The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1)

by Douglas Adams
Illustrator Steve Leialoha

Pan Macmillan | September 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1) is rated 4.27272727272727 out of 5 by 11.
One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. It's the final straw for Arthur Dent, who has already had his house bulldozed that morning. But for Arthur, that is only the beginning . . . In the seconds before global obliteration, Arthur is plucked from the planet by his friend Ford Prefect - and together the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.72 × 5.27 × 0.53 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330508113

ISBN - 13: 9780330508117

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ageless humour This is a wonderfully enjoyable tale. Author Douglas Adams has taken a highly improbably scenario, the earth being disintegrated to make way for a galactic highway, and turned it into a funny but riveting story. Arthur Dent is a rather unassuming man trying to get through his day and maybe find a good cuppa tea. His friend Ford Prefect has some bad news for him, his world is going to be destroyed in a few minutes, and oh yeah, he's an alien who can save him. Not very probable, but I was hooked. Zaphod Beeblebrox is an outlandish character who also happens to be the President of the Imperial Galactic Government. I am in awe of his ineptitude at life in general, but love his quirkiness. He's a fun character who could take the story in any numbeer of directions at any moment. I like the way Mr. Adams balanced the male characters. Arthur, Ford and Zaphod are distinctive and each take the lead at various times, but none outshines or dominates the storyline. Even though this book was first published in 1979, it has aged well. The references to the new digital watches is even more funny with the advent of the current computer/phone watches. The humor contained in the book is ageless.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great book This is not the full book, be careful what you purchase. this is only a portion of the entirety and is useless without the rest.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilariously hilarious! Book is great! Half way done and still going! Which to me, means a lot. Perfect balance of scifi and humor and poetry. 10-10 - Would read again. After I finish it a first time.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Douglas Adams is a genius! Some of the characters have names that are almost impossible to pronounce, but it's fun to try. This book takes you on an amazing journey and I am glad it doesn't end here.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Unless you are looking for juvenile sci-fi, this highly- regarded book, after a good third or so, falls into somewhat repetitive attempts to appear foolish.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As wonderful as I recall! Even better than previous read! As was 14yrs and most likely didn't get all the jokes and subtleties
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My own Guide to the Galaxy Fun and entertaining. Must've been drunk while reading.
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Nice book, great humor and wise ideas. Unbeatable classic - must read for everybody!
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Easy read that had me laughing out loud on several occasions. Fantastic.
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty and laugh-out-loud funny I first read this book (and the following books in the "trilogy") when I was in high school, and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed them. Douglas Adams had a knack for capturing the absurdity of humanity and writing about how weird the universe can be. It was initially a radio broadcast story, but Douglas Adams adapted it to other formats, including the novel. Eventually, a television miniseries was produced, and well after Adams died, a movie was made (starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Fry, and Bill Nighy). Hitchhiker's Guide has become something of a classic, especially among British comedy fans and science fiction fans. It never takes itself too seriously, and while it takes place all over the universe (in the future, on other planets, on prehistoric Earth, and even at the very end of the universe), it always feels remarkably familiar. You can relate to the characters, even if the characters are aliens from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. Hitchhiker's Guide and its subsequent books have earned their spot as classics in the world of modern English fiction. If people I know haven't yet read these books, I'm inclined to thrust my beaten-up copy in their general direction and urge them to read it as soon as possible.
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams was originally written for radio and later published as a trilogy of five books, with a recent sixth book written by Eoin Colfer published in 2009. The book follows Arthur Dent an Englishman whose life has been saved by an alien named Ford Prefect. Ford and Arthur hitchhike onto an alien spaceship just before earth is destroyed. On the ship is a paranoid depressed android named Marvin, another human named Trillian and the owner or stealer of the spaceship who has two heads named Zaphod. The stolen spaceship is "The Heart of Gold" and it is able to make improbable things happen. The assorted crew head out in search of a legendary planet named Magrathea and to find the answer to the "Ultimate Question". I have read this book twice and I must admit that the first time I had troubles understanding everything, but the second time I actually enjoyed it and found it humorous. I love all the random things that happen in the book, especially the part where a black hole opens up next to Arthur and carries his voice to another part of space where a war results from what Arthur said. Very imaginative and random thinking is the mainstay of this book.
Date published: 2010-01-11

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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1)

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy #1)

by Douglas Adams
Illustrator Steve Leialoha

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.72 × 5.27 × 0.53 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330508113

ISBN - 13: 9780330508117

From the Publisher

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. It's the final straw for Arthur Dent, who has already had his house bulldozed that morning. But for Arthur, that is only the beginning . . . In the seconds before global obliteration, Arthur is plucked from the planet by his friend Ford Prefect - and together the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time.

About the Author

Douglas Adams created all manifestations of THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He was working on the movie screenplay before his sudden death in 2001.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17