The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Audiobook CD - 2005
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

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: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2005
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415922552
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Fry, Stephen 1957-


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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.)

Aug 31, 2018

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

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.

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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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