• Life, the Universe, and Everything

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (264 ratings)

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Life, the Universe, and Everything

By: Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Martin Freeman
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In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.

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Of the first three, this one is the least good

The story is not as good as in the first two books. It’s slow, dull and very weird - not in a good way unfortunately. It takes a long time for the book to reach the level the two others are on.

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Martin Freeman is a legend 🙌

Though the story was not as hilarious as the 1st book, it was still a great book to listen to.

I was blown away by Martin Freeman's narration. When listening to his narration, it was very easy to create mental pictures on each character. Looking forward to listen to more of his recordings!

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The title says it all

I love this book. Performance of Martin Freeman is superb. It is hard to say more, just go for it!

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Best Serie ever

This book just has everything you need to be happy word word word word .

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Watch out for the Lords of Krikket!

Martin Freeman again delivers a fantastic narration of the late, great Douglas Adams words. A couple of the characters weren't quite vocalised how I imagined and that initially jolted me but overall, this is a lot of fun to listen to.

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  • J Osborne-Davies
  • 03-20-15

Mostly harmless.

Exciting. But not as exciting as Eccentrica Gallumbits. Eccentrica Gallumbits is the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six. Some people say her erogenous zones start some four miles from her actual body. Ford Prefect disagrees, saying five.[






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  • J. Hoejtoft
  • 02-23-17

Hilarious. So funny, so well written, so well read

Martin Freeman does marvellous job narrating this classic must-read novel. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Mika Neko
  • 01-30-15

quite liked it

that was absolutely hilarious ... I'm getting quite used to the narrator's voice as well.

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  • FLASHINC2K7
  • 01-27-17

A Brilliant listen

love it. Martin Freeman it brilliant to listen a specially as he was Arthur Dent.

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  • G. K. M. Leicester
  • 09-27-16

Excellent

Amazing story line. Couldn't wait to listen when heard Martin Freeman was reading. It was lovely to hear another book in the series with Arthur and Ford in it

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  • Russell Moretta
  • 03-08-16

loved every minute of this story.

as you would expect it is weird and wonderful. it did not fail to deliver this. great story.

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  • lee
  • 02-10-16

Life,the universe and everything

This book is extremely funny,interesting and phenomenal.I would recommend this wonderful book to everyone

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  • Sam
  • 01-14-15

Return to Form

This installment in the Hitchhiker's Guide series is a return to form, following the slump of the 2nd book. Although the beginning is a bit chaotic, the rest of the book is fantastic- a true continuation of the first. Great narration by Martin Freeman too.

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  • Oliver
  • 04-13-13

Cricket and Sofas

Martin Freeman defiantly does Life, the Universe, and Everything justice as one of my favorite readers. This book, another Douglas Adams classic, will make you laugh till your jaw hurts with hilarious dialog and a humor lost on many this will keep you entertained on the bus albeit with a few stares from the general public as you chuckle quietly to yourself

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  • Lottie
  • 04-13-13

Again, great!

Perfect, if you started the series, don't stop until you are at the end. Arthur finds himself in another sticky situation and craving more a good cup of tea. Do not miss it.

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  • Аdriк Smiгnоv
  • 10-05-20

Koopl Koopl

My only gripe is that this books is remarkably and unreasonably good, which one might be inclined to think is a good thing. It is not, I will never again be able to listen to or read any book I have previously enjoyed knowing I could just listen to this again. Rather it would seem, this is a truly ethical and existential dilemma.

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  • Benjamin
  • 01-27-17

The Brilliance Continues

The only problem with this book, as with the others in the series and as I have explained at great lengths to anyone who will listen (i.e. nobody) is that it is altogether too short.
Martin Freeman does a superb job as narrator and the writing is just as funny, eccentric and surprising as the previous books in the series. I very much look forward to the next one.

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  • j
  • 11-20-22

Fantastic listening, great series

This book was much more enjoyable than the second and provides more enthusiasm to finish the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-22

I’m so happy you found it

I’m so happy you found her a little sister she looks just a lot older now

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  • penpen
  • 09-06-22

Pneumenoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

I like what I dislike
I eat floor nachos
I like not having Pneumenoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and other stuff

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  • Craig Pickering
  • 08-18-22

Superb

An absolute classic, Douglas Adams thought provoking and brilliant writing will make you laugh constantly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-22

Martin Freeman, brilliant narrative.

Loved the story. It was well read by the Narrator. The whole story was very entertaining.

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  • Etidae
  • 04-18-22

all time favourite sci-fi series, very fun audio

Entertaining! Funny! Laugh Out Loud funny :)

Satirical and very 'self-aware' writing.

I love this series and listening to the audiobook is so fun.

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  • Tony John Henderson
  • 11-12-21

Great book. I enjoyed the story.

An enjoyable bit of escapist fantasy. Objectively, the narrator did a good job. However, subjectively, I prefer the voice acting of Stephen Fry. It would have been preferable, in my view, for all four books in the trilogy to have the same narrator and I would not really have minded which one. Share and enjoy!

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  • kerri sampson
  • 09-09-21

I love Zephod Beeblebrox

the narrations were amazing I love the whole serie. I highly recommend listening to it if you are a sci fi buff