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

Douglas Adams , Neil Gaiman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,225 customer reviews)

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At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

It's safe to say that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest science fiction novels ever written. Adams spoofs many core science fiction tropes: space travel, aliens, interstellar war--stripping away all sense of wonder and repainting them as commonplace, even silly.

This omnibus edition begins with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction. Then in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur and his new friends travel to the end of time and discover the true reason for Earth's existence. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, the gang goes on a mission to save the entire universe. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish recounts how Arthur finds true love and "God's Final Message to His Creation." Finally, Mostly Harmless is the story of Arthur's continuing search for home, in which he instead encounters his estranged daughter, who is on her own quest. There's also a bonus short story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe," more of a vignette than a full story, which wraps up this completist's package of the Don't Panic chronicles. As the series progresses, its wackier elements diminish, but the satire of human life and foibles is ever present. --Brooks Peck


–San Diego Union

–The Atlantic

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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152 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series deserves Forty-Two stars November 26, 1999
This is undoubtedly the best sci-fi-comedy ever written, and I say that with confidence. Douglas Adams' wit is unmatched in this genre. I have re-read this series at least 5 times, and it gets better each time. Thanks to Adams's insight, I too am on a continual search for the reason why 42 is the answer (just look how many times it pops up randomly... or not so randomly)
In this classic story, Arthur Dent, a lovable and easily-confused Earthling gets dragged on the journey of a lifetime as Earth is destroyed by a group of Vogons to make way for a hyperspace by-pass. He is joined by a host of unforgettable characters: the easy-going researcher for the Hitchhikker's Guide to the Galaxy Ford Prefect; the hyper Two-Headed, Three-Armed President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox; and his sexy companion former-Earth-reporter Trillian; and Marvin, the hopelessly depressed android. Together, they are off to explore the galaxy, battle with pesky mice-geniuses (no, not Pinky and the Brain), eat dinner at the end of the universe, travel through time, meet the man who designed Norway, redefine "improbability," patronize and annoy countless alien races, search for a decent cup of tea in an unforgivig universe, and continue the eternal quest to find out why 42 is so darn important.
Adams is a visionary. This is unlike any series I have ever read. Although "Mostly Harmless" was a slightly disappointing conclusion(?) to such an entertaining series, I will always consider the Hitchhikkers' "Trilogy" to be among the greats. If you do not own or have never read these books, then this compilation is a necessity for you. I recommend that you purchase it immediately, call in sick from work, school, or whatever, put up a small Somebody Else's Problem (SEP) field around you, and read it and again and again.
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268 of 282 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plush Inspired Lunacy March 20, 2006
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I have been a fan of Douglas Adams since I first read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" when it was released. I have previously read all of these books (though I had not read the short "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe") before, some several times. When I saw this compendium I was compelled to buy it so I could have a volume with all this brilliant insanity in one place. I found Adams' introduction and explanation of the different Hitchhiker's permutations and iterations fascinating and revealing, and found all the books as whimsical and delightful as I had recalled. This edition has the added benefit of being printed on high quality ultra-thin paper, and being quite plushly bound. It definitely looks like an heirloom, but inside it is one hundred percent inspired lunacy.

Without question the original book is the crown jewel of the collection, and stands the test of time as one of the most original and brilliant novels written in the twentieth century. More than the plot following our heroes Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect (and a cast of thousands), it is Adams' amazing ability to turn a phrase into something not totally unlike any other book isn't that utterly distinguishes the first volume of the series. While that last sentence is an obvious homage to Adams, his wit and ability to redirect a line to a place that is totally unpredictable is uncanny. The book is not only brilliantly conceived, but glitters with a patina of dark humor which is utterly unique in literature, the only analog being the television and film productions of Monty Python.

