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3.00002452062184 out of 53.00002452062184 out of 53.00002452062184 out of 53.00002452062184 out of 53.00002452062184 out of 5 3.00 (40,782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Adams Narrator: Martin Freeman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739332146
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It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space/time, the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob-fearing planet, and all you have to fall back on are a few simple sandwich-making skills. However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit–and immediately all hell breaks loose.
Hell takes a number of forms: there’s the standard Ford Prefect version, in the shape of an all-new edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a totally unexpected manifestation in the form of a teenage girl who startles Arthur Dent by being his daughter when he didn’t even know he had one.
Can Arthur save the Earth from total multidimensional obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter, Random, from herself? Of course not. He never works out exactly what is going on. Will you?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Hitchhiker fans rejoice! . . . [Here’s] more of the same zany nonsensical mayhem. New York Times Book Review

  • “It is Mr. Adams’s genius to hurl readers into a plot that seems to go everywhere and nowhere, then suddenly drop the pieces into place, click, click, click, like tumblers in a lock. . . . Delightful. Baltimore Sun
  • “Hitchhiker fans rejoice!…[Here’s] more of the same zany nonsensical mayhem.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It is Mr. Adams’ genius to hurl readers into a plot that seems to go everywhere and nowhere, then suddenly drop the pieces into place, click, click, click, like tumblers in a lock…Delightful.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Adams’ ingenious wit still captivates, and his characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Good, metaphysical fun from one of its primary practitioners.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David R. | 2/13/2014

    " The concept is getting very old, and very tired. And the same old jokes are not funny any more. YAWWWWWWWN. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 2/12/2014

    " Wow... Not the ending I expected, nor super satisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Csikos | 2/5/2014

    " I think Adams was completely disgusted by his own series at this point, and wrote something that basically destroyed everything he had written, making as firm a point he could that he wished he'd never written them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/4/2014

    " Definitely the weakest book in the series, the ending just kind of happens abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/3/2014

    " this book is hilarious. i read it while on a bike tour and laughed out loud in my tent every night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiago Lobo | 1/15/2014

    " Fun to read and a must if you want to know what happened to Arthur and folks. But not as good as the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis Blume | 1/3/2014

    " Seriously, the ending is incredibly nuts. So many different feels going on, ranging from utter disbelief and disappointment and satisfaction both felt simultaneously. Crazy stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/1/2014

    " An adult version of The Phantom Tollbooth, Adams' stories are ridiculous, lack sense, but still crack you up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/27/2013

    " More Douglas Adams goodness. It doesn't add anything new to the Hitchhiker's universe, but it is more of the same delicious formula. If you liked the other books in the series, you will like this one equally well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasey M. | 11/20/2013

    " This book was good. Definitely not my favourite, there is most certainly a certain element of confusiin about it that I'm not entirely certain I liked, butlike always it was a good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/25/2013

    " It all kind of makes you wonder if we're really here, or whether another me also read this book but had a totally different opinion of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario | 7/2/2013

    " I enjoyed the entire series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dusty | 5/15/2013

    " Again - just plain funny. Ties everything up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 3/23/2013

    " Better than So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, worse than the first three. But it's still divine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 1/21/2013

    " A completely random ending to a great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 11/21/2012

    " This series is absolute nonsense which is uniquely hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 10/10/2012

    " Loved the story and humour "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmy | 2/4/2012

    " Very funny and very strange. Most definitely not as good as the other books in the series, but worth reading, nevertheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moriah Cena | 1/25/2012

    " It was quite a let-down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickled | 1/21/2012

    " A fitting end to an astounding trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Eckman | 12/11/2011

    " this series was good, and i am glad it is over.this series went down hill after the first book. The first one was great but you can stop there. his British, random humor is good through out. the plot however takes a turn from kinda random and weird, to very random and very weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 11/25/2011

    " In this, the last and longest of the 'trilogy', Arthur discovers the danger of funding your space travel by donating semen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 9/3/2011

    " multi-deminional world are crazy. and the king lives! in some other part of the universe. great! how can I get there? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blades | 8/26/2011

    " I miss Douglas Adams. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Comedian999 | 5/17/2011

    " Should've stopped at four books. Read it once, accidentally left it in a bar one night, never bothered to replace it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breadboy96 | 5/15/2011

    " It was a fantastic read! One of my favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fern | 4/20/2011

    " I liked most of the book, but I didn't like the ending. I might have even been okay with the ending if Fenchurch was at least in the story still. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eldaldo | 4/18/2011

    " This was a great ending to the craziness of this series. I totally didn't see it coming. I'd reccommend the series to anyone who likes a laugh and loves science fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristan | 4/18/2011

    " HILLARYIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Fullto the brim with funny, sifi nonsense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sergio Iván | 4/16/2011

    " El final me dejó decepcionado ._. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 4/12/2011

    " A book completely different from anything else ever written, and done perfectly so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/5/2011

    " only reason this didn't get 5 stars was some of the meandering early on. can't believe i too this long to get around to it. thanks for lending ti to me, jeff! am i alone in thinking this wasn't as grim an outing as is generally acknowledged (all things considered)? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/30/2011

    " These books seem to get more and more "normal" if that's at all possible as the series has continued. This book was a bit on the boring side. It was a fast read and very basic storyline. Again, the weirdness that I liked about the first few books was missing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/26/2011

    " You were left wanting more and we got it... well mostly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 3/18/2011

    " More coherent than the previous books in the series. While not nearly as visionary, I think it didn't lose as much interest for me as the first few in the series. "

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