The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon."—The Washington Post Book World
SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of the original radio show on which the book was based.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read
Seconds before 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 fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod's girlfriend, 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 obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he's bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
Praise for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."Publishers Weekly
"Irresistable!"The Boston Globe
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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jecoons
Jul 29, 2019

The author wrote this in a weekend is my guess, while on medication. The end of the world in 5 minutes.

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DarkwaterMoore
Jun 20, 2019

Read the book before seeing the movie!!!

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Mikogee
Feb 24, 2019

Harmless. Mostly harmless with improbable, funny bits. Whatever the question was, if 42 is the answer, it cannot have been very interesting. 42 is not even prime. Jeez. I like the idea of mice running the planet. That explains a lot of things.

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GKL10101
Oct 01, 2018

If you're like me, you've already memorized large swaths of HG2G, so the audiobook won't be a hard sell—but the version narrated by the late author is still a delight. (And strangely relevant, what with the President of the Galaxy whose actual job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.)

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CMLPratt
Aug 31, 2018

An excellent blend of science fiction and satire. The narration could not have been better.

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readinJC
Jul 14, 2017

I am not a sci-fi person. But, with all the references to this book that I have heard over the last 30+ years, I presumed there must be SOMEthing that I was missing. Not at all.

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921Jack
Apr 22, 2017

Interestingly, although the listed narrator is Martin Freeman, Stephen Fry is the actual narrator.

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 30, 2017

I'm definitely not the audience for this book. It's not really my kind-of humor and it was frankly pretty boring.

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librarylizzard
Jul 09, 2015

Once you read (or listen) to this, it's no mystery why it's become a beloved sci-fi classic. With wacky names that make you giggle every time, to robots with depression, the blend of comedy and science fiction is masterful. I highly recommend this audio version, as the narration brought everything vividly to life in my mind's eye. Even those that shy away from hard sci-fi may find that this lighthearted, rollicking approach is splendid fun!

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alaksova
Jan 10, 2015

Stephen Fry was awesome, with just the right touch of what seemed like sarcasm laced into the audiobook. The actual plotline is brilliant, with many thought-provoking parts.

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alaksova
Jan 10, 2015

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons."

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Aug 18, 2013

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