The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Don't leave Earth without this hilarious international bestseller about the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow ... about the worst Thursday that ever happened and why the Universe is a lot safer if you bring a towel.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2006
ISBN: 9780739349366
0739349368
Branch Call Number: Downloadable AudioBook
Additional Contributors: Freeman, Martin

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TacomaLibrary Aug 13, 2016

Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way thru comic misadventures throughout the Universe.

You can trace the lineage of many later science fictions books, with their hip and irreverent tone, back to this influential and much beloved predecessor.


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DarkwaterMoore
Jun 20, 2019

Read the book before seeing the movie!!!

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Mikogee
Feb 24, 2019

Harmless. Mostly harmless with improbable, funny bits. Whatever the question was, if 42 is the answer, it cannot have been very interesting. 42 is not even prime. Jeez. I like the idea of mice running the planet. That explains a lot of things.

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GKL10101
Oct 01, 2018

If you're like me, you've already memorized large swaths of HG2G, so the audiobook won't be a hard sell—but the version narrated by the late author is still a delight. (And strangely relevant, what with the President of the Galaxy whose actual job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.)

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CMLPratt
Aug 31, 2018

An excellent blend of science fiction and satire. The narration could not have been better.

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readinJC
Jul 14, 2017

I am not a sci-fi person. But, with all the references to this book that I have heard over the last 30+ years, I presumed there must be SOMEthing that I was missing. Not at all.

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921Jack
Apr 22, 2017

Interestingly, although the listed narrator is Martin Freeman, Stephen Fry is the actual narrator.

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 30, 2017

I'm definitely not the audience for this book. It's not really my kind-of humor and it was frankly pretty boring.

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librarylizzard
Jul 09, 2015

Once you read (or listen) to this, it's no mystery why it's become a beloved sci-fi classic. With wacky names that make you giggle every time, to robots with depression, the blend of comedy and science fiction is masterful. I highly recommend this audio version, as the narration brought everything vividly to life in my mind's eye. Even those that shy away from hard sci-fi may find that this lighthearted, rollicking approach is splendid fun!

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alaksova
Jan 10, 2015

Stephen Fry was awesome, with just the right touch of what seemed like sarcasm laced into the audiobook. The actual plotline is brilliant, with many thought-provoking parts.

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tonging
Jun 26, 2014

This was weird, like really weird. It was funny, though.
The ending didn't make much sense, but I suppose that was to leave room for the next book.

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alaksova
Jan 10, 2015

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons."

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Octillion
Aug 18, 2013

Don't panic!

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