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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Adams
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,565 customer reviews)

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Book Description

--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

Editorial Reviews Review

Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.


Don't panic! Here are words of praise for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive."

Washington Post

"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions."

Chicago Tribune

"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves."

School Library Journal

"As parody, it's marvelous: It contains just about every science fiction cliche you can think of. As humor, it's, well, hysterical."

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1030 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBC2C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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299 of 314 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to bring a towel December 12, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No matter how many times I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I've read it quite a few times already, it never fails to thrill me and induce bouts of almost uncontrollably hearty laughter. With this novel, Douglas Adams gave life to a phenomenon that will long outlive his tragically short life, delighting millions of readers for untold years to come. I'm not sure if science fiction had ever seen anything like this before 1979. This is science fiction made to laugh at itself while honoring its rich tradition, but it is much more than that. Adams' peculiarly dead-on humor also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and of course science. Whenever Adams encountered a sacred cow of any sort, he milked it dry before moving on. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually used his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it. This is one reason the book is so well-suited for multiple readings-a high level of enjoyment is guaranteed each time around, and there are always new insights to be gained from Adams' underlying, oftentimes subtle, ideas and approach.
Arthur Dent is your normal human being, and so he naturally is more concerned about his house being knocked down than facing the fact that the world is about to end. His friend Ford Prefect, he comes to learn, is actually a researcher from a planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, but before he can even begin to comprehend this fact, he finds himself zipped up into the confines of the Vogon space cruiser that has just destroyed the planet Earth.
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145 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the audio versions only March 9, 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Since there are many reviews of the book itself, I thought someone should review the audio versions independently. There are two versions of this title in audio format, the dramatized edition, which is abridged, and the version read by the author, which is unabridged; I have both! I you are a fan of the dramatized versions of books please be sure before you buy which version you are getting. I enjoyed both the dramatized version and the version read by Douglas Adams himself as each has its own pros and cons.
The Dramatized version, done by the BBC (or at least the version that I have is), is very well done, as are all of the BBC dramatizations. The cast does a fantastic job as does the special effects team on the sounds. Be aware that dramatized versions are typically abridged, which is not a big problem generaly but some people don't care for it. This version was originally released as a multiple part radio program so if you are familiar with that format you have a good idea of this version. The only drawbacks are the it is in an outmoded format (cassette) and that it is abridged.
The unabridged spoken version is read by the author, Douglas Adams, and is very good. This is a special treat since he has passed on. I enjoy the ability to hear the author's concept of how the story should read in his own voice. This version has a permanent home on my iPod so that anytime I need a little boost, I can queue it up. It is easy to listen to and quite enjoyable but if you are used to the dramatized versions of audio books you may find that it takes 5 or 10 minutes to get used to the single voice. It is worth it though!
I would recommend either audio version to anyone that commutes or has at least thirty minutes of free time at a stretch. Both versions are well done and are enjoyable to listen to. For anyone who has not experienced audio books before, I would recommend a good tile like this to start off with.
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Long Douglas, and thanks for all the laughs. May 15, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With the passing of Douglas Adams on Friday 5/11/2001, I picked up this book after quite a number of years and gave it a good ol' read....and you know what... this novel will forever be poignant, witty and downright entertaining. I laughed all over again. I mean, I really laughed. I'm going to miss Douglas.
Douglas wasn't just at the forefront of comedy-sci-fi....he basically created the genre. My only regret, along with quite a number of fans, is that we shall never again relish in the adventures of Arthur Dent and the gang. No more Vogon poetry. No more Pan Galactic Gargleblasters. No more Babel fish. No more tongue-twisting names. Therein lies the real shame.
New readers to Douglas Adams, take heart! Each of the novels that make up this series are all fantastic tales! If you own a copy of Hitchhiker's, you hold in your hands a classic! Cherish it always and read it as it was intended.... as a truly light-hearted romp through the cosmos.
Take a look at some of the reviews listed here. Over four hundred people can't be wrong. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is without a doubt one of the greatest books of all time by a quirky and innovative author. (We'll just have to forgive him for wearing a digital watch.)
Thank-you Douglas for the fun and adventures. You were one of a kind. May we one day meet at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The first round's one me. I'll bring the towel.
A classic. A gem. You must own this novel.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, irritating presentation October 11, 1998
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First, the good news: this contains the complete Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy novel, one of the greatest books ever written. Problem is, the photos and art that accompany this particular version only serve to distract the reader and snap him/her out of the fictional dream. Die-hard Adams fans are the only people who will really want this, and then purely as a conversation piece. If you are new to the world of the Guide, you would be better served by getting The Ultimate Hitch-Hiker's Guide, which has the text of this book plus the other four in the series and a short story, and no pictures.
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There is no traditional manipulation of violence or post apocalyptic drama... Just sheer enjoyable lunacy.
Published 9 days ago by Jack
2.0 out of 5 stars I read much better Science Fiction
It was an okay book but it did not speak to my imagination. I read much better Science Fiction books
Published 9 days ago by MJP
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny and well written
Published 9 days ago by Mayur
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritatingly self indulgent
Verbose, self indulgent writing spoils a good story. Maybe it's from a different age but the gags are repetitive and immature. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mr M J Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!!!
Published 10 days ago by Shadia
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be glad you read his book. Makes a lot of sense, actually.
I read this a 'way long time ago and have it to read again. Never disappointed.
Published 11 days ago by Isoiza
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and easy read
fun and easy read, better than the movie. pick this book for an easy book report kids, and the adults should pick it up for nostalgia and kicks!
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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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I didn't like the movie...will I like the book
definitely. I thought the movie was kind of boring, annoying and grim. the book is much better. it get's rid of the whole "oh we need to get the gun so we can get my head back and get the coordinates" thing. a lot of stuff was invented for the movie. the book is not at all boring.
Oct 19, 2008 by Aaron Mackler |  See all 9 posts
Is this book okay for a 12 year old
I'm reading it with my 10-year-old. There are some adult themes, but nothing too bad, and he is falling head-over-heels in love with the book, which is so gratifying that I will explain any number of subtle sexual innuendoes just for the joy of seeing him experience this story. I haven't read it... Read More
Feb 24, 2009 by CLC |  See all 9 posts
Difference between two kindle editions?
There are slight differences between the British and American versions of the books in the series. Mostly, the British version contains some rougher language that has been toned down. For example, an alien in the third book, "Life The Universe And Everything" calls Arthur Dent "a... Read More
Mar 24, 2009 by Ford Madox Prefect |  See all 5 posts
Kindle version?
No, you are not hallucinating. I bought this as my first book, because like you, it just seemed appropriate. Now my buddy bought a Kindle and this was going to be his first book as well. When he told me there was no Kindle version listed, I didnt believe him. Well, now I do. What's up with... Read More
Mar 28, 2009 by Edward W. Herrmann |  See all 4 posts
I'm a hoopy frood who always knows where his towel is at.
Completely agree.
Impossible to make so many great gags and deep little digs in so short a time. And a sin to have removed all the sacrilege. Now there's a paradox...
Apr 18, 2006 by AzFan |  See all 6 posts
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