The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1)

by Douglas Adams
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1) by Douglas Adams

Don't leave earth without this story of the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow. The writing of New York Times Best-selling author, Douglas Adams, has been brilliantly successful on both sides of the Atlantic in radio, television, theatre and spoken word audio.

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ISBN-13: 9780787121020
Publisher: NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/1999
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide Series , #1
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams is the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy including 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; and Mostly Harmless. He lives in London.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 812 reviews.
Benz1966 More than 1 year ago
I know, I know.. I should have read this book before then. I have a vague memory of attempting to read it about 10 years ago - but that was when books only interested me if they had a half-dressed hunk on the cover and promised a few hours of romantic dreams. Clearly, this book didn't do that - so on the shelf it went. Now, in reading through the 1001 books to read I saw the name again and thought, hm.. perhaps I should give it a try. I'm glad I did. While much of the book feels like it's still over my head (and it took me longer to read then I thought it would, seeing as I had to keep going back over things I didn't understand), I got more than my fair share of giggles out of it. I don't think there's really anyone out there who doesn't know what this book is about - so let me tell you what my impressions of it were before, and after reading it. Before I started reading this book I thought I knew the story. I understood 42 was somewhere in the book, and my impressions of the story came from an old PC game I picked up several years ago (I gave up on that game very quickly too). I knew there was a ship computer that talked, and that there was a depressed robot. And mostly I knew it was the story of a man named Arthur Dent. What I didn't know was how it all fit together. Now I've read the book. I've laughed at the ship computer, finally understand that XKCD comic about the Kindle, loved loved loved Marvin the depressed robot and felt much of the same confusion that Arthur Dent must have felt. And I still don't quite know how it all fits together. And that's why I like the book so much. Because I'm going to have to read it, and read it again - and although I think I still probably won't get it, I think I'll enjoy reading it every time, just like I enjoyed reading it this time. And really, if you can't enjoy reading a book... what's the point?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's a cheaper version: The Ultimate Hitchiker's Guide 12 .00 for the entire series vs. 8.00 for the first one only.
A-Adducchio More than 1 year ago
If total randomness is not your thing, steer clear of this book. Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" starts with the Earth being destroyed to make way for a hyper spatial expressway. The main character, Arthur Dent, and his friend, Ford Prefect, escape annihilation by hitchhiking their way on board one of the Vogon ships that were in the process demolishing the Earth. After being found and thrown into space, they are rescued by the Heart of Gold, a state-of-the-art ship stolen by the president of the galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox. When Arthur and Ford meet their hitchhiking hosts, they discover it to be Zaphod and Trillian. Arthur had previously met Trillian at a party on Earth, just before Zaphod swooped in and took her off into space. The four travelers find their way to Magrathea, a legendary planet known for manufacturing custom planets. When they get to Magrathea, Zaphod, Trillian, and Ford are captured and detained by Magratheans. Arthur is greeted by an old man, Slartibartfast. He educates Arthur on the history of Magrathea and the computer designed to answer the question to life. This computer was known as Deep-Thought and produced the answer of forty-two. The question, to which this answer belongs, is not known by Deep-Thought. Luckily, Deep-Thought provides the plans for a super computer that will produce this question. The Earth is the key, but if you want to know more, you will just have to read the book. While I found this book to be confusing at times, it was also extremely entertaining. Until you finish the book, it comes across as being completely random. But after finishing the book, everything sort of comes together. The randomness is what makes this book what it is; without it, it would just be a boring story about four people. I definitely recommend reading this book, but if possible, read the book before watching the movie. While entertaining, the movie is not nearly as good as the book. It is a more enjoyable read if done before watching the movie.
jjbookcast More than 1 year ago
good book, very interesting, not everyones cup of tea, a lil random, but overall pretty good book, i can see myself finishing the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the while series. It is preposterous, ridiculous, British and just so...unreal. If you want to just not have to think too seriously about anything and just want to escape for awhile...take a chance on this and find yourself somewhere else. I'm only 25 and the first time I read it was ten years ago but it's a quick laugh worth a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't Panic..... and just read this book! Fantastic, funny, and will stay with you. Also make sure you read the other books in the series as well. A warning to those that saw the movie, although the movie script was written by Adams, the book is not the same. Both are hilarious tho.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! Is a mix of nerdy cleverness and a little intrigue on every chapter.
