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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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    Jason Castelli 07-21-15
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    "Great book!"

    Every bit as fun and adventurous as I remember reading it when I was young!

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    Christopher 07-21-15
    Christopher 07-21-15
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    "a classic, nicely performed!"

    a classic British work, very nicely performed by Stephen Fry. Fry shows you just how well the story lend itself to dramatic narration. he does an excellent job maintaining his patiently passionate narration. I listened to the whole thing at 1.25x speed and enjoyed it immensely.

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    Caleb 07-19-15
    Caleb 07-19-15
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    "Best narrator"

    I loved the entire thing. The narrator was top notch. This story will to down as a classic.

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    David 07-19-15
    David 07-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Crazy and Hilarious"

    If you're a fan of distinctly British humor (no u), then this is a book for you. Witty, well written and undeniably funny, have a laugh while listening to this book.

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    Richard Augspurger 07-15-15
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    "A wholly remarkable audiobook"

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable audiobook recorded in the unfashionable western spiral arm of the galaxy by an ape-descendant life form by the name of Stephen Fry, written by Douglas Adams.

    Of course, not heard by enough Earthmen, but still a wholly remarkable book.

    *ahem* I'll keep it short: definitely worth a read if you like humor and science fiction.

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    ben mckenzie 07-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amszing"

    Stephen Fry made me feel like I was there. highly recommend this book to anyone

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    Phillip 07-14-15
    Phillip 07-14-15
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    "one of my faves"

    one if the best books to read enjoyed the reading a lot excellent production just wish AL the books were packaged together

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    Ben Mackney 07-13-15
    Ben Mackney 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Starts hilariously and then gets a bit wobbly"

    Gets dull/unfocused in some parts and sort of lost me. Fry's performance of it is amazing though, definitely the perfect voice for it all.

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    Rachel Baay 07-09-15
    Rachel Baay 07-09-15
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    "Love it."

    The kids and I drove to New York and listened to this. It was a great way to pass the time.

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    A Libras 07-08-15
    A Libras 07-08-15

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    "A Classic with Reason"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, Sharp, Crooked


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

    Every time Douglas says pretty much exactly what you were not expecting him to


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

    His native wit and Brit sensibilities


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

    When Arthur realizes the Earth is just simply not there, any more, ever again.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this audio version over the lovely and biting radio adaptation for one reason; Adam's prose is so inseparable from his story. In the radio version, you lose much of that element. Here, the story is exactly as set down by Adams, one of humanity's rare intelligences.

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