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Publisher's Summary

“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.” (The Washington Post Book World)

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.   

Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally).

“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.” (Detroit Free Press)

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)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Featured Article: 42 Clever and Deep Quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Douglas Adams’s beloved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been enthralling earthlings since 1979. But before it was published, it was a series of broadcasts on BBC radio—listening to the audiobook lets you enjoy the original charm of its spoken performance. In the iconic volume that inspired six more books, a television series, a video game, and a feature film, esteemed actor and narrator Stephen Fry highlights some of Adams’s best passages.

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It’s just not fun anymore

I miss Stephen Fry.
I hate Martin Freeman.
The books are great.
That is all.

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I love this book!

Would you listen to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe again? Why?

Yes, it's a classic, and listening to it aloud makes it even more fun.

What did you like best about this story?

All of the Hitchhiker books are hilarious, and this one is no exception.

What about Martin Freeman’s performance did you like?

I liked his voice for Marvin the paranoid android.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I hate Martin Freeman's Zaphod Beeblebrox voice. He sounds like Joe Pesci.

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God bless Martin Freeman

I didn't think the Hitchhiker series could get any better than Stephen Fry narrating. Then I proceeded to book 2 and heard Martin Freeman in my ears. Goodbye Audible Credits! Totally. Worth. It. Best purchse so far on Audible.

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awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod

This book is beautifully read with the screeching halt exception of Zaphod Beeblebrox. For unknown reasons the narrator chose to read this character as a stereotypical New York thug. Think Rocky Balboa and you'll have it. Other than that, the book is excellent.

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Cringy Voice

I'm not saying it is the worse performance I've ever listened to. That is because Gary Chapman has narrated his own books. Stop yourself some pain searching for a sample. His performance is like is like Vogon poetry. Martin Freeman's voice of Zaphod Beeblebrox is like an American attempting a bad English accent and saying it is Australian. I can hardly concentrate on the story.

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Great, But not as great as book one

I thought this book was great. The first one was a bit better, but that is only because it has the natural advantage of being a bit more shocking to the reader making it slightly more exciting. By now your a little more used to, as is Arthur, the impressively random and outlandish events that stretched your brain in the first book. But there are still just as many random and outlandish adventures to be had in book two.

I'm not sure why everyone thought the narrator was so awful. I thought he was fine. I had a different reader for the first HGTTG. He was fine too.

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You'll be glad you got it

Don't be swayed by the comments about Zaphod. I thought it was an excellent performance. Martin Freeman gives Zaphod the voice that he has in the books. He is amusingly shallow and charmingly inarticulate. He has, of course, an American accent. In his boastful moments he sounds a little like a serene Al Pacino and in his frustrated moments a little like a slightly stunned Keanu Reeves.

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Still funny!

I have no idea why people are complaining about the narration. It's high quality and each character sounds unique. If you want a monotone boring narrator like the people below, then I guess this isn't for you. The narration in this book is very comparable to the great job Stephen Fry did in the first book.

The book itself is pretty good and makes me want to continue the series. I love the world, or should I say "universe" created by Douglas Adams in this series. It's refreshing and exciting.

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I don't think it was nearly as good as the first. But maybe it seems worse than it actually is because the narrator is so bad. Got so annoyed whenever he did half the voices. Especially Zaphod.

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Freeman is dreadful

Not since the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees has a worse business decision been made than to exchange the brilliant Stephen Fry for Martin Freeman as narrator. Freeman does not do voices, he does *accents*, many American, all off-putting, each one ruining Adams’s humor. Avoid at all costs.

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