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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audiobook

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Publisher's Summary

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

©1979 Serious Productions Ltd (P)2005 Random House US

What the Critics Say

"By turns authoritative as the narrator, bemused as Arthur Dent, deadpan as Ford Prefect and manic as Zaphod Beeblebrox, he [Stephen Fry] makes an altogether appropriate reader . . . The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" (The Times)

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    Liz Schneidewin 24/03/2016
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    "It's Hitchhiker's! Need I say more?"

    Really amazingly amazing! A totally stunning story; real, 'Wow, that's funny' time. Hitchhiker's is just so brilliant that brilliance itself seems really dingy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Kellyville, Australia 08/06/2016
    Jennifer Kellyville, Australia 08/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Stephen Fry's narration does credit to a wonderful book, and brings it to life. Great audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tatiana 13/03/2016
    tatiana 13/03/2016
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    "Funny!"

    This is the first time I read it after years of hearing about it. Interesting how the references, politics, bureaucracies, etc are still relevant. The story is told in a light and funny way, with quite a ew moments of laugh out loud :) definitely worth a read (or listen).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan B 12/03/2016
    Dan B 12/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing journey!"

    Absolutely loved Stephen Fry's performance of this audio book. Characters felt real. looking forward to listening to the rest of this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Putters 15/12/2015
    Putters 15/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    While listening to this I started wondering why Steven Fry didn't just write this book in the first place. He just nailed the narration of the book. It was a great experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 27/04/2014
    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 27/04/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "A Classic Read by a Classic British - Stephen Fry"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the main character is british and Stephen Fry really does an amazing job, making the british proud!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    Great story and can easily visualise the story unfolding!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Cook 20/02/2017
    Colin Cook 20/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing listen"

    The book is amazingly read by Stephen Fry, he perfectly brings the characters to life and the story flows seamlessly.

    This is the perfect book for an easy fun and thought provoking listen. Funny, witty and intelligent, an excellent choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jack 20/01/2017
    Jack 20/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    Perfect light hearted east read/listen. Would recommend for absolutely anyone. Definitely better than the movie

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    Amazon Customer 14/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Just great"

    Fry does a great job, very fun listening. Even worth it if you've read the book

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    Oliver Kluge 06/12/2016
    Oliver Kluge 06/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A masterpiece"

    One of my favourite books of all time, narrated by one of my favourite voices.

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  • Matthew
    Singapore, Singapore
    8/01/14
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    "Stephen Fry is so, so good"

    This is just so damn British. I’m afraid my enjoyment for this book was enhanced a little too much by nostalgic memories of offbeat britcoms like Blackadder and (especially) Red Dwarf.

    Speaking of influences I can’t help but wonder if—the very American—Futurama was partly inspired by Hitchhikers? Did anyone else notice the striking resemblance between Zapp Brannigan and Zaphod Beeblebrox? I had an image of Zapp in my mind every time Zaphod appeared on the page.

    But back to Britain… when I learned the critical component of the Infinite Improbability Drive was a cup of hot tea… let’s just say it warmed my heart and provoked a spontaneous, gentle smile.

    Apart from being terribly British, it’s also dreadfully amusing and easy-to-read. I loved it.

    As for Stephen Fry’s narration of this audio-version --- *sigh* --- the man is a genius and has remained consistently on my list of “Fantasy Dinner Party Invitees” for the last 15 years so—obviously I would like to hack into the Audible website and somehow assign a sixth star in the category of “performance”.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stelio
    Boksburg, South Africa
    2/06/13
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    "My Memories have been Fry'ed..."

    always loved Douglas Adams as a young Adult and was meaning to re read the trilogy (in four parts of course) in any case.

    this was well worth the buy as Stephen Fry really does an outstanding performance, just bringing the book to life. This must be the best version of this work in my opinion, much netter than reading the book myself or watching the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rune
    Kingsgrove, Australia
    26/11/12
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    "Hitchhiker never fails to entertain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not the sort of person who recommends things to my friends - they're just so finicky. However, should I find out that a friend is a Hitchhiker's fan AND a Stephen Fry fan AND they ask me if it was any good I'd tell them, "Yes, yes and yes!"

    The performance of this story that I know so well brought me new laughs and enjoyment.

    What a shame the story reminded me of how old I am by reminding me of how old it is.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
    Marrickville, Australia
    1/10/12
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    "Always a winner"

    I read this book when I was 20. Over a decade later, I thought it was about time to re-read it. So, with a puzzle in front of me, I began listening to this funny story once again. I just did it to feel good, to laugh, and to reminisce.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Williamson
    27/07/16
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    "Just ok"

    Stephen fry is fantastic as always. However as a newcomer to the series I wasn't a huge fan. Mainly because I didn't particularly like the humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    16/04/16
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    "Five stars a fantastic book brilliantly read."

