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Mostly Harmless Audiobook

Mostly Harmless

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Publisher's Summary

It's not just a trilogy any more. In the fifth book of this popular series, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, and immediately all hell breaks loose. In short, it's up to him to save the world from total multi-dimensional obliteration, the Guide from a hostile alien takeover, and the daughter he never knew he had from herself. A tall order, to say the least. And one he's really not up to, thank you very much.

Don't miss the first parts of the series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

©1992 Serious Productions, Ltd; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist....He is anything but harmless." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Hitchhiker fans rejoice!...[Here's] more of the same zany nonsensical mayhem." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    S. Parikh 05-08-16
    S. Parikh 05-08-16

    I'm a software developer.

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    "Dissapointed"

    Having loved Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it's pretty obvious that only the first book is the hit. The rest are just 'eh'. There are funny moments sprinkled in, but Mostly Harmless really has nothing going on for any good reason.

    This is a major departure from the style you'd expect from this series and on top of that, it doesn't offer anything to advance our characters storylines other than a dumb ending for the sake of an ending.

    Martin Freeman is awesome though. I really wish he'd narrate more books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Potter 03-20-15
    Joe Potter 03-20-15
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    "The end...."

    Great story, however, was a little disappointed in the way it ended. so I guess I'm going on to the next book, AND ANOTHER THING.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig H. Ohio 06-19-10
    Craig H. Ohio 06-19-10

    I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.

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    "Love Hitchiking"

    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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    Amazon Customer 08-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful book"

    wonderful series as always, highly recommended to any looking for a good sci fi story

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    BreadlyToastin 08-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An unfortunate disappointment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The structure was so linear and simple compared to the other books that I actually got a little bored a points. Additionally, the story seemed fairly dumbed down, excluding chapters 3 and 7.

    The biggest disappointment for me was the ending. I understand that Douglas Adams was planning the final book, but each other book ends in such a concrete way that makes you think "what on earth could he be planning for the next one?" "Mostly Harmless" did not have this, and in the end, felt like a very "safe" book compared to its phenomenal predecessors.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Adams again?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Freeman – was your favorite?

    His Marvin is spot on!


    Did Mostly Harmless inspire you to do anything?

    Enjoy the other books more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is too safe and conventional to be the final Hitchhikers written fully by Adams. It stinks, but there are pieces of it that still hold the storyline's overall charm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GMissyZ Williamsburg, VA USA 07-26-17
    GMissyZ Williamsburg, VA USA 07-26-17 Member Since 2017

    net shopper

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    "didn't want it to end"

    I've been wondering what happened to Arthur Dent for some time now. Read this to find out. Bring a towel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan M. Kelley VA USA 02-16-17
    Ryan M. Kelley VA USA 02-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Douglas Adams didn't like the end either."

    After reaching the end of this book... the last book in the series... I was disappointed. I've loved this series, and hoped this would continue the trend. Unfortunately, it ended 5 minutes after Adams' good sense did.
    I actually looked up it, and found references that Douglas Adams himself didn't like the ending, and planned on "fixing" his mistake in a 6th book. Unfortunately he didn't live long enough to write it. (Another author eventually did... but...)
    It's not that the book is self is bad. 99% is just like the other 4 books. Martin did a wonderful performance, just like every other time. But the ending hits you like an awful punchline to a bad joke that you are embarrassed to admit you waited to hear.
    I'm sure most people either already know this... or won't read this review until after they listen to it... but @#$& it... I needed to vent.

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    Jonathan 12-18-16
    Jonathan 12-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "was a tough ending but a great bool"

    it is known that this book is a little rougher than the others. I really loved it though. it's funny and insightful right from the begining. Martin Freeman continues to give an award winning performance (as he did for the other 3). This book keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat always wanting more. If you are a fan of the series it is a must read!

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    angela washenfelder 11-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "classic."

    love douglas adams. i reread this series every couple of years because it reminds me not to talk the world so seriously.

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    Rodney G Gray 11-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Consistently Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Mostly Harmless?

    The series continues to entertain at high level and has yet to disappoint. I wish it were a TV series.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Freeman – was your favorite?

    Random


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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