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4.00001037368581 out of 54.00001037368581 out of 54.00001037368581 out of 54.00001037368581 out of 54.00001037368581 out of 5 4.00 (514,764 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Adams Narrator: Stephen Fry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780739322215
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“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

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!

Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”Publishers Weekly

“Irresistable!”The Boston Globe Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Wilson | 9/7/2016

    " What an enchanting book! Listened with my 11 year old son as we traveled about and every time we got in the car he'd start saying "Hitchhiker! Hitchhiker!". Engaging, funny and very well read (performed). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 8/7/2016

    " The hitchhikers Guide is a must have in any library. The narration is excellent and the story line by Douglas Adams is a classic. This is the first in a series of five books that will amuse everyone. The important things to remember are Don't Panic and bring you towel. "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 M | 6/29/2016

    " Took out this one as I was hooked on the story years ago - seems dated all these years later, but a fun listen all the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Riley-lein | 2/17/2014

    " Don't panic! You will laugh your feet (and socks) off with this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 2/15/2014

    " British humour and genuinely imaginative fiction after so long. If only I'd read it earlier in life.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Burell | 2/13/2014

    " Seminal is a word easily thrown around. Douglas Adams started a genre with Hitchhiker's Guide. Equal parts Monty Python and Star Trek characters that live on in memorial to an amazing talent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 1/24/2014

    " This is on of my favorite books ever! douglas adams does a good shop in crafting a funny and interesting. The story is about earth being destroyed and the only person who survived was a everyday english man who happen to be friends with a humanoid alien. As the main character named arthur goes and a anverture meeting many people on the way to find the meaning of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/18/2014

    " Adams is hillarious and this BBC Radio play of the first book in the Hitchhiker's series does not dissappoint. Hearing the characters come to life as only the BBC can do makes for side-splitting laughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Adams | 1/15/2014

    " Gets a little silly and stupid at times, but it a sci-fi classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naterpotaters | 1/6/2014

    " Forced me into playing the interactive fiction experience...nuf said "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Crow | 1/3/2014

    " This book was very popular and I expected it to be fantastic. I must admit I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xa | 1/1/2014

    " Enjoyable, and interestingly different from the books. It's fun to hear the behind the scenes information at the end as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Segal | 12/10/2013

    " Entertaining all the way through. A classic, and definitely one of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 12/8/2013

    " Humor. Absurdity. Philosophy. Fantasy. A classic. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Read by the author who was great as the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nabiya Macpherson | 11/30/2013

    " I could try to write a review of this book, or I could create a super computer to come up with the review for me. Truly an exciting read, though one is left with the niggling feeling of being an idiot. I quite loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 11/26/2013

    " I think this quote perfect describes Adams' writing style: "There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Christie | 11/26/2013

    " The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty O'Day | 8/8/2013

    " If you have a silly bone on your body- then you will love this! The best book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne Hellar | 5/20/2013

    " This was a great book. I can't believe it took me this long to read it. I read more like a comedy book, there were so many times when I just put the book down and laughed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandra | 5/2/2013

    " It really interesting and funny. Irony at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jure | 4/28/2013

    " Very nicely done radio adventure :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rima | 4/4/2013

    " Fun but short original radio version of the book. Entertaining listening for about 3 hours for fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 12/27/2012

    " Didn't love it, didn't hate it, but it did make me laugh quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 8/13/2012

    " I've only seen the movie, haven't read the book, but here's the start of the original radio play. I love the cast! (I love Zooey as Trillian better in the movie, but I love the original-cast Zaphod much better than the movie version.) Can't wait to see what happens next.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 7/26/2012

    " Infinitely better book than movie! Hahaha, see what I did there? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 4/3/2012

    " I listened to this every night for 10 years going to sleep. It is the greatest work of comedic sci-fi ever written, but also attains a much deeper philosophy than most give it credit for. Although the stories are similar, the radio series still stands as the best version of the HHGTTG. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Beall | 3/4/2012

    " Love it! A fabulous combination of Douglas Adams' great imagination and his dry British sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/10/2012

    " So I got to this one WAY late. It's something I should have read ages ago but, for some reason, never picked up. It's a quick read and definitely worth picking up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 2/2/2012

    " I had forgotten how funny this one was. "Life. Don't talk to me about life." :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 1/8/2012

    " If you enjoyed the books, buy this, the radio version. Brilliantly done, and SO much better than the rather amateurish job they did with putting it on the small screen. The guy playing Marvin is a pure joy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer H | 1/6/2012

    " This is so very funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Perry | 10/25/2011

    " Would more give this 4.5 stars, but oh well. Delightfully fun book. Has a bit of a slow start, but really gets going about half way through. Not my first time reading this so I don't have too much to say except that anyone who loves British humor should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikhil Bajpai | 9/19/2011

    " One of the best books I have read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 8/23/2011

    " Heard such great things about this book. Just not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 8/21/2011

    " Some dated material and lots that isn't in the books. The documentary at the end of the plays was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/13/2011

    " What can one say? A must read for anyone who enjoys laughing at themselves and at humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Herbert | 5/29/2011

    " Outstanding piece of comic science fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/23/2011

    " One of the funniest books of SciFi I ever read. Fall over laughing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikhail Baskov | 4/22/2011

    " Must-read, at least once in your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " I love that this audiobook is the original radio trascript. (not sure about cast)

    It is hard to follow some of the British humor, being a lowly American without being about to read it and think about the line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gortan | 1/18/2011

    " Des Lebensrätsels Lösung ist . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/16/2010

    " I listened to this every night for 10 years going to sleep. It is the greatest work of comedic sci-fi ever written, but also attains a much deeper philosophy than most give it credit for. Although the stories are similar, the radio series still stands as the best version of the HHGTTG. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rima | 12/25/2009

    " Fun but short original radio version of the book. Entertaining listening for about 3 hours for fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 7/31/2009

    " Some dated material and lots that isn't in the books. The documentary at the end of the plays was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandra | 12/15/2008

    " It really interesting and funny. Irony at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 10/31/2008

    " Humor. Absurdity. Philosophy. Fantasy. A classic. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Read by the author who was great as the reader. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (1952–2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker’s trilogy, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was later adapted as a feature film. Best known for his imaginative and comedy-rich science fiction series which sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, Adams also wrote extensively for television, stage, print media, and computer games, as well as working in acting and radio comedy. 

About the Narrator

Stephen Fry is a celebrated actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual, wit, and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography and has written for radio shows and television. His television credits include Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, and he hosted the BBC TV series QI. His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards.