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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook

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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    Ben 09-26-15
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    "Silly but classic"

    One of the shortest but most fun listens you'll have with a fantastic reading performance

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    edna 09-26-15
    edna 09-26-15 Member Since 2015

    Horse trainer by day, super hero by night, book lover all the time.

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    "For fans of Scifi who can use a good laugh"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    Bring a towel...no thats theirs...Hilarious space adventure. That will work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are amazing. The range between the nervous Arthur, the adventurous Ford, the dim witted but loveable Zaphod, the resourceful Trillian, and (my favorite) Marvin the manically depressed robot.


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

    Stephen Fry is amazing in almost everything he does and this is no exception.


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

    This is a book I DID listen to all in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Be ready to get the next books in the series :)

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    Christian 09-24-15
    Christian 09-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect for audible"

    I was hesitant to start listening to books, but I felt like Douglas Adams style and story telling would be a perfect starting point. And it was, the voice of Stephen fry matches so well with how I thought the story would sound.

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    Kayla Dunham 09-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephen Fry is incredible"

    If you're on the fence about this, don't be. I've listened to tons of audible books and Stephen Fry is the most perfectly suited narrator to a story I've listened to so far. It plays like Monty Python on tape. This was a very well spent credit.

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    Sterlin Cochran 09-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great performance"

    I really enjoyed this book. It's crazy, interesting, creative, and fast moving. There is not a lot of time wasted on building up. Great style of writing.

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    Krispy 1 Kream 09-16-15
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    "absolutely love it!"

    The book is very interesting, funny, and well written. Stephen Fry is a wonderful narrator! He does a great job showing the emotions of the characters.

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    Steven 09-04-15
    Steven 09-04-15
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    "Hilarious"

    Douglas Adams describes life with unpredictable satire. Stephen Fry narrates with fantastic clarity and character styles.

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    Sati WA 09-03-15
    Sati WA 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible, bizarre, out of this world!"

    There is something very spectacular about douglas adams writing. This story takes you fantastic ride through the galaxy. There's never a dull moment.

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    Chivas 09-01-15
    Chivas 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterpiece"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was the first audiobook I ever listened to and still the one I enjoy the most. I have listened to it several times now and enjoy it every time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor and writing style are immensely enjoyable. The matter of fact way the author doles out the story is just great. The word choices and writing are incredibly sharp. Love it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was initially afraid to leave a review because I lack the words to describe why I love it so much. The characters are distinct, the plot interesting, the humor sharp, and the writing witty. Always good for a laugh. Don't think it is all humor though, the author explores lots of meaty ideas but always in an enjoyable way. Just stop reading reviews and start listening already!

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    Rosie 08-31-15
    Rosie 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "not what I thought"

    but really not bad. I wonder if there is a sequel? Fry dud a fantastic job

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