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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Paperback]

Douglas Adams
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April 2002
At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?


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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Corners Dog Earred edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345453743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345453747
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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“WITH DROLL WIT, A KEEN EYE FOR DETAIL AND HEAVY DOSES OF INSIGHT . . . ADAMS MAKES US LAUGH UNTIL WE CRY.”
–San Diego Union

“LIVELY, SHARPLY SATIRICAL, BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN . . . RANKS WITH THE BEST SET PIECES IN MARK TWAIN.”
–The Atlantic

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly classic book about a man and a towel 10 Dec 2003
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
let me say two words… BUY IT! Okay, hopefully you’re still with me so I’ll continue. The Hitchhiker’s Guide consists of five stories plus a very short story which isn’t really worth the paper it’s written on (no loss however, there’s another 800 pages in the book to be entertained by).
The theme throughout the stories is the life of Arthur Dent, a relatively normal earthling, quite reserved and in many ways quintessentially english, a bit of a ditherer and someone who’s life will never really come to much. The books tell the story of how he met Ford Prefect (a non-earthling as it turned out) and embarked on a journey throughout the known (and often unknown) universes just before Earth got destroyed due to a council mix up about intergalactic roadworks. His guide along this journey is strangely enough the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, a book so detailed that it summarises earth in two words. Along the way he meets wonderful characters such as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, Slartibartfast and Marvin the miserable robot.
The stories that make up this book are quite distinct although they need to be read in the order they’re written to make that much sense (and even then a few bits seem odd). At times reading the book I felt the idea got a little bit tired and then I turned the page and found something I couldn’t help but laugh to myself about.
In terms of who this book appeals to, well certainly it helps if you’re a sci-fi fan, although one of the appeals of this book is that it seems to have such general appeal, so long as you have an appreciationo the english sense of humour and perhaps a vague understanding of cricket.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE... 18 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
A few years ago, I hated fiction books. The only ones I read were those prescribed at school. I tried several authors and could never finish a single book. Then a friend handed me The Hitch Hiker's guide to the galaxy to read as I was planning on staying in that night. I could not put it down. It's pure genius. I read the next four and then went on to read the Dirk Gently Books. Douglas Adams was a brilliant man!
You have to read this book - the rest will follow.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 1 Jun 2006
Format:Leather Bound
This is a fairly nice edition: a tough padded hardback, printed on gilt-egded paper which one might normally expect to see on a bible. This is quite thin, however, and the print shows through slightly from behind each page which is not an altogether bad thing, since the five novels are comprising the hitch-hiker "trilogy" form a volume about two-and-a-half inches thick. Good travel reading, in other words.

(The "story," by the way, is a tale about Zaphod's youth, and is also printed in the sadly unfinished Dirk Gently novel " The Salmon of Doubt.")

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an undisputed classic of modern literature, and this is its definative edition, wrapping up the many incarnations of the Guide. Adams himself states that it is the purpose of the book to "set the record straight, or at least, firmly crooked." This is an excellent book, and and printed in a very nice edition. At the price it's an absolute steal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Format:Leather Bound
Where to start.

I have been a big fan of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy since first listening to the radio series in 1985 (ish) courtesy of a cassette tape of a recording of the original two radio series (Fit The First to Twelth) my friends older brother had given him and he subsequently lent me. Over time I would come to own, lose, and forget where I put, various copies of books in the HHGTTG series (including those original tapes which were returned slightly dustier than when first lent 5 years later).

So to the book. Due to the continued popularity of Douglas Adams, and THHGTTG there have been many versions of the five novels published over the years, along with a few compilation sets of the first four books.

The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy however does attempt in Adams own words "To set the record straight, or at least, firmly crooked." and may differ slightly from the many incarnations of the Guide although reading this you will more than likely think of it as a more wholly definitive if not sometimes contradictory version of the series.

This edition has the look and feel of one of a old style book, with a nice thick black hard cover, and guilt edged paper which is thin enough to fit the whole five novels in quite compactly. THHGTTG has over the years not only become a classic as a series and also in it's indifidual parts, but also has seemingly never lost it's popularity, and this definitive edition will naturally satisfy fans of both Douglas Adams, THGTTG and sci-fi/comedy fans.

One or two reviewers have mentioned being able to see the text through the page, but it isn't really as bad as it sounds and is not a problem in the least, and does not affect the ability to clearly read what is on the page.

In addition to the five novels is quite a rarity I feel (although other reviewers may need to correct me on this), "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" a all short story about Beeblebrox's youth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Better than I expected. 22 May 2004
Format:Paperback
When thus book was released 20 or so years ago I wrote it off as a geek book (except that word didn't exist then). I only read it by chance a couple of years ago; as it was one of the only English books in the shop I was in Holland. By the time I had finished the first of the five books I realised why it had such a following. It is nothing short of brilliant. It all fits together and flows so well and is obviously hilarious throughout. It’s like no book I have read before or since. Arthur Dent never, without his towel, and passing years and years as a sandwich maker! It sounds stupid until you read it. This isn't the best explanation of why you should read the book, but believe me you really should. Buy it now, and join the followers/ geeks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Life the universe and everything, It's all in here. All 5 volumes of the trilogy in one smart bound compendium
Published 5 months ago by Ian Stretch
5.0 out of 5 stars birthday persent
i got this as a special birthday present for my son. he was so very pleased he said he said it was a really great present.
Published 11 months ago by carol-ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Get only if you can find it in a decent price. Seriously bad quality
I wanted this discontinued copy because it looked nice and its quality seemed decent if not very good.
Unfortunately when you open the book you are in for a dissapointment. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Kastaniotis
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Bible
This is the greatest book ever written in the whole of humanity. Better than Old Testament and its much lesser successful sequel, The New Testament. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M J Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this.
The book contains all five of the classic novel from the Hitchhiker's series. Needless to say that the stories are a delight to read; what I like most about them is the smart... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christos Marias
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate hitchhikers guide to the galaxy review.
Although this book is written around the 1980's and you should think that it would be terribly old fashioned by now, it's remarkably up to date and the story line keeps being... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have read these sooner
The late Douglas Adams - friend of Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins, first person to buy a Mac in the UK, science enthusiast, wildlife advocate and comedy writer. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most useful thing you could own, after a towel
If you're already a Hitchhiker's fan looking for a complete set, look no further; if youve never read them before (just what are you waiting for, the Earth to be demolished?! Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2009 by BookJumper
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of Hitchhikers possible
When this book arrived I was shocked at its size and weight.
This reminds me of a heavy built Bible. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2008 by C. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Seriously, never has british humor ever gone to such heights as this. The storyline is incredibly intriguing, with all sorts of dry humor, stupidly funny overtones, and a serious... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2007 by Flufy
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