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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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  • MsLemon
  • Aptos, CA United States
  • 12-12-11


I have listened to hundreds of Audio Books, and Stephen Fry is the most talented reader I have encountered. The book, of course, is a classic. Fry's narration makes this a most enjoyable listen.

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Short, but fun.

Very entertaining. Worth keeping for future 're-reading'

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  • Adam
  • Lancaster, PA, USA
  • 10-04-09

Pure Brilliance

Stephen Fry's narration is perfect. Add this to Adam's imaginative humor and plot, and you have a combination that's sure to delight Hitchhikers new and old.

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  • Susie
  • Holladay, UT, USA
  • 03-02-09

Love it.

The story was very funny. I really enjoyed it, and the reading was great. He did a very good job, and I couldn't stop laughing.

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  • TT
  • 12-05-07

Never stopped being fun

I knew the box had an amazing opening but I was concerned that it might become the joke that was told a few too many times. It never did. I was engaged until the very end -- wondering which of the other Guides to listen to next.

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  • Raul
  • santa fe springs, CA, USA
  • 10-13-05

great new version

I liked it alot
i had another version on audio tape from the 90's or so
I liked this verion

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lots of Fun

Not a very long book, but a whole lot of fun. The reader was great.

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Funny....entertaining. Great humor!

I loved this book, and have no idea what took me so long to listen/read it. Reminds me of Python humor that I love so much. I laughed so much on the freeway, I KNOW that people thought I was having an attack or something. <smile>

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  • Dean
  • Cupertino, CA, USA
  • 06-17-05

Warning: Fun Adventure Ahead

But make sure you bring an open and creative mind. Everything seems believable but nothing seems plausible.

Being a self-professed geek, I'm not sure what took me so long to get around this classic sci-fi adventure. I LOVED this story! Douglas Adams is a genious who concocts a brilliantly goofy scifi tale.

The story is about two men, the first an alien who travels through the universe to write articles for the Hitchhiker's Guide and the second an earthling who gets whisked away on this journey. The fun is seeing how these very different personalities deal with seemingly random, coincidental scenarios.

Douglas Adam weaves a tale of silly events, connecting together unlikely things to bring to the reader a very fanciful and enjoyable story. I'm looking forward to the second book!

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The book that hooked me to Audible

I never thought i would be into audiobooks, but this one, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, did the trick. Douglas Adams wrote an extrodinary story of science fiction, with space ships, androids, aliens and more, but within ordinary contexts. And that, i believe, makes the story special and funny. The narrator is superb, especially its Zaphod impression. An excellent audiobook that will not dissapoint, don't be fooled by the movie.

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