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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Written by: Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (804 ratings)

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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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WOW. WOW. This is really amazing.

You better hope you have free time when you start this book, or you'll hate yourself for never finishing it.

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Wow Stephen Fry

I can’t believe the vocal range of this man!! Incredible! This is the first book, with only one narrator, that I felt was like a film without visuals. I loved how his accent changed, how his tone and pitch were delivered. It really made the story. The story itself has been on my tbr list for a very long time, and I’m
So happy to have finally had such a stupendous introduction to Douglas Adams. Highly recommended!

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Insightful and very entertaining!

A thoroughly enjoyable book. Fun to read or listen to. Full of clever jokes and very interesting remarks.

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Loved it.

I had already read the series, but to have it read to me was great. I laughed out loud.

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Perfect

Stephen Fry reading Douglas Adams is sublime. It is the perfection of the art of audiobooks. It is what all audiobooks hope to be when they grow up.

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love Stephen fry

I'm new to audiobook, but just listening to it adds an extra dimension to the experience. also helps that Stephen Fry's subtle yet rich performance made this book a sensational time

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Hilarious!

I don’t often laugh out loud reading or listening to books, but I did often with this one! What a great performance by Stephen Fry!

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Wonderfully Read!

Beautiful voice and consistent voice acting. I cannot wait to jump into the second book.

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HILARIOUS

Stephen fry is perhaps the single most perfect person to read you this amazing book

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Fantastic read for a fantastic book

Very much enjoyed it. The narrator was marvelous, made it enjoyable to listen to. It liked the subtle humor thought the book.

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  • Randall
  • 2009-04-25

Fun nonsense

I like everything Douglas Adams writes. This is the first I read in his Hitchhiker series, I quickly read the rest.

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  • J. Medany
  • Aylesbury UK
  • 2005-05-08

HHTGH - Lightly Fried

I have Douglas's narration of the Book which is a joy - and Now I Have Stephen Fry's which polishes the Diamond.

First - Rest assured this is a just a reissue of the original - Not a book of the Film. The Film was Ok but not nearly true enough to its sources (Radio Play, Book, TV series - in that order) - This book brings the voice of Fry - who is an excellent narrator (and a close friend of DNA's) into the mix. He brings more life to the book than Douglas did (Douglas was a great speaker - but when it comes to narrating entire books his performance has high and lows) and I recommend this to all. If you havn't heard the story before - First buy the radio series then go back to the books. Buy Fry's narration then go to Douglas' - you will get the best experience that way.

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  • Erika
  • Colton, NY, USA
  • 2009-01-12

lovely

it's possible i could listen to stephen fry read the phone book and be pleased, but this is such a wonderful book as well. wickedly funny and imaginative.

60 of 66 people found this review helpful

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  • Rene
  • North Windham, CT, USA
  • 2005-05-28

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

This was my first Audio book...a friend told me I should choose a book that was not to long, and recommended The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...I loved this book...Absolutely Outstanding. The story was fun to listen to. The speaker is also excellent. I have since purchased all of Douglas Adam's stories. Great Read.

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  • Ben Preston
  • Anchorage, AK USA
  • 2013-03-15

This version is Brilliant!

I'm sure you already know this book is Hilarious, but having Stephen Fry as the narrator takes Douglas Adams' wonderful work to a whole new level. It's like having an entire chocolate cake served to you on a solid gold platter by Sara Lee herself.
I already owned this audiobook, but I had to buy it again just to hear it read by Stephen Fry.

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  • OriginalCyn
  • 2005-05-16

Bring Back the Adams-Narrated Earlier Version!

If you've seen the movie, you ain't seen nothin' yet! The book is an exceptional one to listen to IF YOU CAN FIND THE VERSION NARRATED BY DOUGLAS ADAMS. And the one currently offered by Audible.com isn't it.

Stephen Fry's a wonderful actor, but he's nowhere near as wonderful as Adams is as the narrator of his own work. As a side note, Audible.com DOES carry the Adams-narrated versions of the rest of the Hitchhiker's Guide "Trilogy".

The material is truly inspired. Philosophical and down to earth (so to speak). If you've got a post-modern sense of irony but find phrases such as "post-modern sense of irony" pretentious and yawn-worthy -- you've found your pick. It's delightful from start to finish, and offers more food for thought than you might imagine.

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  • Moonwolf
  • 2009-12-29

Such a classic

Still an awesome, funny, all time classic. Well read by an easy to understand british gentleman. Awesome quality, great story. Very easy to visualize from the way it's read.

I have read 3 versions of the book, seen the original BBC mini series, the newer movie, and heard several radio broadcast versions and this is definetly one of the better ones. Well worth anyone's time and money whether it's your first time hearing this story or your 100th. It's funny, intriguing, unique, and just an all-time SciFi classic.

Truly enjoyable from start to finish.

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  • Stephanie
  • Burbank, CA, United States
  • 2005-10-19

Excellent Audio Book

I enjoyed the audio book very much. I don't know why, but years ago I tried to read the book but couldn't get through it. Have not seen the movie.
If you like british humour like Monty Python you'll like this book and the audio version as well. I have not heard the earlier version by the author but I would definately listen to something else read by Stephen Fry.
This book made a long 6 hour drive much more enjoyable. Thanks.

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  • M?rten
  • TallinnEstonia
  • 2005-06-26

What a great book :)

This was a very good book and I enjoyd reading(lisening to be exact) to it. The book was funny and the reader was exeptional. As some words got lost because of my English knowledge the ideas and points still were very clear. I recomend this book to all and have bought the next audiobooks as well ;)

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  • Diana
  • Laredo, TX, United States
  • 2009-03-07

Hitched a fun ride to the 70's

I'm no fan of science fiction but this book is a classic; it is hilarious in its absurdity. If you enjoy the humor of Monty Phyton, you'll love this book. And such a great reader! The intonation and British accent is a perfect match. Loved it, loved it...

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  • Caetano Veyssières
  • 2016-06-13

Bonne histoire

Quelques grossièretés scientifiques (non ne prenez surtout pas une inspiration avant une forte dépressiorisation), mais si on en fait fi ça passe très bien. La voix est excellente (sauf sur les quelques chansons)

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