The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy Omnibus: Omnibus Edition

Hardcover | August 4, 1997

byDouglas Adams

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Charting the whole of Arthur Dent’s Odyssey through space – a must-have edition, perfect for would-be galactic travellers, and for Douglas Adams fans everywhere.

First a legendary radio series, then a bestselling paperback, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a universal hit with readers of all ages. The omnibus edition is reissued to include the fifth part of the trilogy Mostly Harmless, along with A Guide to the Guide and essential notes on How to Leave the Planet.

• The Hitch Hiker’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
• Mostly Harmless
• A Guide to the Guide
• Notes on How to Leave the Planet

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Charting the whole of Arthur Dent’s Odyssey through space – a must-have edition, perfect for would-be galactic travellers, and for Douglas Adams fans everywhere.First a legendary radio series, then a bestselling paperback, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a universal hit with readers of all ages. The omnibus edition is reissue...

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Last Chance to See…with zoologist Mark Carwardine, and, with John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.5 × 5.92 × 1.92 inPublished:August 4, 1997Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I still love this The humor of Douglas Adams is timeless.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will love Arthur Dent This is not a book that requires reviewing. Simply the best comedy sci-fi books ever written. Rife with typical British humour and goofy, unpredictable characters. Definitely not a read for anyone not well versed in Britishisms or anyone lacking a sense of humour. Seemingly conceived with the aid of an improbability drive, this book with take you all over time and space in only 150 pages or so. Not meant to be taken seriously and is best read while eating spaghetti and playing fetch with the cat.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Hilarious!! Best Science Fiction/Comedy book ever! I'm looking forward to reading the second in the Series!
Date published: 2005-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy I am not normally attracted to this type of book. it was recommended to me by so many people that i thought i would give it a shot. I figured, it is not very thick so even if i don't like it I have only wasted a few hours and can form an opinion on it. Thats not the case. it was a wonderfully stimulating read. The brand of blunt, dry humor that the author applies it fasinating and terrificaly hilarious. I found my self actually laughing out loud. It was clever, well writen and thoroughly enjoyable.
Date published: 2005-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The FUNNIEST Book EVER I don't have this version of the book but I'll still review it. If you're looking for a book to make you really laugh (There are truly very few of these) then this is certainly one series that will put you in hysteria. I don't care for sci-fi but damn it was still amazing. Trust me, Douglas Adams' sense of humour is unparalled save for Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde, who, at least I think, never wrote sci-fi. Anyway, it's about Earth being demolished to make way for an intergalactic space bypass and the protagonist Arthur Dent, a human, travelling through the universe and seeing all kinds of strange and hilarious things. Characters include Marvin the paradnoid android, Zaphod Beeblebrox the two-headed fun-loving alien President of the universe, Ford Prefect, an alien who named himself mistakenly after a car and loves to cause havoc and get drunk, very generous and slightly annoying doors and elevators that love to compliment their users, and many many more rememberable ones. Summaries are pointless, for this is one series which is difficult to summarize, according to the author himself. These books are so funny and absurd that the five-book series is called The Trilogy of Five (It's a joke, figure out why). I don't want to spoil anything, but buy this book and read it and be prepared to laugh. There were actually points in the series that I cried, not because something sad happened, but because I laughed SO DAMN HARD for many mintues after reading a certain line or paragraph. It's actually THAT funny. And also, it's the only one of it's kind, it's a novel that's a science-fiction comedy. The only thing that's close to that genre is Spaceballs, which is a movie. I'll leave you with a quote by Douglas Adams that's in the book, "Anyone can fly. All you have to do is throw yourself at the ground and miss." (It's paraphrased from what Adams said but is different in the book. It's funny if you actually read the book and see what it means)
Date published: 2004-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely incredible... It is like nothing I've ever read before. Just takes your breath away, can't stop reading it. I still had an 'aftertaste' of amazement for many days after I've finished it. An absolute must-have for sci-fi comedy fans.
Date published: 2003-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More fun than a Vogon epic What would you do if you found yourself lying in a deserted field one night, drunk and pennliless? If you were Douglas Adams, you would come up with a hilarious romp through the stars. The key to THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY's humour is its very human perspective. The protagonist, Arthur Dent, is the most average example imaginable of the average man. Despite being placed in situations that he cannot begin to comprehend, Arthur presses on, trying to understand what is going on and why it is happening. It is through his eyes that we see that idiocy is widespread and is possibly the most destructive force in the universe. What adds to the book's depth, though, are questions that we all find ourselves asking at one time or another: Do things happen randomly? Is there a sentient force orchestrating events? If there is a grand scheme laid out by a higher power, can we possibly hope to understand it? While Arthur and his friends don't sit around asking these questions, their adventures certainly raise them. Even if you're not into philosophy or theology or even science fiction, chances are good that you will have a lot more fun following Arthur's misadventures than he does trying to survive them.
