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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Stephen Fry

5 Hours 52 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .

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    Funny and really entertaining.

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  • Virginia M

    Two of our boys grew up loving this book, so I thought it would be a fun 'road trip' book. Glad I listened to it, I don't feel out of the loop any more! Very nice job on the part of the narrator! Story line was interesting and creative. I enjoyed the first two-thirds best. The wrap up, finish of the story is a bit untidy. Overall, very amusing, entertaining and there were at least 9 out loud chuckles!

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  • Christopher L.

    Loved it!

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  • John R.

    Stephen fry is an awesome reader. This was a great book too! Now I\'m just filling in 50 character limit WOW!

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  • joel beneteau

    Perfect combination of book and narrator.

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  • nab6215

    Stephen Fry was the perfect choice for narrating this wonderful piece of space silliness. I loved it and will listen to the rest of the series.

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  • Lauren Flores

    I initially got this book to go to sleep to, but it's hard to sleep because I always get wrapped up in the story. This is one of my favorite books to return to. Great job!

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  • Dean P.

    I enjoyed reading this dozens of years ago and I own the BBC series. It was such a delight to hear Stephen Fry read it as the voices he did were so close to the characterizations in the TV series. What a wonderful nostalgia trip.

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  • Jahmil E.

    One of my favorites of all time!

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  • Lin ├ům

    Absolute classic!

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