The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Audiobook CD - 2005
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--The Boston Globe
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 fifteen 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; 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 between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel
A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.
--Publishers Weekly From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, p2005.
ISBN: 9780739322208
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Fry, Stephen 1957-


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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.

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.

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!

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.

Jun 26, 2014

This was weird, like really weird. It was funny, though.
The ending didn't make much sense, but I suppose that was to leave room for the next book.

Apr 19, 2014

Just as amazing the second time around! Humorous and unexpected with delightful characters and amusing twists and turns!

Sep 05, 2013

Having read the books and seen the television series years ago, I figured listening while driving to/from work would be interesting. It is worth noting that the tv series stayed fairly true to the original radio broadcasts but stopped at a logical point somewhere around the halfway through and for good reason. The remainder of the original series was less inspired and the last 2 CDs in this 8 CD set were just interviews. The audio quality and sound effects are not on par with today's standards so I'd recommend the books or tv series over the original audio. My kids didn't think it was funny either. Still, if you want something to listen to while driving it's not bad.

Aug 18, 2013

Excellent audiobook! Stephen Fry was a perfect choice. The great story plus amazing voice-acting makes for an overall wonderful experience. Highly recommended

Jan 22, 2013

Witty and entertaining, this audiobook had me laughing out loud. Douglas Adams has a brilliant way of putting the world around us into perspective. It is amazing how much of an adventure this audiobook manages to take you on in only six hours. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for a reason to smile, or simply searching for a momentary escape from an otherwise mundane day.

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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."

Aug 18, 2013

Don't panic!


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