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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

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"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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Five stars a fantastic book brilliantly read.

Five stars, a fantastic book brilliantly read and performed.
So much detail in this book every time I listen to it I pick up on a new joke.

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Hilarious sarcasm

Stephen Fry perfectly captures the British humor in the story and it's a wonderful performance.
The story is extraordinary, too. I sometimes cannot help bursting into laughter.

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Fantastic!

Absolutely loved the book, thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, Stephen Fry. Found it very entertaining. Brilliant!

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Loved it.

An amazing interstellar adventure with lots of humour and a great story! A must read.

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An absolute classic

kids loved it - and I loved reliving the humour of what turns out to be a fairly timeless novel

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  • Emily
  • Mount Macedon, Australia
  • 08-28-14

Stephen Fry reads Douglas Adams. This is perfect!

Having Stephen Fry read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is as brilliant as the twinkle in Zaphod Beeblebrox's eye. Fry is perfect as Arthur Dent, who finds himself a reluctant galactic hitchhiker, as Ford Prefect, carefree traveller through the stars, and as Zaphod Beeblebrox, creator of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and President of the Universe. There is not a single flaw in Fry's narration.

Douglas Adams' classic novel retains all its wit, sparkle and insight as an audiobook, and this story will enjoy repeated listenings, time and time again. Buy this audiobook, enjoy it, and enjoy it over and over again. The only flaw in the ointment is that Fry hasn't recorded all the books in the series, but Martin Freeman (who played Arthur Dent in the recent film) is well up to the task.

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Stephen Fry adds some extra zing

What did you love best about Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

The odd characters, the way Adam's describes or introduces pretty much anything in the book is so unique and funny. Stephen Fry also did some great voice acting which made me feel like I was almost in the story itself. I also loved the random information that Adam's so often included (but that nearly always became very relevent in the most unexpected ways later on).

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

The second half of the book was more enjoyable for me. There were a lot of moments that I couldn't help but laugh out loud. One of my favourites would have to have been Deep Thought's announcement that he was only the second greatest computer and the subsequent hilarious conversation that ensued. Or Arthur's reaction to pretty much everything.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favorite?

I think Fry did a great impression of all the characters and really brought them to life. I thought that Zaphod's was spot on. And the paranoid android was very well done too.

Any additional comments?

On the book itself, I was not so impressed with the first part of the book, when Arthur and Ford were still on Earth and also the Vogon ship, but I found myself enjoying the book far more the further into it I got. I think this is mainly because I had an idea of what was happening (from pop culture references and the movie) and I didn't need a lot of the scene setting etc. This obviously became more important further in and Adam's writing is witty, absurd, humorous and very unique and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Amanda
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 05-12-14

Needs more stars!

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Stephen Fry is the only person who should ever be allowed to narrate this story. His voice, his intonations, his pace and his grasp of subtle wit leaves all other possibles eating his dust.

This is one of the best stories ever written, and Mr Fry did it justice.

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  • Graeme
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 04-21-14

Revisiting an old friend and bravo Stephen Fry!

So many great lines in this book.
Completely silly and completely perfect. Have read this many times, but just finished audio book version read by Stephen Fry, which is a lot like having a bowl of the the best ice cream in the world and adding lots of yummy freckles and chic chips!

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Steven Fry nails it

Hitchhikers was always a bit uneven for me ... but never too uneven to not be a fan.

Steven Fry does an excellent job ironing out that unevenness. He has a good range of voices and I found myself not hearing his own voice through everything, which, given his TV exposure is quite a feat. Now and then I thought his choices reflected the original radio broadcast and TV series and I liked that.

I recommend the Guide ...

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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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  • Miranda
  • 07-03-16

A well read classic

This fantastically witty and off-beat story may be familiar to many due to its various tv and film incarnations. The unique characters and plot are brilliantly read by Stephen Fry and this allows the listener to indulge in an unusually involved experience, not unlike that of an old-school radio play. I thoroughly recommend this title and will admit that I have previously struggled with Adams' work, though in this form it worked beautifully.