    Five stars, a fantastic book brilliantly read and performed.
    So much detail in this book every time I listen to it I pick up on a new joke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AliceAlison
    13/07/15
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    "Hilarious sarcasm"

    Stephen Fry perfectly captures the British humor in the story and it's a wonderful performance.
    The story is extraordinary, too. I sometimes cannot help bursting into laughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    28/05/15
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    "Fantastic!"

    Absolutely loved the book, thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, Stephen Fry. Found it very entertaining. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morizza
    18/01/15
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    "Loved it."

    An amazing interstellar adventure with lots of humour and a great story! A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel Lake
    30/12/14
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    "An absolute classic"

    kids loved it - and I loved reliving the humour of what turns out to be a fairly timeless novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    4/09/13
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    "A classic from a comic genius, read wonderfully"
    Where does Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up. I had read the book and seen the BBC series beforehand so knew the story (so far) so there was not the novelty factor of other great reads. It was great to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Dent. A man more out of his depth than any other man has ever been out of his depth before, and unlikely to be outdone as his planet has been destroyed and he is the last man alive, in or out of his depth.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great book that everyone should read before the end of the world.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Chester, UK
    23/12/12
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    "A brilliant book, brilliantly read!"

    When I saw Stephen Fry had narrated this, I had to listen to it; adn I was not dissappointed!



    Stephen reads Adams's dry, sarcastic humour exactly so; with his own dry & sarcastic wit.



    He does what the movie couldn't; actually make the book sound plausible (no matter how far fetched & bizarre it really is).



    Absolutely recommended listening!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom
    31/01/14
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    "Amazing, want more!"

    I absolutely love this book. I originally didn't want to read it, thinking it was a spin-off of the movie and would ruin the really good film. The book is much more than the film!

    This is one of my favourite stories ever. Wish there were more books like this, classic British humour, read by classic British voice.

    A really good story, keeps you gripped and entertained without stressing you out. The lighthearted and fun syntax is uplifting, the character descriptions and generally everything about its universe is perfect. Beautiful.

    Brilliant. Wish there was more like this! :D

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    London, United Kingdom
    14/10/13
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    "Excellent story, really well-read"
    What did you like most about Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    It's hard to find something new to say about this story. It's been wonderful every time it's been told. And Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    hessle, United Kingdom
    11/09/13
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    "Unmissable, quirky adventure. Perfectly performed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook. The story itself is quirky, comedic and unbelievable until you have actually read or listened to it. I don't think you particularly have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy Hitchhiker's - a good sense of humour is the only pre-requisite! Hitchhikers does well as an audiobook and I could think of no better performer than Stephen Fry to read it,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marvin, the loveable depressed android, is my favorite character. Such an original and unique take on humanoid robots; uniquely and hilariously captured.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    I love ANY book read by Stephen Fry. His voice is especially suited to the quirky (that word again!) characters and events that take place in Hitchhikers. He does not just read the words, he performs the story and does it beautifully whilst still staying true to the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    An event concerning a whale is my favourite part of the story... but I don't want to give too much away!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    PEVENSEY, United Kingdom
    8/09/13
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    "Cult book all Sixth formers must read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this book as it is a modern classic that would appeal to teenagers and those reminiscing of bygone years


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strong opposing character


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh and reminded me of the TV adaptation created in the 80s


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jasper
    Scotland
    4/07/16
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    "Brilliantly Off the wall book, excellently read"

    If you like your humour surreal, mad, and unobviously obvious, then you will like this book. This version is read by Stephen Fry, who spent a lot of time with Adams sharing their Apple Geekery before the word 'Fanboy' had ever been applied to Apple Disciples. I always prefer actors reading books as they always seem to give it a bit more gusto, and this certainly applies to Stephen Fry here. Overall a very good book read very well. Although I did feel it was a bit short. Just have to find the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe now, I guess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    3/07/16
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    "A well read classic"

    This fantastically witty and off-beat story may be familiar to many due to its various tv and film incarnations. The unique characters and plot are brilliantly read by Stephen Fry and this allows the listener to indulge in an unusually involved experience, not unlike that of an old-school radio play. I thoroughly recommend this title and will admit that I have previously struggled with Adams' work, though in this form it worked beautifully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR L J D HENDERSON
    16/06/16
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    "better than the film"

    narrator kept me focused and the story was just marvellous to hear and fantastically written

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel23
    UK
    29/04/15
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    "Brilliantly narrated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not have chosen to listen to this of my own accord, but it was a book club choice. And I am very glad that it was chosen, as it is a treat to listen to Stephen Fry do it justice. It was not written as a novel, it was apparently first released on BBC as Book at Bedtime, or something like that, so this is the perfect format. Once you have listened to it, you will understand just how it has become absorbed into every day language. The story is fine, and there are some great moments and some laugh out loud bits, which are well worth it. But no, I would not say to anyone: You really must read this. But if you do, I think you will be glad that you did.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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