Date published: 2001-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the radiohead connection anyone who is a radiohead fan would do well to read these books. then suddenly, that obscure 'paranoid android' song will finally make sense! as well, this book has me laughing weeks after i've finished it. if your planet is about to be destroyed and you are running out of time, if you do anything with your remaining moments READ THIS BOOK! and 'don't panic' is the best advice anyone could give.
Date published: 2001-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A vivid picture of the emptiness of atheism. Underneath his whimsical tone, Adams deals with deeper themes relating to the meaning of life. It's painfully clear that something essential is missing from Adams' galaxy: God. God's absence from the Adam's fictional universe mirrors His absence in the atheist's personal worldview. But what is life's purpose in a universe without God? After seven and a half million years of calculation, a super computer announces that the answer to "The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." is "42." This answer is incomprehensible because we don't understand the question! In Adams' atheistic worldview, the question about life's purpose cannot be answered. He echoes Ecclesiastes: a godless world has no purpose. It is eternally unfortunate that Adams does not echo Ecclesiastes' conclusion: reversing the premise of atheism, reaffirming God's existence, and rediscovering purpose in serving God. Atheists who share Adams' empty worldview will discover that their life is the same as Adams - whimsically hitchhiking an empty earth without God. In death they will discover their error. By their rejection of Him in the past, they will spend eternity without Him in the future. But unlike the Hitchhiker's Guide, eternity without God has no room for whimsy, but only regret.
Date published: 2000-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adams an insane genius I just read this book yesterday and i loved every minute of it! It's one of those books that you start and you never want it to end. If you love Monty Python (i do) then you would most definetly love this book his zany approach to life, the universe, and the number 42. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequels!
Date published: 2000-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have An intelligent book. Very witty. Anyone who reads this book will love it no matter what their tastes.
Date published: 2000-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock on! This is one of the best books I have ever read. I wish there were more.
Date published: 2000-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent This is an excellent book. It’s a very odd look at space travel, time travel, and all around life in the crazy universe we call ours. This book is filled with unique and crazy humour, which kept me laughing with every page I turned. I think it’s a great book, and that you will enjoy it too, so grab a copy and follow the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and Zaphod Beeblebrox for yourself.
Date published: 2000-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy should be made required reading for anybody wanting to live on this planet. It's an abolute scream. It's rare that I laugh as hard as I do at this book.
Date published: 2000-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A whole new meaning to the word "trilogy&quot Undoubtedly the only five-book trilogy in existence, and the funniest. Characters unlike any other you'll encounter (my personal favourites being Slartibartfast, who won design awards for his fjords, and Marvin, the eternally depressed robot). A good introduction to the sci-fi genre for beginners and for those pondering the meaning of life. The number "42" will carry heavy significance...
Date published: 2000-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Inspired by the Hitch Hiker's Guide to Europe, Adams blends his literary talent with his unique sense of humour to create his comic odyssey. When the Earth is demolished because it is in the way of an intergalactic superhighway, Adams forces his readers to confront their own mortality. Join the last surviving human, Arthur Dent, as he escapes death, fumbles his way through the universe, and discovers the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Adams creates such colourful characters as Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox to help and inhibit Arthur on his journey. With all five books in one, this compilation makes a unique addition to any bookshelf.
Date published: 1999-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Review The best book I've read, only to be tied with by Douglas Adams' other Hitch Hickers novels. This one is my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 1999-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Review The best book I've read, only to be tied with by Douglas Adams' other Hitch Hickers novels. This one is my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 1999-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uncommonly Funny Adams has a gift for phrasing that can turn even a mundane situation into an occasion for hilarity. And these situations are far from mundane! The best comic SF ever.
Date published: 1999-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy This book will make you howl with uproarious laughter at every page. Mr. Adams' has a peculiar way indeed at looking at life, the universe , and everything. A must read.
Date published: 1999-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Adams Humour This book is hilarious - one of the few books that has provoked me to gut splitting laughter! It has the added knack of making we humans laugh at ourselves, especially at what we take seriously!
Date published: 1999-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Wonderfully hilarious. A very well written, intelligent book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Date published: 1999-05-14