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  • MR L J D HENDERSON
  • 06-16-16

better than the film

narrator kept me focused and the story was just marvellous to hear and fantastically written

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  • Henry Wood
  • 12-22-14

Very funny and absolutely brilliant

If you could sum up Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant Space Nonsense

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arthur Dent - The pure sarcasm the character shows and pessimistic attitude portrayed is incredibly funny

Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

n/a

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

The life of the whale upon the discovery of Magrathea

Any additional comments?

Very funny book with a good performance from Stephen Fry

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  • Ben
  • 01-31-14

Amazing, want more!

I absolutely love this book. I originally didn't want to read it, thinking it was a spin-off of the movie and would ruin the really good film. The book is much more than the film!

This is one of my favourite stories ever. Wish there were more books like this, classic British humour, read by classic British voice.

A really good story, keeps you gripped and entertained without stressing you out. The lighthearted and fun syntax is uplifting, the character descriptions and generally everything about its universe is perfect. Beautiful.

Brilliant. Wish there was more like this! :D

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  • Trump's combover
  • 08-03-15

Warning! American English Translation (YUK!)

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Highly annoyed. This quintessentially English novel has been translated into American English.

Arthur did not "go down to the cellar with a flashlight" it was a torch.

Veet Voojagig was not obsessed with missing ballpoints, it was biros.

Given that Douglas Adams was well known for his exacting use of language, and sweating over every line to craft his story "just so", to change a single word is an act of vandalism.

Why in the name of the Great Green Arkleseizure, did they not record the few lines of text effected twice, once as written, and again translated into American for the hard of thinking. It would have taken two minutes at most.

It rankles and Douglas Adams would not approve.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a classic.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It would have been great if he'd read the book as it was written.

What character would you cut from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Are you insane? The whole point of my review was that the novel should not have been changed in the way it has been.

Any additional comments?

This should be fixed.

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  • Carrie Bilson
  • 02-18-18

brilliant

just listen and enjoy! perfect starting point for any audible listener

Stephen fry is perfect as usual

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  • Iain
  • 02-18-18

Superb!

I listened to this with my son, we both absolutely loved it. It was his first time with Hitchhikers and he immediately wanted to listen to the next book.

Stephen Fry is a wonderful narrator and this really suits him..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-18

First time listening to an audio book

This was my first time listening to an audio book and I absolutely loved it, I never really read, so this gave me a chance to listen see what I was missing out on and it was great, the story and most of all the narration by Stephen Fry, brilliant and will be listening to the next book in the series!

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  • Jenny Eley
  • 01-29-18

I loved the TV series

But the audio version is ace. Stephen Fry makes the story pop with his brilliant humour.

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  • Rachael Bahl
  • 12-07-17

Wow

I love this book! It is really funny and very interesting. It just blows my mind, as if I drank a pangalactic gargleblaster

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-17

not good

as above. the ending was terrible. didnt really think the book was finished but aparently it was

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  • Rob
  • 10-17-17

Excellent. Just excellent.

I loved it. Both performance and story are great and very funny. The classic British wit is on full display, making light of what most normally would be Earth shattering depressing. Stephen Fry is as usual a spectacular performer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-17

I'll listen to this 42 times...

Brilliant!! Stephen Fry is glorious. Definitely worth listening to. Hitch-hikers Guide. Funny. Random. A classic.

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  • Rusty's
  • 10-12-17

Great listening to a classic! <br />

Great listening to a classic I read a long time ago. Stephen Fry does an excellent job at bringing the characters to life. Very enjoyable. See you at the restaurant at the end of the Universe!

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  • Bradley
  • 10-04-17

Unusual

Interesting but strange story. Good presentation by the reader and sound effects. Great for kids with a bit of light philosophy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-17

great!

Such a fun and quirky book! it was great to listen to coming home from work

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  • Michael
  • 09-27-17

Brilliant story well read

Hitch hikers read by Steven Fry is as awesome as it sounds. Can not recommend it enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-17

amazing

this is some next lvl stuff! highly recommend! a a d f f a a

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  • Cassie Long
  • 09-25-17

Great book

It was a great book and I really enjoyed listening to it 1 2 3