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Publisher's Summary

Just keep laughing and nobody will get hurt! Author Douglas Adams kidnapped an audience and held them hostage for 90 minutes at London's Almeida Theatre. The audience members were subjected to extremely hot August temperatures and Adams's dramatic solo performances of excerpts and scenes from his wildly funny, wildly popular books The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything. LEARN how to fly! HEAR about Arthur and the Irrational Sofa! GROAN at Marvin's escapade with the Frogstar Battle Robot! Adams may have a cult following, but it's the happiest cult around, thanks to his inventive, absurd, and impish humor which comes through fully in this release.
Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy."

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

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What listeners say about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Live in Concert

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VERY FUNNY! Excellent performance by the author. Too short but worthwhile.

I’ve never known of Douglas Adams in his lifetime but I miss him nevertheless. I’ve read all his books twice and will read them again.

This is a live show, not a full book, just excepts from the book, for about an hour. But his performance is greater than any actors. AND FUNNY.

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Narrator is really annoying

This is a live reading of the book, and I found the readers mannerisms and his side comments to be distracting and took away from the story. Would not recommend.

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  • Sean
  • 31-12-2003

A Live Performance

Almost twenty years ago, shortly after The Meaning of Liff was published, a friend of mine called me up and invited me to see Douglas Adams that evening at MIT. When Douglas came on stage he started the evening off with a few stories. He next explained how The Meaning of Liff came to be written and then proceeded to read several definitions. Finally, he went on to read selected excerpts from the Hitchhiker?s Trilogy and afterwards he willingly signed my three paperback books.

I mention the above because I thoroughly enjoyed, and have never forgotten, that wonderful evening. Hearing all the writings/speeches/interviews from The Salmon of Doubt being read was wonderful and it vividly brought that evening back to life for me. So much so that I wanted to listen to Douglas performing live again, so I purchased this audio book.

Unfortunately, this live performance did not captivate me. It is missing the spontaneity and sense of fun that I felt twenty years. This is partly due to my enjoying Douglas?s stories and readings from The Meaning of Liff, missing here, very much. However, I also remember his readings of the Hitchhiker?s excerpts as being funnier and warmer than this performance.

I give this audio book a qualified recommendation. If you have never heard Douglas Adams in person than I think you will enjoy his performance here. However, if you have heard him perform in person then you may feel like me after hearing this.

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  • Tyler
  • 20-09-2016

Not the full story

I was under the impression this was the full book. It is not, however, it is still entertaining.

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  • Duncan W.
  • 06-08-2018

Brilliant Writing and Performance

Douglas Adams performing his own writing is fantastic. I usually enjoy authors reading for an audiobook. This is the most entertaining and active reading of Hitchhiker's I've ever heard. Give it a shot! if you like the books, you'll laugh at this.

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  • W. Fisher
  • 24-10-2017

A joy to listen

I enjoy listening to this often.
An excellent humorist with a wicked sense of humour!

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  • Eddie Valle
  • 29-05-2022

Only Douglas

great like everything Douglas did. not much else to say. should know a thing or 2 about the guide first tho

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  • Kevin Campbell
  • 17-10-2021

It's more Hitchhiker's Guie!

It's hard to write a review for something so clearly for people who will already enjoy the work in question. If you don't know the Hitchhiker's Guide, this isn't a great place to start. If you do, then you'll enjoy this.

Is there really anything else to be said? It's wonderful!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2020

great

as the author is narrating its an amazing experience. the way he pieces together bits to reveal a diferent view of the story is fantastic.

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  • Lou Morr
  • 18-04-2020

perfect listening for social distancing!

I loved this! It was a joy to hear Adams ' voice , he did all of the caricatures . This not from the first book, but selections from other books in the series. If you are a fan you will love this and if you're not, give it a chance.

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  • Nashvillesongbird
  • 24-03-2019

The Enjoyably Mad Ravings of a Wonderful Genius

Having Douglas Adams' voice and his literary spirit as captured in this concertized version of selected excerpts from, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," shows how his creativity made the world brighter place and that we lost his genius all too soon.
This recording leads us on a merry ride of frantic sci fi lore only a person of bright intellect can create.
I am happy this recording is in my collection. I will listen to it over and over again and
I know it will brighten my day each time I do.

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  • Nakul Shenoy
  • 27-11-2018

My Go-To listen!

This live rendition of the Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams is my go-to listen. I have lost the count of how many times I have listened to it (a feature-request if there ever was one, Audible?), yet the hilarity of it never fails to bring many laughs and joy. Even as he is reading, Douglas Adams brings spontaneity to it – and that is magical!

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  • Lee Grant
  • 21-05-2015

A chance to hear the definitive version...

This production isn't the type that'll win awards.

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It's not glossy, well produced and sometimes the quality of the recording is barely adequate.

None of these are important details either.

It's a chance to hear Douglas Adams read his wonderful prose in a live environment, the literary equivalence of the rock-god slamming his fender in front of a sweaty, thrashing crowd.

The joy of Audible is hearing authors read their own work, the extra detail inferred from an inflection or simple pause adds layers of delicious delight without adding words.

To hear Douglas do this is a treat and if you're a fan of his work then this really does demand your attention.

This last point is an important detail.

Share & Enjoy.

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  • Tyler
  • 06-02-2018

Can I give more than 5 stars?

Despite its short length when compared to even the “phases” series, this Douglas Adams concert is a must-listen for hitchhikers fans. I’ve burned through 6 credits this month on that series and this programme, and have loved every minute of listening!

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  • C. G. Brown
  • 17-04-2016

Share and enjoy

The Truth, the Whole Truth, & nothing But the Truth . . . . .

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  • Palatine
  • 25-04-2019

very very enjoyable

if you love the other audio books about Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy you will love this!

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