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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.") and a galaxy full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy."

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

©1980 Serious Productions Ltd (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Terrible

I got this because it was supposed to be a sci-fi classic. I found it terribly unfunny. I wanted to like it but couldn’t even finish it. I wanted the main character dead so I could be on to something else. The narration annoyed me as well. I found the BBC TV version was just as bad and humorless. Doctor Who is way better and funnier. Skip this book.

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Brilliant

An amazing book and an amazing narrator, time flew while listening, the story is really interesting and funny, if you like science fiction and comedy this book is a must.

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funny

funny, quirky, entertaining and silly. it was a fun book to listen to. recommend to anyone looking for a unique sci-fi adventure.

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A great read, BETTER LISTEN

This is one of my favorite books. Stephen Fry makes it even better by his performance.

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Stephen Fry +Douglas Adams=Happy Place

Wonderful! The best way for me to fall asleep after a bad day. There is nothing quite so sublime as Stephen Fry's voice. Then to have it narrating one of my favorite stories of all time? There is no question I'll love it. Stephen's Zaphoid Beeblebrox is the best IMO

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Absolutely insane, in the greatest way possible

Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Hilarious witty and charming, Douglas Addams is a king of satire, as demonstrated with this masterpiece.

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Loved it!

The story was funny, interesting and kept me engaged. The narrator did a fantastic job and was not at all boring to listen to.

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A classic

I’ve always loved this book. Hearing this narration gave a whole new layer to the experience

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Story is great but the production was a little off

The story of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is hilarious, interesting, and completely unexpected. The production of this audiobook, I feel, wasn't put together very well. It listed only 5 chapters but there were in fact 35. When the player switched to the next chapter, it was so abrupt that I was suspicious that there were parts of the book missing. It kind of messed up the flow of the book and kept me wondering if this really was an unabridged version. Stephen Fry's performance as the narrator was excellent! The voices that he does are so unique that it's very easy to tell who is talking. He has a great flow and clear diction. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, however I would have enjoyed it better if the chapters of the book lined up with the chapters of the player.

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funner than 10 episodes of The Big Bang Theory

Loved the characters how they were voiced and done. So many memorable parts, do a lot of it I'm sure is also due to the way the narrator portrayed each character.