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Life, the Universe, and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  93,463 ratings  ·  1,420 reviews
Alternate cover edition for ISBN 0330267388
Paperback, 162 pages
Published 1982 by Pan Books
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Henry Avila
Arthur Dent finds himself living alone, on prehistoric Earth, in a cold, damp cave. His friend Ford Prefect, bored, has wandered off, early on , without saying a word , to Africa, Arthur learns, later. The duo, time traveled here, not voluntarily, and have tried to adjust. The whole gang, has been scattered all through the Galaxy. Marvin, the depressed robot, has conversations with a talking mattress, in a strange planet, Trillian, is at a party, that never ends, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, is sulkin ...more
Manny
People may have noticed that I've recently become very interested in theories of physics which involve multiple universes. I've spent a fair amount of time over the last few weeks reading about them and discussing the ideas.

Since it's buried in one of my other reviews, let me present my conclusions explicitly. To my surprise, I discover that there is a great deal of evidence to support the claim that we are only one of many universes, and, moreover, that we know what these other universes are. T
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Brandon Collinsworth
this is the last book in the series that I really enjoyed and I almost wish Douglas Adams would have called it quits here. The book gives us the chance to laugh at ourselves in going back to prehistoric earth and Adams alternate view of how we ended up the creatures we are, that was extremely clever.

But Krikkit was the best part, this story was amazing and I can't help but wonder if Adams religous views are at work here. A group of people that just can't accept the idea that there might be anoth
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Jonathan

As a continuation of Douglas Adams' famous The Hitchiker's Guide Series this was, as indicated by the foreword, one of the most plotted in the series. But as also indicated by the foreword, you don't read The Hitchiker's Guide Series for the plots. So, you ask me, what do you read it for? You read it for the sense of wonder about the crazy place the universe is. You read it for the comedy of Douglas Adams, for his creative and zany use of made up people, places, words...for his use of language.
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Katie
I appreciate Douglas Adams a bit more each time that I read him. This was unsurprisingly lovely and funny and very enjoyable. It's a wonderful thing to read if you're having a bad day and it's rainy outside (or hey, even if it's sunny).

I don't think I really noticed it before, but reading through this I kept finding myself thinking that Douglas Adams could easily have been a very successful "serious" writer too, if he had wanted to be one. He's a wonderful writer, and there are a couple of turn
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Joseph
'From the studios on the unstable fourth moon of Vega four; it's The Ua show!' The announcer shouted as Ua emerged from behind the curtain to the applause of her live audience.

'Thank you, thank you.' She called to her adoring fans. 'And I must say I love you all. Even the reptiloids. Oh what am I saying; especially the reptiloids.' Light laughter followed.

'Today we have with us the stars of Life, the Universe and Everything.' She called out while making a horizontal slash through the air; a pant
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Jim
I'm not sure there has ever been a point to any of this, but this one seemed to lose any sign of cohesive narration toward the end. Again, it ended abruptly & on a cliff hanger. Still kind of funny at odd moments, but so pointless as to be tiring. I thought I'd try one more & queued it up, but then found some better books at the library. I think I've spent enough time on this series. I now get many of the references FWIW. Ugh. Next I'll be watching football or some other ridiculous sport ...more
Evan Leach
The third entry in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series probably has the most coherent plot of all five books, for what that’s worth. In Life, the Universe and Everything, Arthur, Ford and friends get roped into preventing the destruction of the universe. A group of sinister robots have been appearing around the galaxy collecting specific items, and if their efforts are successful all creation as we know it will be destroyed. Unlike the other books in the series, where the characters ofte ...more
Ben
Apr 12, 2009 Ben rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True fans of the series
Shelves: mooched
A series losing steam, and it's a real shame given the potential of the first two books--both fun, quick reads. This title is less focused on the sci-fi and philosophical underpinnings of the first two books. Instead, Adams here maintains sequences that hinge on bizarre chains of events and silly, ponderous exchanges between characters who have less and less of an idea as to what exactly is happening around them. These felt a long 200+ pages indeed.

