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Publisher's Summary

“Wild satire.... The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes.” (Chicago Tribune)

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 killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.  

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galaxy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it - and don't know it!

“Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading.” (Arizona Daily Star)

©1982 Serious Productions, Ltd. (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Quick Pace. Great wit.

Gotta pay attention or you can get lost pretty quick in the language and craziness that happens throughout the book.

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Martin Freeman is funny and easy to understand.

This made a long trip much shorter. Douglas's comedic sci fi aporoach and his ability to find the cosmic laughs in mundane activities is extraordinary.

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Out of this world!

I loved every insane minute of it! Martin Freeman is a master story teller. Douglas Adams is a brilliant nut-bar and I love all the "Galaxy" series. Two thumbs up!

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Magnificent

Loved every minute! Constantly kept guessing, and Freeman's rendition is tremendous. Love the added voice effects.

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Very funny, albeit not the best Hitchhiker

while not my favorite hitchhiker book in terms of story, this one is still very funny, very clever and very much worth your time. The voice performance is great, and the characters of Hactar and Prack are both very memorably weird. Martin Freeman has clearly put in a lot of thought and effort to his narration.

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  • 2018-05-26

Morgan Freeman is awesome

Morgan Freeman does an excellent job. Probably the best audiobook performance I've ever heard. bam!

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  • J. Morgan
  • 2007-02-03

It's my favorite of the series

This book started out as meast least favorite of the series, but has grown on me ever since. It's now my favorite and, in my opinion, is Adams' most creative Hitchhiker book. Martin Freeman is a top rate narrator. He is much more versatile in his voice acting than I would have thought, has unique voices for each character, and is highly entertaining. I highly recommend this book, or any of this series.

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  • Stacy H.
  • 2019-01-18

Why is there music playing in the background???

Why is there music playing in the background? you can't even hear the narrator! The story is fantastic and I love the entire Hitchiker's series! I have all the paperbacks but I don't have the time to actually re-read them, so I turned to Audible. I wanted to at least listen to them in the car as I drive to and from my jobs, but the music is so annoying and infuriating! And it's only at certain parts of the book, too! WHY???

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  • Luke Morrison
  • 2017-05-09

They changed the words???

They change the word Fu©k to Belgium? I can understand in this day and age the insatiable need to cut out any hint of political incorrectness but come on? This ruins Douglas Adams writing. Terrible idea. please make it available with the original and correct words.

Martin Freeman did a good job narrating this book. Other than the above this is a well done version of the book.

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  • E in Atlanta
  • 2016-10-28

completely different read 25 years later

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When I read these as a 14 year old, I thought they were hilarious. As a 40 year old, this one made me cry. A perfect portrait of middle age depression and the absurdism employed to cope in the face of the second half of life.

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  • Brandon
  • 2016-09-14

Bravo for Martin Freeman. Best man for the job.

If you perfer mono-readers rather than a group of people reading the script, then Martin Freeman is your guy. The voices for each character are constant and hardly ever change. Ever. Thank you Martin Freeman.

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  • Dallas D.
  • 2015-07-03

Great

Love Martin as a actor and reader and Douglas Adams. Win,Win combination in my opinion.

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  • Lynda
  • 2020-08-20

Best book in my library

I have hundreds of books now and I listen to this one monthly. So charming and wacky! This is Douglas Adams' best work, and Martin Freeman is the perfect narrator. No shrieky voices or annoying sfx. Just a great actor lovingly reading, with impeccable comedic timing.

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  • john
  • 2015-05-28

funny!

great funny story. classic tongue in cheek humor or life. you will do it over and over

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  • Mihai Bîrsan
  • 2012-09-26

A very fun read if you're hooked on the series

Would you listen to Life, the Universe, and Everything again? Why?

I see myself listening to this book again, mainly because it's very funny. "Haha" funny, not funny like a funny smell. Also, I'm pretty sure I've missed a few details here and there while giggling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was a speck of dust on one of the baseball bats. It stood out because it reappeared every time Arthur was looking away. I think it was Marvin's fault.

What about Martin Freeman’s performance did you like?

Martin Freeman was probably the best pick to read this series with, perhaps, the exception of that famous radio news presenter from Han Wavel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually almost did! I started listening to the book on a Saturday morning, and I kept listening through while doing chores around the house. I ended up doing more chores than planned, and I think I accidentally cleaned someone else's spaceship. And ever since, I can't imagine why, my fridge no longer needs electricity: I just need to feed it some restaurant bills.

Any additional comments?

This book is definitely the opposite of belgium. (Not the country.)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-16

good

good g a a a s s d d d d. f f f f it's good ok.