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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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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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    Andrew and Scott Peyton 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very fun"

    The narrator was great, and he understood the story and read it well. The story is very fun and easy to follow. Highly recommended.

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    grumpus 03-30-15
    grumpus 03-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Smashing comical Brit sci-fi!"

    Stephen Fry was just perfect. I loved every word of it. Well done!
    When I feel down... I listen to this!
    Bravo !! Not enough stars to reflect how
    Good this is.😊

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    Adapa Genisus Virginia 03-28-15
    Adapa Genisus Virginia 03-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A top shelf must have for sci-fi and comedy fans!"

    Expect the improbable as the
    Guide coasts through cognitive dissonance, space and assorted salted nuts! Adam's work is accessible on many levels ,and every nuance of British humor captured by narrator Steven Fry.

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    Jason Austin, TX, United States 03-23-15
    Jason Austin, TX, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Food and Tech enthusiast. @Jahman7

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    "Expected more"

    I'm not sure if it was just hard to follow, but as an American tech enthusiast who doesn't much follow sci-fi, it didn't live up to the hype I've heard from it. It seemed to be a randomly devised set of events leading nowhere. That may have been the point. I bet others would enjoy it, but I didn't much care for it. The narrator was pretty easy to listen to though.

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    Jordan 03-23-15
    Jordan 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A short space thrilled comedy"

    At only 5 hours long, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy provides a rich storyline, complex but like able characters and a diverse environment. If you want a quick and satisfying book, this is it.

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    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-21-15
    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Not sure why it's a classic, but very fun!!"

    This book was good fun and at times, very funny. It was delightful. The narrator was quite good. I don't know why this book is considered a classic, and I found no enlightenment in it. But that doesn't detract from my enjoyment of it. Definitely recommend.

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    KC 03-19-15
    KC 03-19-15
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    "A Classic among Geek culture"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, clever and Snarty Bartfast


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

    Yes.


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

    I tried reading the actual book and the ebook, but I just could not focus on the story. I have a 40 minute commute each way to and from work. I adore Stephen Fry so this was just perfect!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, cry and sneeze.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Fry needs to come to my house for dinner. Sans depressing robot.

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    Christopher Anderson 03-19-15
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    "Geek Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the "theater" of hearing books spoken. Especially with the different character voices.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    He's got a recognizable voice and I enjoy a British accent.


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    Mike 03-19-15
    Mike 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If you are already a fan"

    If you are already a fan... Or even if you aren't. This book is for you.
    Fry brings the writing to life

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    Adam 03-17-15
    Adam 03-17-15
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    "Hilarious"

    It was... Hilarious! Literally the funniest book I've ever read (or listened to). I couldn't keep away from it. Phenomenal.

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