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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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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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Love this series!

It is good to listen to the whole series of Douglas Adam's Books, they are classics. I am glad they are on audio books and as I seem to have never got the time to sit down and read them cover to cover.

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Not great, but Martin Freeman makes it enjoyable

Definitely the weakest of the four. Still enjoyable to listen to because of Martin Freeman.

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thanks for all the fish

well that's done know*mark little box**sinks off into the inky darkness* I loved this book and all the books before

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That was a disappointing ending.

It was all leading up to a climax and its like the author got bored and decided to just end it.

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great ending to the series. best and only

best and only series I've ever read. I think I'll never r3ad again. can't see how it could do any better then these

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So much love!

I love all of the Hitchhiker books, but this one has a special place in my heart. The snark and laissez faire of the characters is toned down a bit, and there are some really beautiful moments of true emotion. I always come away from reading (or listening) to this book with the feeling I imagine I would have if I ever managed to say the clever thing I should have said at the time I should have said it and not ten minutes afterward...which is when I usually think of the clever thing I should have said. That is to say, this book makes me completely satisfied.

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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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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.<br/><br/>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.