The bon mots and clever passages are fewer and
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Ferdy
As fun and silly as the previous instalments. The best part was that random guy going around insulting everyone.
Ivonne Rovira
No doubt about it: Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its sequel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe were five-star novels. Anyone would want to read these laugh-out-loud funny books you'd again and again. But the third book in Adams' series, while amusing, doesn't prove to be as good.

Sure, there are some funny scenes, such as when Arthur Dent braves killer robots to return to Lord's Cricket Ground to deposit ashes. (Any more details on that would spoil the novel.) Li
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Cecily
Hitchhiker's, volume 3.

Mostly about Krikkit - and the Bistromathic Drive, which is better than mere Infinite Improbability.

The immortal Wowbanger the Infinitely Prolonged gave himself the task of insulting everyone in the universe - individually (but nearly did Arthur twice).

It has the usual wonderful Adamsness:

The "knack" of learning to fly is to "throw yourself at the ground and miss".

"Aggressively uninterested".

"One thing has suddenly ceased to lead to another".

Slartibartfast, who has on
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Simona Bartolotta
- Noi non siamo ossessionati da nessuna mania, capite - continuò Ford.
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- Ed è proprio questo il fattore decisivo: l'ossessione. Non potremo mai vincere contro dei maniaci. Loro hanno la fissazione da soddisfare, noi no. E' quindi destino che vincano loro.
- Anch'io ho le mie fissazioni, i miei interessi – disse Slartibartfast con la voce che gli tremava in parte per il risentimento, in parte anche per il dubbio.
- Ah si? Quali?
- Bé – disse il vecchio - m'interessa la vita, m'interessa l'U
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S.
fairly clear from the way Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ends, as well as Restaurant at the End of the Universe that the series was originally conceived of, by Adams, as a trilogy, and while HHG2TG and R@TEOTU were a clear 5 and high 4, the closing volume of the original sequence is a lower 4, but the average 5+4+4 = 17 / 3 = 4.33 sounds about right as a judgment of the work, and I'm only somewhat surprised at the drop off of ratings:

500,000 ratings for 1
82,000 for 2
69,000 for 3

although some o
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Peter
Strained but enjoyable sequel: With the publication of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams had completed his novelisations of the two Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio series, and the story had effectively reached it's natural conclusion, with the wrapping up of all the major plot-threads concerning the quest for the Ultimate Question, the destruction of planet Earth, and Zaphod's theft of the Heart of Gold. The series popularity though resulted in Adams bringing out a th ...more
Alicja
rating: 5/5

The adventure continues for Arthur Dent, Ford Perfect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin. And ouch! My head hurts!

When reading so much of this series, there are times I feel just like Arthur Dent (and respond in a similar way through staring with my mouth open like my brain stopped working for a moment). Again, another brilliant hit by Adams, the third in the series.

I don’t know if I just got used to Adams’ writing style or can interpret between the lines better but I’m findin
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Yvonne Mendez
The first book made sense and I met my new love: Marvin the Paranoid Android. The second book "The restaurant at the end of the universe", made sense, sorta, kinda, but I can't explain why it made sense. Marvin was depressingly charming and I even had a small bout of depression in his honor. In this third installment, there is less of Marvin and more saving-the-universe type action. I constantly feel like Arthur Dent with all these things and new concepts being thrown at me from the lips of the ...more
Amantha
You know what would have made this series awesome? If Mr. Adams had forgotten all about Arthur Dent as the protagonist (seriously, he's useless and I get that's supposed to be the point and that he's supposed to be the Everyman but come on) and made Trillian the protagonist instead.

And let her fucking go off with Thor if she wanted to. That whole bit about Arthur "taking care of" Thor and Trillian being grateful (but really she seemed quite ambivalent if you ask me) was just nonsense.
Thomas Strömquist
The third book and the first one that was not based on the original radio shows (although it became one later, as did the rest of the books, so I guess that makes this the first book in the series to be subsequently made into a radio show).

