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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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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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    OriginalCyn 05-16-05
    OriginalCyn 05-16-05
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    "Bring Back the Adams-Narrated Earlier Version!"

    If you've seen the movie, you ain't seen nothin' yet! The book is an exceptional one to listen to IF YOU CAN FIND THE VERSION NARRATED BY DOUGLAS ADAMS. And the one currently offered by Audible.com isn't it.

    Stephen Fry's a wonderful actor, but he's nowhere near as wonderful as Adams is as the narrator of his own work. As a side note, Audible.com DOES carry the Adams-narrated versions of the rest of the Hitchhiker's Guide "Trilogy".

    The material is truly inspired. Philosophical and down to earth (so to speak). If you've got a post-modern sense of irony but find phrases such as "post-modern sense of irony" pretentious and yawn-worthy -- you've found your pick. It's delightful from start to finish, and offers more food for thought than you might imagine.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ESK Moscow, Russia 06-17-13
    ESK Moscow, Russia 06-17-13 Member Since 2011

    There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    "Don't Panic, it's Mostly Harmless"

    I've listened to this jewel of a book twice already, and I certainly can't get enough of it.
    S. Fry's rendition is outstanding. If you haven't listened to H2G2, you definitely missed a lot.
    Philosophically, the book poses the question: Do we really need to seek answers, or should we simply accept life for what it is? Absurdism is the central theme of the novel, yet events don't actually happen in random order, and even the craziest course of events is congruous.
    D. Adams wrote a brilliant book, more of a scathing satire than an SF novel. It's not just a hilariously funny book, though on the face of it, it is. Adams masterfully employs humor to satirize serious matters. The Guide is a witty commentary on the absurd society we live in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Preston Anchorage, AK USA 03-15-13
    Ben Preston Anchorage, AK USA 03-15-13 Member Since 2007

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    "This version is Brilliant!"

    I'm sure you already know this book is Hilarious, but having Stephen Fry as the narrator takes Douglas Adams' wonderful work to a whole new level. It's like having an entire chocolate cake served to you on a solid gold platter by Sara Lee herself.
    I already owned this audiobook, but I had to buy it again just to hear it read by Stephen Fry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 02-17-13
    Melissa 02-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "too much fun"

    This was a great little read that apparently everyone in the galaxy has already listened to but me. Chock full of hilarious one-liners, The Hitchhiker's Guide takes Author Dent from his unadventurous Earthly existence into an absurd romp through outer space. I generally like my humor a little more interspersed with story, but that's okay because I'm pretty sure about half the jokes went over my head.

    I only listened to about an hour at a time, but the story was short, and made for a few fun afternoons. Recommended for everyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09
    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Hilarious"

    I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout this book. Sometimes when I was trying to make myself not laugh. I loved it, and the quality of the recording was great as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Luis San Juan, PR, Puerto Rico 01-09-08
    Luis San Juan, PR, Puerto Rico 01-09-08
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    "The book that hooked me to Audible"

    I never thought i would be into audiobooks, but this one, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, did the trick. Douglas Adams wrote an extrodinary story of science fiction, with space ships, androids, aliens and more, but within ordinary contexts. And that, i believe, makes the story special and funny. The narrator is superb, especially its Zaphod impression. An excellent audiobook that will not dissapoint, don't be fooled by the movie.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 09-07-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 09-07-07 Member Since 2007
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    "extremely funny"

    I think that 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' is possibly the funniest novel I've ever read and this audio version happily does it justice. Stephen Fry is a terrific narrator! I will say that I had the pleasure of listening to the Adams narrated version and admit that that's the version that I prefer, but this version is very, very good. If you appreciate British humor, (more along the lines of Monty Python and Black Adder than Mr. Bean) you'll love this. There are scenes in this story that still, after multiple readings and listenings, rip helpless laughter straight from the gut. If you can find the Douglas Adams narrated version, that would be my first recommendation, but the Fry version is a close second. Oh, and be careful what you drink while listening... carbonation out the nose is never a good thing.

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    "Stephen Fry does an excellent job reading"

    I read "The Hitchhiker's Guide" books many years ago, and when the 2005 movie was released, wanted to read/hear them again. This audiobook version was just excellent. Well-known British actor and comedian Stephen Fry does an incredible job reading, giving subtle distinctions to the voices and personalities without hamming it up. He really brought the scenes to life for me. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M?rten TallinnEstonia 06-26-05
    M?rten TallinnEstonia 06-26-05
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    "What a great book :)"

    This was a very good book and I enjoyd reading(lisening to be exact) to it. The book was funny and the reader was exeptional. As some words got lost because of my English knowledge the ideas and points still were very clear. I recomend this book to all and have bought the next audiobooks as well ;)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lee California 04-10-13
    J. Lee California 04-10-13 Member Since 2013

    Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.

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    "What is left to be said? `"

    Little can be said about this book that has not already been said. If you are not convinced that you need to listen to this book by now, there is little that I can say to move you. Of course there is Stephen Fry, that alone may move the more recalcitrant. This book transcends the literary heavens in the same way 50 shades of gray does not. Not that I listened to that book. :-0. Just saying. Please do yourself a favor as well as the galaxy and listen to this book. And for God's sake, don't panic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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