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Editorial Reviews

Master of comedy Stephen Fry delivers a brilliant audiobook narration of the best-selling novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams. Arthur Dent is a very British man having a very bad day. He discovers his friend is an alien and he’s taken off earth just as it’s destroyed to make way for a galaxy highway. To make matters worse, he hasn’t even had his morning cup of tea yet. This ingeniously constructed story takes a humorous look at how something as precious as Earth isn’t always appreciated until it’s gone. A lighthearted and enjoyable listen. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

©1979 Serious Productions Ltd (P)2005 Random House US

Critic Reviews

"By turns authoritative as the narrator, bemused as Arthur Dent, deadpan as Ford Prefect and manic as Zaphod Beeblebrox, he [Stephen Fry] makes an altogether appropriate reader . . . The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" ( The Times)

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  • Matthew
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 01-08-14

Stephen Fry is so, so good

This is just so damn British. I’m afraid my enjoyment for this book was enhanced a little too much by nostalgic memories of offbeat britcoms like Blackadder and (especially) Red Dwarf.

Speaking of influences I can’t help but wonder if—the very American—Futurama was partly inspired by Hitchhikers? Did anyone else notice the striking resemblance between Zapp Brannigan and Zaphod Beeblebrox? I had an image of Zapp in my mind every time Zaphod appeared on the page.

But back to Britain… when I learned the critical component of the Infinite Improbability Drive was a cup of hot tea… let’s just say it warmed my heart and provoked a spontaneous, gentle smile.

Apart from being terribly British, it’s also dreadfully amusing and easy-to-read. I loved it.

As for Stephen Fry’s narration of this audio-version --- *sigh* --- the man is a genius and has remained consistently on my list of “Fantasy Dinner Party Invitees” for the last 15 years so—obviously I would like to hack into the Audible website and somehow assign a sixth star in the category of “performance”.

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  • Rune
  • Kingsgrove, Australia
  • 11-26-12

Hitchhiker never fails to entertain

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm not the sort of person who recommends things to my friends - they're just so finicky. However, should I find out that a friend is a Hitchhiker's fan AND a Stephen Fry fan AND they ask me if it was any good I'd tell them, "Yes, yes and yes!"

The performance of this story that I know so well brought me new laughs and enjoyment.

What a shame the story reminded me of how old I am by reminding me of how old it is.

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My Memories have been Fry'ed...

always loved Douglas Adams as a young Adult and was meaning to re read the trilogy (in four parts of course) in any case.

this was well worth the buy as Stephen Fry really does an outstanding performance, just bringing the book to life. This must be the best version of this work in my opinion, much netter than reading the book myself or watching the movie.

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  • Sonia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 10-01-12

Always a winner

I read this book when I was 20. Over a decade later, I thought it was about time to re-read it. So, with a puzzle in front of me, I began listening to this funny story once again. I just did it to feel good, to laugh, and to reminisce.

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Easily my favourite book and reader

This is a wonderful book, and Stephen Fry does a great job as narrator. You should definitely listen to this book.

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Amazing:)!!

This book overall is amazing and the narration just makes it perfect awesome listen 10/10

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A classic for the ages

A classic for the ages superbly narrated by Stephen Fry. If you don't know the answer to what is the meaning of life, load & listen now. Just don't forget your towel.

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  • Lauren L
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 02-12-18

Weird not wise

So don’t get the hype surrounding this book. Sure it is a zany romp, but I use those adjectives deliberately - I mean how many adults are really into zany romps. I’m thinking of throwing in caper somewhere in this review. For me it was infantile, bizarre and nonsensical - no real plot, tension, suspense, character arc, and certainly no profound wisdom. There are flashes of brilliance, I must admit, and I did enjoy some of the droll humour of the ordinary juxtaposed with the bizarre, but overall pretty vacuous. Brilliantly brilliantly narrated by Stephen Fry however.

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A work of art!

This is the second time I listened to this audio book after a long time and it was still wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.

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Amazing simply amazing

This is the fundation for evey sci-fi satire that came afterwards. Just Listen to it.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-11-13

Unmissable, quirky adventure. Perfectly performed.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook. The story itself is quirky, comedic and unbelievable until you have actually read or listened to it. I don't think you particularly have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy Hitchhiker's - a good sense of humour is the only pre-requisite! Hitchhikers does well as an audiobook and I could think of no better performer than Stephen Fry to read it,

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marvin, the loveable depressed android, is my favorite character. Such an original and unique take on humanoid robots; uniquely and hilariously captured.

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

I love ANY book read by Stephen Fry. His voice is especially suited to the quirky (that word again!) characters and events that take place in Hitchhikers. He does not just read the words, he performs the story and does it beautifully whilst still staying true to the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

An event concerning a whale is my favourite part of the story... but I don't want to give too much away!

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  • Tony
  • 10-14-13

Excellent story, really well-read

What did you like most about Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

It's hard to find something new to say about this story. It's been wonderful every time it's been told. And Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator.

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  • Sander Koop
  • 12-23-12

A brilliant book, brilliantly read!

When I saw Stephen Fry had narrated this, I had to listen to it; adn I was not dissappointed!



