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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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Best of the series so far

I don't know why, but this book gripped me more than the previous ones. Funny, since it is the one with the least obscure and amazing space travels. Instead it is a combination of a love story grounded on earth and a mystery we kind of know much about if we've read the previous books but still is captivating. Lovely!

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A must listen..

Martin Freeman does another amazing job of narrating the series. the entire series is very comical and easy to listen to and better to read. I would suggest this series for anyone looking for a very funny and interesting book.

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This series is truly dizzing.<br />

He (Both the writer and Arthur) go to dizzing places in their conversation and description of conversations that will wantingly be coming.
TRULY DIZZING.

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poor freeman had a cold

I did enjoy this book. however, poor Martin Freeman got a cold two thirds through.

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An enjoyable read

Yeah you need 15 words but I mean it was just a good time so yeah

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Good, not great.

written and narrated well, but the story's not quite as compelling as the first three.