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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #0.5-5)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  307,121 ratings  ·  5,804 reviews
At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five novels from Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker series.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time an
Paperback, 815 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Del Rey Books (first published January 17th 1996)
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Jeremy Gifford Yes there was a movie made in 2005 which in my opinion was no where close to the book except maybe a few things here and there. There was also a made …moreYes there was a movie made in 2005 which in my opinion was no where close to the book except maybe a few things here and there. There was also a made for TV version made in 1981 from the BBC, The TV version was low budget and did not have the "Great" special effects that we expect now-days but the series followed the book quite closely far more then the movie did! if you can look past the bad effects it was better then the 2005 movie version by far but yet this is only my opinion :) (less)
Roxy The book is far more clever and mature. I found the movie very juvenile in comparison.

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J.G. Keely
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey.

Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Haley
Just as funny as advertised, but I made the mistake of reading the collection of all five novels, and - what's more - trying to read them all in one go. Once I got about halfway through Life, the Universe, and Everything, it had stopped being funny and had gotten a little confusing. Adams is excellent at humor, not so much at plot.

So, for clarification: 5 stars for the original Hitchhiker's, 4 for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and 3 stars for the others.
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all o' y'all
OK. Where do I start with this one. It's a doozy.

Let's first of all say that I think this is one of the best uses of the English language. It's right up there with, well, anything else. I mean, just read the sentences. He is a lot like Tolkien, in that he makes the words themselves the art. But where Tolkien will take English and make it into a lush, broad canvas, Mr. Adams turns English into a plaything. Let's put my last sentence another way: The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is the literar
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: patient readers
It's that book you pick up and feel obligated to love, if only to escape grievous fan persecution. Well. Here goes.

Let's start with the humour. Yes, it's everything that humour should be. For a while, you are oh-so-amused and impressed...but then you weary of being so amused. Akin to being kept on the edge of your seat for a good few hours - something's going to get sore. It's just such a strain. I skipped ten or so pages near the middle but I'm sure those ten pages were, like the rest of the b
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, sci-fi
So my journey with The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy finally came to an end. What an enjoyable journey it was! The characters, the stories, the writing and the essence of Douglas Adam’s work – it was fantastic!!!

I had heard a lot about this cult series and finally got to read it – thanks to a friend. A very big thank you to you indeed!

This book contains the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy series by Douglas Adams i.e. 5 novels and 1 story:
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2. The
Michael Finocchiaro
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I definitely am overdue to reread this comic scifi classic! I remember laughing all the time at the quirky universe that Adams conjured up, but admit to have forgotten many of the details...on my 2018 TBR!
I was thinking about the radio version of this, which I heard scraps of at odd times when from time to time it was repeated. One in particular stuck in my head which was that one of the characters was stuck on a planet in habited by particularly intelligent birds who had evolved out of the human population when their economy collapsed due to an excess of shoe shops. I liked this because it reminded me of Bromley, which as a child to my mind had far too many shoe shops all of which it seemed I wa ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I ended it after four books because I felt like the fourth book (epilogue not included) had a nice ending and also I'm bloody sick of it
December 14, 2018:

H2G2, volume 1: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, read by Stephen Fry, finished.
So long, and thanks for all the fishiness :)

The Cyberiad - Stanisław Lem

September 24, 2020:

H2G2, volume 2: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe finished!

Much of the British variety of nonsense, loads of ludicrousness and quirky characters by the dozen, this short novel is an Improbability Field all by itself :)

Buddy reading with Tara 10/10 would do again :^)

Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edit 11/17/2017: Added mini-review of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Edit 4/18/19: Added mini-review of Life, the Universe and Everything.
Edit 7/19/19: Added mini-review of So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
Edit 11/5/21: All done!