Stephen reads Adams's dry, sarcastic humour exactly so; with his own dry & sarcastic wit.



He does what the movie couldn't; actually make the book sound plausible (no matter how far fetched & bizarre it really is).



Absolutely recommended listening!

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  • Sara
  • 09-04-13

A classic from a comic genius, read wonderfully

Where does Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high up. I had read the book and seen the BBC series beforehand so knew the story (so far) so there was not the novelty factor of other great reads. It was great to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arthur Dent. A man more out of his depth than any other man has ever been out of his depth before, and unlikely to be outdone as his planet has been destroyed and he is the last man alive, in or out of his depth.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

A great book that everyone should read before the end of the world.

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  • Nina
  • 04-30-17

Prachett in space.

Douglas Adams's novel is a wonderful fan packed gift from the author. It takes you into an out of this world adventure and opens your eyes in a nicest possible way to a perspective of the earth disappearing from this world, and does not shy to ask life meaning questions in a humorous way.

This Sci-Fi classic easily deserves a place on the upper shelf and you could say it's a twin sister to the 'Discworld' fantasy books. The humour is that good.

Stephen Fry does not need an introduction, however in case you come from another galaxy, he is an acclaimed comedian and his performance in this novel is a work of art, making your time spent travelling across the galaxy a wonderful listen.

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  • Jasper
  • 07-04-16

Brilliantly Off the wall book, excellently read

If you like your humour surreal, mad, and unobviously obvious, then you will like this book. This version is read by Stephen Fry, who spent a lot of time with Adams sharing their Apple Geekery before the word 'Fanboy' had ever been applied to Apple Disciples. I always prefer actors reading books as they always seem to give it a bit more gusto, and this certainly applies to Stephen Fry here. Overall a very good book read very well. Although I did feel it was a bit short. Just have to find the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe now, I guess.

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  • Mr G
  • 04-06-16

fantastic satirical humour

shame its not the whole book!

otherwise its a fantastic series mixing whit and humour with intelligent storyline.

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  • Paul
  • 09-08-13

Cult book all Sixth formers must read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd definitely recommend this book as it is a modern classic that would appeal to teenagers and those reminiscing of bygone years

What did you like best about this story?

The strong opposing character

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

The book made me laugh and reminded me of the TV adaptation created in the 80s

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  • Richard James
  • 10-20-17

average

more of a kids book. it is a good listen but dont expect anything world changing.
6/10

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  • Fred
  • 08-07-17

Was expecting more

Easy to read book but was expecting more from this classic. And I suppose I prefer more "serious" sf books. One of the best reading performance I have heard so far though!

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  • tatiana
  • 03-13-16

Funny!

This is the first time I read it after years of hearing about it. Interesting how the references, politics, bureaucracies, etc are still relevant. The story is told in a light and funny way, with quite a ew moments of laugh out loud :) definitely worth a read (or listen).

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  • Liz Schneidewin
  • 03-24-16

It's Hitchhiker's! Need I say more?

Really amazingly amazing! A totally stunning story; real, 'Wow, that's funny' time. Hitchhiker's is just so brilliant that brilliance itself seems really dingy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-17

Great Listen

I listened to this on the train and it gets you hooked. It was well worth the time Spent listening.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-08-16

Great

Stephen Fry's narration does credit to a wonderful book, and brings it to life. Great audiobook.

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  • Dan B
  • 03-12-16

An amazing journey!

Absolutely loved Stephen Fry's performance of this audio book. Characters felt real. looking forward to listening to the rest of this series.

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  • Putters
  • 12-15-15

Fantastic

While listening to this I started wondering why Steven Fry didn't just write this book in the first place. He just nailed the narration of the book. It was a great experience.

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  • Adam
  • 04-27-14

A Classic Read by a Classic British - Stephen Fry

Would you consider the audio edition of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

Yes because the main character is british and Stephen Fry really does an amazing job, making the british proud!

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

Great story and can easily visualise the story unfolding!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-18

Waited way to long to read(listen) to this.

An Incredibly funny and clever book that is a must read (or listen) come alive through Frys brilliant narration. 9/10 would recommend to anyone.

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  • JORGE LIZAMA
  • 07-16-18

This audiobook is the example of the concept taken to its greatest

An audiobook is all about the narration, think about been in a conversation with someone, that someone can create an engaging story out of the most pedestrian situation or a dull sleeper out the greatest adventure just by its capability of been engaging and entertaining... And let me tell you there are few that can excel at that than Stephen Fry, I usually don’t do “background checks” on the narrators of the audiobooks I’m buying, but soon after I started The Hitchhiker Guide To The Galaxy I felt I need to... I was listening to the best narrator I have heard ever. This is an spoiler free review, but if you follow Douglas Adam you will know he is famous for the unique and eccentric characters he is able to build, and the tone is always somehow on the comedy side, so what do you do? You bring a great comedian and you ask him to go all out, the result... impressive, I will most definitely come back to this one in the future and I recommended to anyone that is not sure about audiobooks

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  • kory
  • 07-15-18

wacky and entertaining

I'd read this book numerous times and this was my first time in an audiobook version. stephen fry as the narrator is such a good fit for the tone. loved every second.