Derrick Klinker More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh this book is hilarious. This book will make u lol rotf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, will take you on a wild adventure that will keep you jumping around from planet to planet. Its length is pretty considering, the cover didn't really draw me in, and the author has done many other books in his past and since writing this one. For starters the book isn’t a huge book so if you don't really like reading but are required to read for per say an English class then this might be the book for you. But if you prefer long books then I don't know if you'd care to read this book too much. The cover on this book isn't really the most appealing book cover it just has a hand with its thumb sticking out and some black lettering that says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and below that says Douglas Adams, now when you hear me tell you this you're probably thinking man this book sounds lamer than all heck, but let me be the person to tell you that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover which is exactly what I did. The author of this book is the late Douglas Adams he has written many books in his lifetime this book has a few other books with it in a series of Science Fiction packed novels. He has wrote more than 30 books in his lifetime and also wrote the well known Dirk Gently Novel Series. So to cap it all off this book is a pretty decent book, I myself didn't like it all that much but I’m not really a science fiction kind of guy so I don't want me not liking it to be that big of a decision into you wanting or not wanting you to read it. If you're the type of person who likes Science Fiction then theres a chance that you will really like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modern classic
Rkinz More than 1 year ago
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was absolutely hilarious. Douglas Adams has a very dry, snarky sense of humor, and I found myself giggling a little at the absurdity of some of the happenings. This book follows an unwilling Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect around the galaxy as they explore lots of things and places. The book can get a little technically confusing at times, but it really isn't very much and it's usually possible to think the science through. All in all, I thought this was a very good book and I can't wait to read the second one! If you're looking for a light, humorous, fast-paced book, then The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy could be for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doiglas Adams was a genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hitchhiker's Guide is the funniest thing I have ever read. Well, Woody Allen's 3 books were hilarious too, but Hitchhiker's is definitely the funniest NOVEL I've ever read. Hitchhiker and Restaurant at the End of the Universe are both 10s, and I would have loved to actually see them combined to make one bigger, fanshmabulous book. Life, the Universe and Everything (the 3rd) is not quite as good as the first 2, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish is worse than # 3, and Mostly Harmless is the worst of all. I recommend at least the first three books, however. But make sure, if you read Hitchhiker, to at least read Restaurant. This pretty well wraps up Arthur Dent's adventures in time and space and probably could have ended the series right there without missing too much. Yes, Hitchhiker and Restaurant would make an excellent book. Maybe if I get some tape...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though I find it a bit difficult to describe. I guess the best advice I have is to just jump in and go along on the ride! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well first off the book really is funny. I mean I suppose some people might have a hard time figuring out Douglas Adam's quirky sense of humor but those that do are almost sure to have a good time. Besides even those people who don't get the sense of humor will probably be entertained by the story and the rather charming characters. The cool thing about HitchHiker's is it's a story that makes you think but in a really offbeat and amusing sort of way. With all that said there's still some things I didn't like about the book. For me personally I'm not a big fan of stories that feel really short. You know the kind that you've no sooner picked up then you have to put back down again. It's why I've always preferred stories like Don Quixote and The Lord of the Rings. Also, I'm not a big fan of stories without a middle. Basically, the whole plot of this story is leave Earth and then go to another planet. I really feel like the story could have benefited from having a middle, although, Douglas Adam flatly refused this. I would have felt like I'd have accomplished more by reading this story if it had a middle; just saying. Now let me get into the bonus material in this book. I feel a little weird criticizing bonus material but since it constitutes half the story I can't feel to badly. The stuffs really interesting but since ot's about a movie that turns out to suck I can't really get that much into it. Also, I feel they draw on to much and it really just feels like a commercial for the movie. I could have done without it. That's really why I give this book three stars. If it weren't for the bonus material I'd probably give it four stars. The whole bonus material thing just feels like a waste of space. All in all, HitchHiker's is a really well written and hillarious book. It feels a little short but I feel most people who read it will fall in love with it. It might even turn out to be your favorite book. Just don't read the bonus material unless your really bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book so much. Great concept ... sci-fi comedy. Too bad the movie did no justice to the book. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite quirky as it might be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is wrong with you? It was sooooooooo great! Your loss man not mine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Ten out of five stars!
nurfhurder More than 1 year ago
This was a very funny, very british book. reminded me of doctor who :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so funny!!
InnocenceDiesAbbyDosent More than 1 year ago
My second favorite book of all time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
This book was very funny, with lots of sarcasm and irony. It was a very creative story, and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the rest of the "trilogy"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most hilarious books i've eer read!