The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2005
5 hours 51 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .
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Antonio n

Funny and really entertaining.

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Virginia M

Two of our boys grew up loving this book, so I thought it would be a fun 'road trip' book. Glad I listened to it, I don't feel out of the loop any more! Very nice job on the part of the narrator! Story line was interesting and creative. I enjoyed the first two-thirds best. The wrap up, finish of the story is a bit untidy. Overall, very amusing, entertaining and there were at least 9 out loud chuckles!

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Christopher L.

Loved it!

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John R.

Stephen fry is an awesome reader. This was a great book too! Now I'm just filling in 50 character limit WOW!

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joel beneteau

Perfect combination of book and narrator.

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Lauren Flores

I initially got this book to go to sleep to, but it's hard to sleep because I always get wrapped up in the story. This is one of my favorite books to return to. Great job!

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Abby B.

An absolutely perfect rendition. Don’t bother with anything else. Stephen Fry is the pinnacle of his audio power.

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Jennifer O.

Excellent work of fiction. Enjoyed the narration throughout as the Mr. Fry helped bring the book to life.

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Henry B.

fantastic book, and narration.

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Natasha D.

one of my favourite books of all time well narrated

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Great book

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So much fun. I love this story

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Amber L.

always fun

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A great start to what I feel is one of the best 5 book trilogy's ever written!

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Jon E.

One of the great Syfy comedies this was my first readthrough and I loved it and the narrator is excellent

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I enjoyed reading this dozens of years ago and I own the BBC series. It was such a delight to hear Stephen Fry read it as the voices he did were so close to the characterizations in the TV series. What a wonderful nostalgia trip.

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Jahmil E.

One of my favorites of all time!

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Lin Åm

Absolute classic!

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Shoku K.

I love this audiobook. I have listened to it many times and when I am down or bored, it’s a book to return back to. The narrator is the best!

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Jeffery B.

Have both read and listen to this book. My favorite book of all time!

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Jean B

Stephen fry is perfect for reading the book because in the movie he was the book so I’m glad he narrating this book

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John Rose

Great concept. Seems to drag on in places which is unfortunate in such a short book. I did not enjoy the awkward breaks from the main story to tell jokes that didn't land or to add information that wasn't needed.

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Annika Griffith

I love the weird, wordy satire that is Douglas Adams

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Refi phala

Reading this for a book club and was worried I wouldn't enjoy it. I'm glad I was wrong! Such a fun read.

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Christy Daniell

Great book but could use improvement but this APIs

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Brittany Diperi

My first audiobook experience, and if they're all like this, I'm hooked!

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Ellen Levish

Always a pleasure, and hearing it from Stephen Fry makes it even better!

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Kate Reardon

If you are unamused by Hitchhiker's Guide, you might be a vogon. Adams is an astounding wit and brilliant writer. Nonstop irony and quotable moments--I can't think of a cleverer story. Not for the faint of heart/slow of brain though.

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Seth Hall

Masterful mix of screaming existential horror, character drama, and endless laughs upon laughs. Highly recommended

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Graeme Rassenti

The Hitchhiker's Guide is a representative of great story telling of a non-existent story. Adams writes funny things very well, and offers a rather imagination-laden universe of miscreants and weirdos. The thing is, he can't tell a story worth a damn. Stuff just happens so he can have fun telling you about it. A classic, but not for the story

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I listened to this through a hairy dentist appointment, after I broke a tooth and needed an emergency crown. (I am TERRIBLE at the dentist.) Valium and novcaine helped, and Stephen Fry's wonderful voice helped even more. Made the whole thing almost a breeze. Great, ridiculous story and excellent narration had me giggling on the subway days after the valium wore off. I will look for more narration by Stephen Fry. Thank you!

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