The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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 Hi Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet...

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Title:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Author:Douglas Adams
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Edition Language
English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:193 pages pages

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Reviews

  • J.G. Keely
    May 28, 2009
    The universe is a joke. Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has al...
  • Jon
    Jun 29, 2007
    In my experience, readers either love Adams' books or quickly put them down. I, for example, quite literally worship the words Adams puts on the page, and have read the Hitchhiker's Trilogy so many times that I have large tracts of it memorized. But both my wife and father co...
  • Alejandro
    Nov 21, 2013
    Please, before anything... DON'T PANIC. This review is harmless, well mostly harmless. I think that one of the things that one has to keep in mind while reading this book is that it was written in 1979. Having this important factor in perspective, it's quite astonish...
  • Felicia
    Mar 21, 2009
    What can I say? I wish I had been in the movie, although it was bad and I guess I should be happy about NOT being in it. ...
  • Tom
    Jan 15, 2008
    Another classic. If you don't like this series, you probably put your babel fish in the wrong hole. You are the reason that human beings are only the third most intelligent species on earth behind mice and dolphins. So long, and thanks for all the fish! Another classic. If you ...
  • Carole
    Apr 01, 2008
    I hated this book. It was required in one of my English Lit. classes in college. The time spent reading this book is time that I will never get back. I think this book may have shortened my life; it was such a waste of time. ...
  • Melina
    Apr 24, 2008
    I read this book about 51,017 times when I was in seventh grade. I wore my copy out. That was a time in my life when I very much would have preferred to belong to some alien species, trapped here through no fault of my own. Also: "The ships hung in the air in much the same way tha...
  • Cecily
    Jun 19, 2010
    Hitchhiker's, volume 1. Earth is destroyed to make way for a bypass. Fortunately for Arthur Dent, his friend Ford Prefect turns out to be an alien and manages to escape, with Arthur. The plot is not bad, but it's the writing that is fantastic: Vogon ships "hung ...
  • Stephen
    Aug 10, 2008
    What does Kim Jong-Il, a thong-wearing mechanic and this missing link furry fellow have to do with The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy? ...you owe it to yourself and your family to find out. With the plethora of wonderful reviews already written for this book by my fellow...
  • Manny
    Nov 20, 2008
    They stumbled out of the Heart of Gold and looked around them. It was very quiet among the tall buildings. The ground was covered with brightly-colored objects that, from a distance, looked a little like paperback novels. Trillian picked one up. "It's a paperback novel!&qu...
  • Anne
    Nov 15, 2008
    3.5 stars Clever & witty, but not (to me) a laugh out loud sort of funny. It is, however, an excellent little book about the absurdity of our place in the universe. And definitely worth reading at least once. The characters are all obnoxious and silly in the best way p...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Feb 11, 2018
    ?Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.? Another great reread of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to ...
  • carol.
    Apr 28, 2011
    Review of the audio, read by Stephen Fry: Overall, Fry earns a solid 'B+' for his rendition of the classic Hitchhiker's Guide. Fry has the perfect 'narrator' voice, and I generally enjoyed most of his character voices. Ford Prefect often has a rakish tone, h...
  • Bradley
    Apr 10, 2013
    I'm a firm believer that every budding reader ought to read this book first so they can be utterly and completely ruined for literature for the rest of their lives. Of course, if you're an older reader, with experience and verve when it comes to words, you might also be co...
  • Emily May
    Dec 05, 2010
    I am not one of those who think this is the best book ever written. It does not affect me on any deep emotional level and this kind of quirky sci-fi comedy is just not really my thing. However, that being said, Adams' has some of the best quotes EVER (not all of these are from thi...
  • Lyn
    Jul 30, 2011
    Don?t panic. This is a wholly remarkable book. For those of you who have NOT read Douglas Adams? classic, drop what you?re doing right this very instant and go get a book. You can buy a copy at the bookstore, download it from Kindle, or check it out at the library. No, s...
  • Henry Avila
    Dec 24, 2013
    Arthur Dent is having a bad day his home is being demolished, a new highway bypass is needed progress you know, it's for his own good...really, so goodbye house. On the bright side (by the way), it does not matter either. Earth too will no longer be, soon just billions of inconseq...
  • James
    Aug 07, 2016
    From what I can tell, I'm not in the majority when it comes to rating The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I'm giving it a 3, which means I still liked it... but unfortunately, I wasn't as fond of the humor as most people are. This was a book cl...
  • Luffy
    Jul 15, 2018
    This book was more Sylvie and Bruno and less Alice in Wonderland. I didn't know what to make of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I didn't know when to laugh and what was serious. The treatment given to this story is phantasmagorical. The gags and mini episodic ad...
  • Evgeny
    Jul 11, 2018
    A disclaimer: I don't have no sense of humor!!! The book is so well-known that I would not bother with the plot description; I will just shamelessly copy/paste the blurb. Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off...
  • Matthew
    Jan 08, 2013
    Not sure what it was about this book that made me not like it as much as I was hoping. When I was growing up I remember watching the BBC TV show and playing the text adventure on my Commodore 64 (yes, I am getting old). Before I actually read it, lots of my friends recommended it and t...
  • Dr. Appu Sasidharan
    Oct 28, 2020
    Summary (Throwback Review) Along with his friend, Arthur Dent escapes from Earth before it was demolished and goes for a hilarious yet intriguing trip through the galaxy. Some fascinating facts related to this this book I thought that this was a book mainly for t...
  • Will M.
    Jun 13, 2014
    This is another instance where it's daunting to write a review because the novel is well-known and loved by millions of people. As a Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader, it's embarrassing that I've only read this once, and I've waited 'till 2016 to read this. I'm glad t...
  • Mariah Roze
    Jan 07, 2016
    I read this book because it is my boyfriends' favorite series. I struggled with it so much. I already struggle with fantasy, and this book didn't explain what is happening thoroughly and develop the characters enough right away in the beginning. So like I said I really strugg...
  • Fabian {Councillor}
    Oct 17, 2016
    ?You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "...
  • ALet
    Nov 24, 2019
    ?? /5 This was fine? I guess? This was definitely easy to read and absorb, but at the same time, it didn?t feel like a real book. The ridiculousness of the plot sometimes was just too much and brought up me from the story. Some parts of this book were actually really inter...
  • Stephan
    Apr 07, 2017
    6 shiny twinkling ?'s! Really wonderful humor, funny language, absurd imagery and fantastic characters. The most fun I've ever had with books. And audiobooks.. I had this on tape, the BBC version, and would listen to this in my car or on my walkman repeatedly. If you&...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Aug 02, 2018
    It's not you, it's me... well maybe it's also you. Unfortunately this book wasn't for me. Some of the humor I liked but it was too absurd for me and it was too slow to really start. I wish I had liked it as much as everyone else but it definitely didn't m...
  • Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
    Jan 07, 2019
    What a weird little book. Something I'll do, almost immediately after finishing a book, is Google the heck out of the genre it belongs to. For example, after finishing Furiously Happy, I wanted to find a book that would make me laugh as much as it did. When in doubt, turn to Go...
  • Mario the lone bookwolf
    Mar 07, 2018
    A work that showed humanity its insignificance and that madness is a general trait in the universe. One of the greatest milestones of the rare Sci-Fi comedy hybrids. Fantasy seems to be more prone to comedy than Sci-Fi, I donīt know why thatīs the fact. I would tend to call it k...