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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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Wonderfully Incomplete

But I don't WANT them to knock my house down!

The narrator is very expressive, bringing life to the characters without losing the narrative distance of the omniscient observer. Excellently done and very enjoyable. As usual, I wish Books 1 and 2 had been combined, so the end didn't come quite so quickly.

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loved it!

i dont like having to add extra words. i loved it. that's good enough no?

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amazing

good book. way better than the movie. would recommend to anyone who like sifi and that stuff.

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The most fun book I have ever read!

A very enjoyable book to listen to with a great performance. I'm looking forward to the others in the series.

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A classic

Simply put this book is a must for anyone claiming to be a science-fiction loving nerd. Stephen Fry's voice is a joy to listen to and the whole book is very entertaining.

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Life the universe and everything.

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

Lying up awake at night trying to think why the flowers would say that. also that poor whale.

What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to and why?

Nothing can compare

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Given the opportunity of a long car ride, yes everytime

Any additional comments?

whatever i could possibly type, the infinite number of things that i could say, it would still be not enough to express or explain why i love this book. So it is with deep regret that after hours of contemplation of what i could say the answer....................your not going to like it..........................your really not going to like it..........................................................................................its.............................................................42

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Awesome

loved it and Stephen fry did a great job with the narrative

I highly recommend it

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An adventure and a half

Stephen Fry's voice gives the story a very surreal feeling, and after a short while I was fully invested. Though I'm a big fan of Martin Freeman's narrations in the following books, Mr. Fry's narration is extremely well done and should not be left unfinished.

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  • 05-23-17

Zany British Humor at its best.

I had always wanted to know what it was all about, but it took 62 yrs for me to finally know it. Now it's your turn. Mice

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Hilarious, silly, witty, a classic!

Stephen Fry does a great job bringing the story to life. I have read the book itself many times since I was a kid and it is one of my all time favourites. I'm not a scifi fan but Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series is exactly the tone of humour that I adore, so I would recommend these to anyone!