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Publisher's Summary

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.

God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?

Don't miss more from this exciting series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
©2006 Douglas Adams (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The looniest of the lot." (Time)
"A madcap adventure...Adams' writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy." (United Press International)
"The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings...Adams is irresistible." (The Boston Globe)

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In love with the girl

Only Duglas could make me fall in love with a girl named Fenchurch. Thank you and ...

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Loved this one the best out of the 6

Would you listen to So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish again? Why?

Have listened to it several times already!!!! Favorite of the 6 Hitch hiker books!!!

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Hitchhiker is just plain fun

Hitchhiker is just plain fun. I loved the series when i was young. I read it in college, and again in Med school, and again when i started reading for pleasure again, and now I am going to listen to them all.
I cannot wait. I just wish Douglas was alive for more, but I am about to read Coffer's installment (or try) for a 6th book in the series.

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  • Alison
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 09-08-13

Missing Adams' classic narration, but still great.

I grew up with the audiocassettes of the entire Hitchhiker's series, and loved Doug Adams narration. The story on this one is still one of my favorites of the series, but i do kind of miss the voice delivering the lines that i somehow still know by heart.

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absolutely wonderful!!!

just when I think it can't get any better they're going out there themselves. I have absolutely love and treasure this book series.

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best... Other than the first

love the first book... The second was good too... Struggled with the Third... But this one was almost as much of a masterpieces the first

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  • AJ
  • 05-25-18

Amazing

it has so much it keeps you wondering where you will go next, full of emotions.(oh the feels!)

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The most self- and extra-referential of all the Hitchhiker’s Guides

Martin’s a lovely reader, the book has sci fi’s only good and cute romance that not academically metaphoric, and the only annoying bit is the stock musicy interludes they insist on inserting between random chapters.

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Good, but not as Good as the Others

The story is still pretty good, and I appreciate how Douglas Adams decided to take the story in a different direction, even if I don't think it produced a better story than the previous ones. There are still several laugh out loud moments in the book, and Martin Freeman does another spectacular job.

The audio effects for some of the voices and for the intros and outros of sections are still there, adding to the audio experience.

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