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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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Exciting spin about nothing

It was a fun listen but I felt it was a hit lack luster for all the hype and it really delivering on the question... leaves you hanging and in my opinion not in a good way.

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Good. Really good. Vastly, hugely, mind bogglingly

Hilarious classic. It feels kind of like a Charles Dickens novel adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, only they're in space and the Holy Grail is the answer to life, the universe and everything. As for Fry's performance, it's excellent: one of the few cases I actually prefer the audiobook to the text version.

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Amazing

Very good book. And very well performed! Im unable to find anything i dislike!
Highly recommended!

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Worth a sharing! Love to relax to my family traits., this book has just about every odd person in my famy! Love the humor

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A must-listen

Story: I loved the story itself. Douglas Adam's style of presenting ex machina in a fashion that doesn't take itself seriously and recognizes the coincidence is absolutely brilliant. The Jabberwocky style of using nonsensical creatures, things, and places that don't require cultural knowledge was entertaining enough. But the manner in which he deliberately explained what each of them was or acted as if everyone knew what is was at seemingly random selection was well executed. He provided tangents and side stories which seemed entirely irrelevant but would occasionally be directly related to the plot or story in a way that made you laugh at the coincidence.
Narration: committed narrator who faithfully distinguishes the voices of each character and did an awesome job expressing the tone of the dialogue. I took off one star ONLY because his voice range could have been a little better, broader.

The most engaged I've ever been with an audio book. I'm hooked now.

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HILARIOUS!!

this was a fun read, hilarious writing. will read again, probably many times. will recommend

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Why have I never listed to this before? Excellent!

An absolutely charming book, twisted little plot, crazy use of over-the-top adverbs, stellar narration, awesome turns of phrases and likable characters.

I honestly don't know why I have never picked this up before. It's a gem!

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All you need

H2G2 will satisfy your scientific and humorous hunger all in one bite, without the least bit of regret.

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Great book read exceptionally well

I was really pleased with this book and the reading of this book. highly recommend.

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Simply put, this is a classic.

Douglas Adams captures your imagination in a way that is both silly and intellectual. To make you question "what is life" and "why are we even asking." A very fun book indeed.