Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 52,133 ratings

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 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!

©1980 Serious Productions Ltd (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,201
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26,508
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,512

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

    • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 526
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 489
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 491

    One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stephen Fry is so, so good

    • By Matthew on 01-08-14

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,519
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,342

    Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this book!

    • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Martin Freeman ruined this book series for me

    • By sjouke on 09-20-15

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 3

    • Life, the Universe, and Everything

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3
    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,747
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,930

    The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's my favorite of the series

    • By J. Morgan on 02-03-07

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Life, the Universe, and Everything

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Serie ever

    • By Anonymous User on 07-21-18

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 4

    • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,818
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816

    Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • In love with the girl

    • By Dusty Harrison on 10-15-15

    Regular price: $23.93

    • So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It’s not an easy thing to do and Arthur Dent thinks he’s the only human who’s been able to master this nifty little trick - until he meets Fenchurch, the girl of his dreams. Fenchurch knows how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately she’s forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God’s Final Message to His Creation they go in search of it. And in a dramatic break with tradition - actually find it....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book<br />

    • By Anonymous User on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 5

    • Mostly Harmless

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,608
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151

    It's not just a trilogy any more. In the fifth book of this popular series, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, and immediately all hell breaks loose. In short, it's up to him to save the world from total multi-dimensional obliteration, the Guide from a hostile alien takeover, and the daughter he never knew he had, from herself. A tall order, to say the least. And one he's really not up to, thank you very much.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The end....

    • By Joe Potter on 03-20-15

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Mostly Harmless

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Arthur Dent hadn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth had been blown up. Depressed and alone, Arthur finally settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There’s nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all - he’s encountered most of them before.… Volume Five in the Trilogy of Five.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5th still awesome

    • By Anonymous User on 08-30-18

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 6

    • And Another Thing...

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6
    • By: Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,197

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe

    • By John Williams on 10-15-09

    Regular price: $25.09

    • And Another Thing...

    • Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Part Six of Three
    • By: Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea....Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has travelled the length, breadth and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forwards and backwards through time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Froody Madness

    • By Penny on 11-17-09

    Regular price: $23.45