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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide (Hitchhiker's Guide Series)
     

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide (Hitchhiker's Guide Series)

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by Douglas Adams
 
This outrageous volume contains six zany, out-of-this-world adventure stories by this incomparable novelist. From the very first to the very latest—all best sellers—includes The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish; Young Zaphod Plays it Safe;

Overview

This outrageous volume contains six zany, out-of-this-world adventure stories by this incomparable novelist. From the very first to the very latest—all best sellers—includes The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish; Young Zaphod Plays it Safe; and Mostly Harmless. 768 pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517149256
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Hitchhiker's Guide Series
Edition description:
Complete & Unabridged
Pages:
815
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.25(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—which yielded the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything¿42. Hitchhiker's Guide originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books. Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in addition to three stories for the TV show Doctor Who.

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Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide (Hitchhiker's Guide Series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know of anyone else who could have God admit he can't exist, create a ship powered by an Italian Bistro, or have awards given for 'Most Creative Fjord,' and make it sound so plausible. Have a casual meal watching the end of the universe, or maybe have your own planet made. A book that is destined to be a comic classic, so get your hands on the trusty(or maybe not so) 'Guide,' a towel, and enjoy a wonderful ride.
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Lady-Nausicaa More than 1 year ago
Douglas Adams's writing style in The Hitchhiker's Guide seems random and all over the place with plenty of jokes and ironic situations thrown in, but once you read all the books you realize that even the most random, small detail from the first book is crucial towards the end and that makes it all the better. The characters interacted with each other in a wonderfully hilarious manner and lead to many great scenes in the book. Once I began reading I really had to tear myself away before I got too enveloped. It's a fantastic read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a preety darn good book when ya think about it. sure its out of this world (yeah literaly!), but hey its good. Theres a movie for the first one now go see it in theatres
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide and it is a great thing to have, it's not too pricey and you have all of it in one. It's definitely a good gift for someone getting into the series. As for the stories: it's odd and strange at first, once you get used to it, it's absolutely wonderful and witty. It's an intelligent read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book i have ever read. very very very highly highly recomended
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if your home planet has not been destroyed, you will still become attached to this book. Irony, wit, falling bowls of petunias, this volume has it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a love hate thing. It's funny going in then gets slow then back to funny again. Stick to the first volume if you can resist. Also try Bob Pellerin's 'Death Of A Sanitation Engineer' which has more action and laughs per page overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great books, unique ideas that will make you laugh or think twice about something. The first few books are the best. The writer seems to trail off in last books and try some new ideas that arent as good as the first ones, but still good to read at least once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'There is a theory which states that if anyone ever discovered the meaning to Life, the Universe and Everything, that it would all disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarrre and inexplicable. There is another theory that this has all ready happened...' This quote from the series epitomizes the whole incredible concept of the universe as seen by the late literary genius Douglas Adams. If you have never read the Hitchikers 'Trilogy', you are in for an insanely addictive treat, if you have, and are one of the millions who never get tired of re-reading it, this is a must have volume.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is, quite possibly, no better book than The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and all of the others that follow. Despite the name, there is nothing commonplace about this spoof on everything normal and boring. Honestly, there is no funnier book on the planet, after all, it is a 'wholly remarkable book'. There is a slight problem for those of you who are ardently religious to the point of being perpetually offended at some questionable humor, but for the rest of you, this is a stupendous read. One note, though: Don't read them all at once! You'll miss the subtle (or sometimes glaringly obvious) puns and jokes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. On first glance one would think this a large boring book. Those of you who think this, read the first page. You will become hooked. Douglass Addems has such a wonderful imagination and people can relate with the characters feelings and emotions, if not the situations they find themselves in. It gives us more insite on the creation of the earth. 0h, forget the earth, this book is just plan hilarious. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Adams is an absolute genius and this book is definately one of his best works. The Hitchhiker's series is the funniest, most entertaining series ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Title: The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide Author: Douglas Adams Number of pages: 815 The main character is Arthur Dent. Arthur is clueless of anything that is about to happen in The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide. Douglas Adams puts this 6 story (not like a six story building) together well. This 815page book tells the story about Arthur Dent and his journeys with his best friend (which is an alien) around the galaxy. So here is the scoop, Arthur is a poor person who lived in an apartment building and his best friend Ford Prefect (the alien) boarded a spaceship because Ford said the earth was going to blow up. When they got on and away from the earth they saw that the earth did blow up. A person intentionally blew up the earth to replace it with the Earth Mark 2. Arthur and Ford go on many adventures throughout the book. Read this science fiction novel by a great author Douglas Adams. The 6 stories in The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide are The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Mostly Harmless and a bonus story Young Zaphod Plays it Safe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DONT PANIC!! Unless you havent read all 5 books!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book three times if you can believe that. There is so much metaphysical imagery in this book (if you read it you'll get my joke). There really is a lot of biblical refrences made throughout the series. I would recomend and do, to everyone I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who can write a book with something like 'Oh no, not again,' without yourself knowing what it will mean, and then go on to make perfect sense of it (those who have read it will know what I mean) must be a genius. Adams delivers a laugh-a-minute style that's absolutely addicting. Also, anyone who doesn't at least read the first in the series will never know the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything! You can't afford to miss out, because the Vogons just might be coming...
Guest More than 1 year ago
the world created by Adams is an amazing possiblity and with which the universe opens up to you. the concept that there are visitors from other planets is not that far fetched and to think that they are as practicle as humans (if not more so) is a wonderful idea. The words Don't Panic mean so much more after you read these stories. Give you amagination a walk through the stars once in a while
Guest More than 1 year ago
Douglas Adams has a great flair for razor edged sarcasm and wit. This set of books is nothing but pure comedic genius all the way. Few books can make me laugh out loud, but Adams manages it for hours. Dentarthurdent and Ford Prefect are two pitiable, though hilarious, characters who want nothing more than a stiff drink and for the universe to just go ahead and leave them alone. Unfortunately for them, the universe has entirely different plans for the two and their mismatched, oft changing crew. The supporting characters in this book are wild and varied: ranging from a mattress named Clem who has the misfortune of conversing with Marvin a maniacally depressed robot, to Elvis. And along with the insane cast comes a sofa that won't stay put and an airborne party that has been going for generations and no one shows any signs of going home. Some fans of this series will scoff at Mostly Harmless, but I think it continues (and ends) the story in typical Adams style. I love all of the books equally and have read them many, many times....probably more often than is really necessary. The eyeless smiley face on the cover is tattoed on my ankle in honor of Adams and his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! I'm just blown away! I'd heard about this book and knew quotes from it, but reading it! Who else but Douglas Adams could create a universe with a restauraunt that is, quite literally, at the end of the universe, where flying requires one to throw oneself at the ground and miss, and some ships use bistromathic engines (read to find out). The only book I didn't like was Mostly Harmless. It was missing the same flair and the ending wasn't that great. Also, neither that one nor So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish included Zaphod and Mostly Harmless was missing Marvin the Paranoid Android (Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and the most complicated task you can have me do is to have me bring up a pair of visitors?) who just so happens to be a manic depressive android. However, I must say that this is an incredible book. So what the zark are you waiting for? For Bob's sake go out and buy this book! P.S. Elvis wasn't abducted by aliens, he went willingly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This curiously dubbed 'trilogy' is none the worse for its extra books, and is quite possibly the most entertaining book I have ever read. Douglas Adams is one of those people who one can fall in love with for his words. The way the sentences and thoughts flow together on the rather light pages of this book is simply charming.