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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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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

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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    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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    Kathy Marshall 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic, so very fantastic!"

    I've seen the movie first and definitely like the book more. There are so many little nuances that are cut out in the movie!

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    jason 01-20-16
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    "Incredibly fun book and an amazing reader"

    The book was fun and intriguing. And the reader made it more interesting very minute. The great book over all

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    Jennifer L. Mcilroy Texas 01-20-16
    Jennifer L. Mcilroy Texas 01-20-16

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    "Will have to listen again."

    I'm sure I missed some since my mind wonders. Enjoyed the imagination. Funny is always a plus!

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    Elizabethanne 01-20-16
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    "staying on"

    Good Read I choose to finish reading this on hard cover thanks. needed some music to go with the character too. is their a movies on this novel ? on well did enjoy not most fun my son and I laughed all night.

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    Chris Baxley NASHVILLE, TN, US 01-18-16
    Chris Baxley NASHVILLE, TN, US 01-18-16
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    "The Perfect Narration"

    There is something so very special when you discover the perfect pairing. Great wines and cheeses, the little black dress on the right frame, Chewy and Han... They just make sense in such a way that you have a hard time breaking them apart.

    Stephen Fry's voice was made for this narration. I have a hard time imagining some of the lines of this book being delivered by anyone else. Highly recommend!

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    Trista 01-18-16
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    "Absolutely love it"

    I seen the movie and this is way better. the narrator is fabulous. I have been listening for hours now and do not to stop. sadly my battery is dying.

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    Aaron 01-16-16
    Aaron 01-16-16
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    "Greatest story ever told."

    I always enjoy reading this story, now I can lists too. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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    Travis Waite 01-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I guess I expected ... more?"

    from the hype surrounding this book, I must admit to being let down by the story. not that the content was really disappointing but at the end I was left feeling that almost nothing happened. like a futuristic catcher and the rye. I'm sure I'm wrong

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    hannah 01-02-16
    hannah 01-02-16
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    "odd story, but very entertaining"

    like floating in a weird soup of monty python, cheesy sci-fi concepts, and astronomy concepts.

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