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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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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

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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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    John AylesburyUnited Kingdom 05-08-05
    John AylesburyUnited Kingdom 05-08-05 Member Since 2003
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    "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"

    I have Douglas's narration of the Book which is a joy - and Now I Have Stephen Fry's which polishes the Diamond.

    First - Rest assured this is a just a reissue of the original - Not a book of the Film. The Film was Ok but not nearly true enough to its sources (Radio Play, Book, TV series - in that order) - This book brings the voice of Fry - who is an excellent narrator (and a close friend of DNA's) into the mix. He brings more life to the book than Douglas did (Douglas was a great speaker - but when it comes to narrating entire books his performance has high and lows) and I recommend this to all. If you havn't heard the story before - First buy the radio series then go back to the books. Buy Fry's narration then go to Douglas' - you will get the best experience that way.

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    H. West Roxbury, MA, USA 03-30-09
    H. West Roxbury, MA, USA 03-30-09
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    "Weird and wonderful"

    This satirical, hysterical romp of a novel is a classic now, and would be hard to describe in any case. At breakneck pace, it careens through the galaxy, only rarely pausing long enough for the characters - or the listeners - to catch their breath.

    Arguably, the best way to listen to Hitchhiker's Guide is to listen to the original radio show that prompted the novel in the first place.

    But if you're going to get an audiobook instead of the radio-show, this is the one. Stephen Fry is top-notch, and clearly having just the right amount of fun.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sinan Amman, Jordan 12-01-09
    Sinan Amman, Jordan 12-01-09
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    "Nice book, GREAT narrator"

    The book is really nice, very entertaining and full of crazy mind-twister ideas that will make you think!! But what I admired the most is the narration; the narrator is really great that I will search for books narrated by him to listen to!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Laredo, TX, United States 03-07-09
    Diana Laredo, TX, United States 03-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Hitched a fun ride to the 70's"

    I'm no fan of science fiction but this book is a classic; it is hilarious in its absurdity. If you enjoy the humor of Monty Phyton, you'll love this book. And such a great reader! The intonation and British accent is a perfect match. Loved it, loved it...

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    Stephanie Burbank, CA, United States 10-19-05
    Stephanie Burbank, CA, United States 10-19-05
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    "Excellent Audio Book"

    I enjoyed the audio book very much. I don't know why, but years ago I tried to read the book but couldn't get through it. Have not seen the movie.
    If you like british humour like Monty Python you'll like this book and the audio version as well. I have not heard the earlier version by the author but I would definately listen to something else read by Stephen Fry.
    This book made a long 6 hour drive much more enjoyable. Thanks.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Krysta Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 12-29-09
    Krysta Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 12-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Such a classic"

    Still an awesome, funny, all time classic. Well read by an easy to understand british gentleman. Awesome quality, great story. Very easy to visualize from the way it's read.

    I have read 3 versions of the book, seen the original BBC mini series, the newer movie, and heard several radio broadcast versions and this is definetly one of the better ones. Well worth anyone's time and money whether it's your first time hearing this story or your 100th. It's funny, intriguing, unique, and just an all-time SciFi classic.

    Truly enjoyable from start to finish.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Erika Colton, NY, USA 01-12-09
    Erika Colton, NY, USA 01-12-09
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    "lovely"

    it's possible i could listen to stephen fry read the phone book and be pleased, but this is such a wonderful book as well. wickedly funny and imaginative.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Valencia, CA, USA 06-22-05
    Tiffany Valencia, CA, USA 06-22-05
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    "Funny....entertaining. Great humor!"

    I loved this book, and have no idea what took me so long to listen/read it. Reminds me of Python humor that I love so much. I laughed so much on the freeway, I KNOW that people thought I was having an attack or something.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-26-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "creative hilarity"

    What fun. I loved reading it at 17 and listing to it at 40. I've got my towel!

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    Aase Oslo, Norway 11-09-08
    Aase Oslo, Norway 11-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Two creative geniuses, how could they go wrong?"

    Since I have a long-standing love for Douglas Adams' works and also admire Stephen Fry as an actor, I naturally had high expectations for this audio book - and was in no way disappointed.

    If you've never heard the original radio show, do yourself a favor and go find it, because there's nothing quite like it; but if you're looking for a straightforward (no sound effects, etc.) yet brilliant (and delightfully British) reading of the book version, this is it.

    I've picked up the H2G2 books many many times when I felt down or needed a chuckle. I'm sure I will listen to this many times too. Money very well spent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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