I enjoyed the other volumes in the series as well, with the first three being my favorites.
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too much of a good thing June 28, 2001
While often embarrassing in a public place, laughing out loud while reading is an example of pure pleasure that so rarely occurs that any author capable of producing this effect should be commended. Douglas Adams is such an author. The only problem is his writing style should be taken in small doses, because when read all together you start to get buried in all the clever little comments and they lose their effectiveness. The first two novels in this series are two of the funniest books I have ever read. The basic plot is simple: Earth is destroyed to make way for an interstellar highway and Arthur Dent, one particularly hapless Earthman, is taken along by an interstellar hitchhiker to the far reaches of space. This synopsis does not do justice to the incredible universe Adams drags us into: Ships that run on improbability factors or restaurants checks, a two headed former president of the galaxy who is looking for a real good time, and other events and people too bizarre and numerous to summarize. The problem is that each succeeding book seems to jettison some whimsy for a more serious form of science fiction until in the last book the laughs are hard to find. The first two books deserve the highest rating, but this review is based on all the content contained within. But once you start, you'll want to read all of them, Adams does make sure that the reader wants to know how it all turns out. Hopefully you'll enjoy the journey.
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99 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Review of this Edition, not the contents August 8, 2002
I don't know if I'll be annoying Amazon or not by this review but I bought this edition of the Hitch-Hikers Guide because I keep losing all the others that I've bought. If you want a review of the actual story then read the other reviews: I agree 100% that it's fabulous.
However, if you want to own the books, then I suggest that you don't buy this omnibus edition. The extra features aren't all that fantastic and it's printed on low-quality paper. Have a look around for the other editions that are available and buy one of them, or buy each book individually. On the other hand, you might end up like me: lending out all your copies to friends because it's fantastic and eventually losing them all. Oh well, the only thing nicer than a brand new book without a single crease is a dog-eared relic that's been read by tens of people 20 times over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books, from one of the great authors
Great books, from one of the great authors. Adams had a very deep perception of the human animal, and was able to make you laugh at it. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by LL Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection.
Just. Perfect.
Could not possibility be better. I am grateful and bewildered and lost for words as to the absolute perfection that is every book in this series.
Published 2 days ago by meowza
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books you will ever read.
I love this book. It's brilliant. I have read all five of them more than once and i enjoy it more every time. The narrative is deliciously absurd and incredibly thoughtful. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Claudia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Slightly worn as advertised but I love it!!!! Perfect for the price!
Published 3 days ago by Alicia Safdie
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
One of my favourite series of all time. Adams is a master of irony and it shows throughout his novels. Read this many times and it's still just as good.
Published 4 days ago by R C
2.0 out of 5 stars I love the Hitchhiker's collection
I love the Hitchhiker's collection. But the paper quality isn't very good. I suggest to pay the little extra and invest in the individual volumes.
Published 5 days ago by Izz Abdullah
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun silly read, unless you're a grownup.
I read this series when I was a kid. I found it terribly entertaining, these days I find it extremely entertaining but goofy to the point of being tedious. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Another Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 8 days ago by Donna J. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Of course it's 5 stars.
Published 8 days ago by Adam Bair
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book by a totally hoopy guy!
I love his humor because it touches home with my experiences and views. And his imagination is pure genius!
Published 13 days ago by John beavers
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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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How absolutley correct...Douglas would have loved online books...His was first.
Aug 16, 2011 by M. Sholl |  See all 12 posts
Kindle Edition
I was wondering this myself - I saw recent reviews (Nov 2012) which dinged because of typos and missing words. I think it is a problem with the scanning (and subsequent editing) process. I had the same problem with the Lord of the Rings. With Rings, the publisher pushed out updates that... Read More
Mar 12, 2013 by Jim Keith |  See all 6 posts
I have a probably dumb question
Yes, this does have them all, except for Eoin Colfer's.
Nov 8, 2010 by R. Mitchell |  See all 7 posts
Youngest age to recommend this book
I found the Hitchhikers Guide when I was 12, in a box of my dad's old books. I read it, loved it, and laughed out loud. JT does have a point though... It really depends on her personality.
Dec 4, 2010 by Michael Grasser |  See all 6 posts
How bout that guide?
I agree, I would sure like to have been able to meet the man. I remember when he died I was in a CS class in college; the professor announced it, and it seemed like just about everyone knew who he was and was sad or even stunned. I started reading his books in junior high, in fact I think I got... Read More
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