The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts Hardcover – 16 Oct 1995
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
So what exactly IS H2G2?Read more ›
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.
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 ...
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.Read more ›
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These books are brilliantly written and amazingly funny. You'll fall in love with the characters and there strange ways as they wander across time and space without a clue what... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Read it twice, three times, four times. You'll still laugh out loud.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
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The first thing you need to know... DON'T PANIC!!! The hitchhikers guide to a galaxy is a masterpiece, a perfect mix of comedy and science fiction, that comes together to form this... Read morePublished 15 days ago by riley
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It was highly entertaining, although a number of the pages were stuck together with strange white residue.Published 1 month ago by Anonymoose
A brilliantly funny set of books. It really hasn't aged despite how long ago it was written.Published 1 month ago by Kevin