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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 224 pages
Audiobook Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes
First Published: 1979
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxy full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
Quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is…42!”
“And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before–and thus was the Empire forged.”
“Do you find coming to terms with the mindless tedium of it all presents an interesting challenge?”
“What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things, of course, but I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”
Movie Trailer for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
About Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist and musician. He is best known for his book series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He died in 2001.