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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts Hardcover – 16 Oct 1995

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; FIRST EDITION edition (16 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434003484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434003488
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (520 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive." (Washington Post)

"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions." (Chicago Tribune)

"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves." (School Library Journal)

"A sci-fi book, packed full of adventure and humour" (The Guardian)

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All five books in the legendary Hitch Hiker science fiction series available together in hardback, reprinted to tie-in with the 2005 blockbuster movie, starring Martin Freeman, comedian Bill Bailey, Zooey Deschanel of 'New Girl', Oscar winner John Malkovich and comedy's favourite host, Stephen Fry.

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The spaceship was big and yellow and hung in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't.

Assembled in one giant bundle of wordplay are all five books in Douglas Adams' magnificent trilogy investigating life, the universe and everything. Simply put they are the funniest books ever written and the great tragedy is that their creator, Douglas Adams, went to his grave leaving us with just a handful of treasures by which to remember him.

You know the plot: the world is going to be destroyed by vogons - Arthur Dent, a man in a dressing gown, survives the conglagration and explores the universe. Meanwhile someone else works out the meaning of life and some mice think they know what is happening. And we all know the answer - it's 42! That is not a spoiler. What happens next might be.
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...but it was followed, in 1979, by something rather smaller but infinitely more useful and far easier to read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", the story of Arthur Dent, local radio executive, dressing-gown wearer and interplanetary refugee.

Originally released as a BBC Radio series, H2G2 quickly found its way to print and was followed over the period of thirty-odd years by five follow-up books, a TV series and a film. In that time the story arc gained a huge fan-base and brought its author, Douglas Adams, a degree of immortality achieved only by the lesser gods.

This edition gathers together the first five books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) and Mostly Harmless (1992) under one cover. The sixth book, And Another Thing ... was written by Eoin Colfer in 2009 and is available seperately.

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I had read all of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's incarnations individually, mostly from the local library. I am a big fan - but tatty library copies only go so far. When you appreciate a series of books this much, to own the real thing is an absolute must.
This boxset presents all five books in the trilogy (!) nicely in paperback, with a hard box to house them all in. These editions are quite bare-bones, but perfect for reading multiple times - and they all share a cover scheme that is oh-so subtly changed to suit the book you are reading.
Those who have not met with Douglas Adam's most famous works before are in for a reat treat - espcially if you like some witty and intelligent yet slightly off-the-wall humour. This is an excellent way to enjoy the series.
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The H.H.G is the book which anticipated the Kindle , and I cannot think of a work more suited to read on it .

Arthur: What is it?
Ford Prefect: It's a sort of electronic book , it'll tell you everything you want to know , that's it's job.
Arthur : I like the cover "Don't Panic" , that's the first helpful or intelligible thing anyone has said to me all day.
Ford : That's why it sells so well . Here , press this button , and the screen will give you the index ...

I'm a great fan of Douglas Adams , and the first volume , The Hitch Hiker's Guide , is quite possibly my favourite book of all time : witty , inventive and with a central core of philosophy , it has a quote for every occasion . I'd decided that having the saga in CD form (the radio series) cassette tape (talking book & the LP ) as well as the script book and the paperbacks , I could not justify buying the whole thing all over again on Kindle .
But I can't resist it at this bargain price .
All I want now is a Kindle cover with the words "dont panic" in large friendly letters ...
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Four stars partly because the books are just not as good as the radio show. The eighteen mile high statue of Arthur Dent throwing the nutrimatic cup and what follows is one of my very favourite passages that gets lost. There are a great number of changes between the radio show and the first two books which cover much of the same ground, and frankly, few if any are improvements, and the books certainly don't flow as well. Each book of course has some enjoyable moments, even if they seem to become progressively more desperate. The real Douglas Adams moments become fewer and father between, but they're still there right up to the end, The King's Place and the Perfectly Normal Beasts, for example.

Is "Read by Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman" a bit misleading. The first book is read by Stephen Fry, and appears to be the film tie in version from a few years ago. That calls itself "mostly unabridged"; this says "complete and unabridged", and I really have not done a detailed comparison, life's too short. The rest are read by Martin Freeman. Stephen Fry was in some ways the perfect choice of reader today, ideal for the Book and for Marvin. Martin Freeman is ok, probably better at the characterisations. However, his reading voice always seems a little monotonous so the book and narration are a bit dull, and of course he's a perpetual reminder of that criminally bad movie. Maybe a combination of the two would be ideal? You could certainly be made o think that's what you're getting. Yes, I do love HHGTTG,and can be pretty sad about it.

You often tend to match best with the first version of something you encounter, so for me it will always be the radio show. However, I did only read that the voices of the mice changed, I didn't spot it.
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