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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Whether he's giving voice to Zaphod's zaniness or Marvin's manic depression, narrator Stephen Fry is pitch-perfect (or is that Prefect?). If you've yet to discover Arthur Dent's end-of-the-world antics in audio - Don't Panic! Just grab the nearest towel, plug in your earbuds - and hold on! �Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

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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    Luana C. 12-01-16
    Luana C. 12-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply fantastic"

    Readers voice was perfect. The story was so enjoyable the hours slipped right by without me noticing (the perfect listen). I'm planning on listening to this book again- which will be a first for me, it's that good!

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    J. Padgett 11-29-16
    J. Padgett 11-29-16
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    "I love Stephen Fry but..."

    one of my favorite books of all time, however Stephen Fry was not a good narrator for it.

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    Eduardo Grimoldi Chile 11-29-16
    Eduardo Grimoldi Chile 11-29-16
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    "Overrated"

    Stephen Fry's wonderful marathon can't save what is ultimately a bad and uninteresting story which is filled with attempts at a Monty Python style of humor. It occasionally hits the mark but most often it fails to impress. The characters are completely forgettable and the dialogue often relies on repeating the same bland jokes that get used to often in a very short book.

    Maybe it gets its praise from nostalgia and from the impact it had upon its release, I don't know, but knowing the fandom that surround this book in an almost cultish way, I expected to at least be entertained.

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    Isis4211 11-25-16
    Isis4211 11-25-16

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    "Encore!"

    I'd really love Stephen Fry to read The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story
    I loved this reading, and I want to hear the entire collection.

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    Jonathon 11-23-16
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    "Overrated!"

    Creative, wordy for the sake of wordiness, extremely dry humor (and I'm someone who appreciates dry humor), and somewhat thought provoking at times. Read because of hype and rave reviews. Not terrible but not sensational either.

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    Harrison 11-18-16
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    I really enjoyed the characters and the plot of this story. a lot of things happen that you don't expect so it kept me on my toes.

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    Magnus 11-17-16
    Magnus 11-17-16
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    "Fantastic stort, BUT Technical errors in the file"

    Outstanding story! But an important thing to note here is that Audible has done a louzy job at deviding the chapters of the story.

    The story has more than 30 chapters, but Audible only display 5, which makes it rather impractical to manuver through the book. Some of the chapter endings are also missing about a second or so before going to the next chapter.

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    Kindle Customer NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 11-15-16
    Kindle Customer NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen and fun story."

    This was a good listen. it was also a very fun story. Interesting humor through the story.

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    Marissa 11-13-16
    Marissa 11-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    I knew this was a class, but now I wonder why I waited so long to read it. Enthralling story, incredible narration, and one I will read over and over again. Definitely going on my list of favorite books.

    (I tend to read nonfiction, so that says a lot!)

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    edgardo 11-10-16
    edgardo 11-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This book is amazing!"

    Not only is the story and performance extremely entertaining. It is in its essence quite profound.

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