Anyway, Adams kept up the pace and stories for the third book in the original trilogy, which represents one of the best reading experiences ever in my opinion. If you haven't read them, I cannot recommend them more. This is for the wonderful Swedish translati
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FlibBityFLooB
How can you go wrong with the zany mind of author Douglas Adams? Arthur, living alone on prehistoric Earth, decides happily to himself that he will go mad and announces it to the empty world. Ford, who unexpectedly reappears after being gone for four years, tells Arthur that he went mad for a while and it did him a lot of good. I loved Ford’s description of his bout of self-imposed madness: “And then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in an ...more
Alyce (At Home With Books)
Life, the Universe and Everything took me longer to read and held my attention less than the first two books in the series. I think that part of this was due to a complicated plot with mysterious white robots showing up everywhere killing people, and characters appearing at various locations, seemingly at random. So, I guess in many ways it is standard fare for the Hitchhiker series: expect the unexpected.

You have to pay close attention to the details of this story if you want to know what is go
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Timothy Carter
This book quite literally changed my life. As an author, it is both shameful and humorous to admit that, as a teenager, I didn't like reading books. Life, the Universe and Everything changed that for me, and I realized that books can be really, really funny.

I hadn't read the first two Hitchhiker books by this point, so when I started reading I had no idea who Arthur Dent was or what he was doing in a cave in prehistoric England. Didn't matter. On the first page he gets insulted by an alien, and
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Kurt
There are moments in this book that are as funny as the two previous books, but not as many as I wanted. Overall, it's a very good book, well worth a read, but not before you read what came before it.

I have never finished a book before and thought, "I sure wish there hadn't been a plot." Not that I want a different plot, but that I want no plot at all. That's essentially how Adams strung together his witty observations for two books, and this book suffers greatly for having a story structure to
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Mary
Feb 27, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the truly absurd!
WARNING: Eddies in the space-time continuum.
And so is his sofa!
The third of the four books in Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker Trilogy", "Life, the Universe and Everything" takes the reader - and the Chesterfield sofa - on a continuum of nonstop madness, as Earthman Arthur Dent and his Betelguesian neighbor Ford Prefect, stranded two million years in Earth's past, hitch a ride on the Chesterfield and materialize in the middle of a match at Lord's Cricket Ground in modern-day England - two days befo
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Becky Ginther
Though I had really enjoyed the first two books in the Hitchhiker's "trilogy," for some reason or another the appeal seemed to dissipate with this one a little bit. Throughout the series I found that Adams really had a tendency to have events happen without really explaining exactly what was going on, but you usually found out directly after. However, there were lots of things that happened in the beginning of this one that really made little sense, and they weren't explained until many chapters ...more
Sarah
I think this book would have been better for me if I actually understood cricket. The game, I mean. There were so many subtle references and jokes to cricket, I felt I was missing out on half the humor of the novel. But of course, being American puts me at a disadvantage. However, there still were some exceedingly funny parts. I loved that Arthur learned to fly simply by falling and forgetting to hit the ground. And Adams wow-ed me with the creature killed over and over by Dent who wants revenge ...more
Avery K.
A very amusing read. I enjoyed it about as much as the first two books in the "trilogy."
The book starts about where the last one left off- Arthur and Ford have been trapped on a prehistoric Earth for the past few years, and they finally escape by pursuing an eddy in the space-time continuum. They end up at a cricket match in England a few days before Earth was destroyed by the Vogons, and witness a mass of white robots come from a spaceship, attack the crowd, and steal the Ashes of a cricket stu
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Ana
"He was marching out onto the pitch with terrible purpose in his gait; his hair, beard and robes swept behind him, looking very much as Moses would have looked if Sinai had been a well-cut lawn instead of, as it is more usually represented, a fiery smoking mountain."

"They are/were unspeakably wonderful. That is to say, you couldn't speak very much of them at once without being so overcome with emotion, truth and a sense of the wholeness and oneness of things that you wouldn't pretty soon need a
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Julia
Our fearless heroes--last seen scattered throughout space and time in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe--once again reunite, this time to save the universe from nothing less than utter annihilation. Yes, the ancient race of Krikkit has declared war on everything non-Krikkit, and only Arthur and the gang can prevent the impending Armageddon. Because, you know, why not?

Not quite as funny as its predecessors, mainly because of Adams’ inexplicable desire to keep his characters separated for
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was comp ...more
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-5) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)

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