navigate.

    But that's a small minus, otherwise great listening to this!

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    Ho 01-28-16
    Ho 01-28-16
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    "Classic"

    A great book read by a great performer. I would definitely recommend this to any sci-if lover out there.

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    Kat 01-27-16
    Kat 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh man, what a ride!"

    I think this is currently in my top 3 favorite audio books ever! I've read this book over a time or two, it's true... and I sought this audio title out for the reason of listening to a favorite. And I loved it. Stephen Fry, you sir are fabulous.

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    Alexandra D. Florida 01-27-16
    Alexandra D. Florida 01-27-16 Member Since 2013

    A voracious audiobook reader who tries to make the most of her daily 2 hour commute.

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    "This book imprints on your soul."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recently re-read this as a refresher and it was just as good now as it was 10 years ago. The quick wit, humor and perception of Douglas Adams transcends time and space. Just like many of his characters. So many little references in it that have turned out to be dead on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor. It makes you laugh out loud.


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

    His distinctive voice hits all the lines as Douglas Adams intended; he did a wonderful job.


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

    Yes


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