I don't think I've ever gotten all the way through this five-books-plus-a-short-story trilogy, but it still remains fond in memory as part of my British sci-fi TV phase in high school that also included Dr. Who and Blake's 7. (A good looking actor or two,
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction and comedy
The Hitchhiker’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: ★★★★
Young Zaphod Plays it Safe: ★★★
Mostly Harmless: ★★★★

I read the first book in this series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a few years ago, but at the time I was in sort of an on-again, off-again relationship with reading so I didn’t finish the series. After some disappointing reads this year, I wanted something I knew f
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read most of this series when I was younger and had only one book left to complete it. I saw this gorgeous piece of paper and ink in the bookstore and knew it was finally time to finish her off. Since it had been so long in between I decided to give the first four a reread which is not my usual at all. I'm a read it once and move on kind of girl. I found the introduction to be super interesting because I had no idea there were so many different versions of this story out there and I do love a ...more
Auntie Terror
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I think I might need to lie down and cry a little now... [Prtf]
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The coolest five-book trilogy ever. Seriously some of the best and original science fiction ever written, and it just happens to be hilarious. Not too many people have the balls to write a trilogy that starts off with the absolute destruction of earth for no other reason than the fact that it was in the path of a hyperspace highway that was soon to become obsolete with the advent of the improbability drive. Speaking of which, the technology in these books is easily more imaginative than anything ...more
May 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
I think after having made little to no progress in the past about 9 months it's best if I just give up even pretending I'm still reading this book.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the book I really wanted to read - classic English comedy? Bring it on! I enjoyed that book; if I was rating this alone it would be a good 4-star book - it was funny and inventive with some great characters...it's the other books in this series that made it so difficult for me. The second - The Restaurant at th
Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Douglas Adams is either the craziest, most creative and funniest author I've ever read, or he's just on crack.
Or maybe it's a little of both.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the books that follow it are all completely insane and impossible to summarize, so I'm not even going to try. They're books that can't be taken too seriously, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the portrait of insanity Adams so expertly paints.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books, and one of my favourite, ever. Read it now - it's got good writing, great jokes and the meaning of life thrown in. What more could you want? ...more
Apr 13, 2019 marked it as on-hold-not-abandoned
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (5-star)
What a blast! This zany, whacky, completely absurd story has a plot, a reason for being, a vision. It's so off the wall! I loved the absurdness and the way events came together so well, for all their craziness.
I have read this "trilogy" of 5 books many years ago. I've remembered so much of it incorrectly. I've forgotten even more than I remember. It's wonderful to have the zaniness brought back to life in this rereading.
Marvin is still my favorite chara
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
- whew!! kept me singing that old song that goes ♫♪"i just can't get enough!" ♫♪ ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, I would read anything he wrote, even his grocery lists.
Joe S
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: really boring Brits who can't get over being really boring, or British
Why does British humor rely so much on the use of indifference? Just something I've noticed.

So the Earth is destroyed. In an indifferent manner, which makes it hi-larious. A bloke is saved and, unmoored in the Universe, is dragged through a series of droll hijinx. One formulaic hijinx after another, which are really just vehicles for terribly self-satisfied one-liners. And then the novel stops at a seemingly arbitrary point -- though I suspect it's actually the point of diminishing returns. At a
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It doesn't get any better than this. Best books ever. ...more
Feb 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook, re-read
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 5*
Book 3: 5*
Book 4: 4*
Young Zaphod: 3*
Book 5: There’s a book 5?

It’s been 6 months since I started this with the intention of re-reading books 1-4 and reading YZ and Book 5 for the first time.

This was the first time I’ve ever done a proper re-read, and to be honest I didn’t find it to be a super compelling all the way through and with how little I like what I’ve read of Mostly Harmless I’m just going to throw in the towel. Maybe I’ll give MH another try at some point, but for t
Jovana Autumn
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn’t get my laptop but I am still writing a review. Bravo for me.

This series was so fun to read – at least the first three books. I’ll get to that later.

I never realized how many modern-day phrases were references to this series. I knew there was a movie but I never watched it, only a few bits in passing while my brother was watching it.

I didn’t have a problem with reading this series, it didn’t put me into a slump, but I can see how it can do this to any reader. Because there is just so muc
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Better late than never. After decades of hearing about this series, I finally broke down and read this collection. I laughed so much I thought I'd pass out.

I will definitely keep my towel handy.

The Hitchhiker'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 (★★★★★)
Ridhika Khanna
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, humor-satire
An astounding 4 star for this series.

The satire in the first two books is just mind blowing. Many a times I had to shut the book and laugh my heart out. There were many comical events in this series that I thoroughly enjoyed. The later books were not as good as the first two but I still found the story line and humor to be good.
The last book was definitely not the end of the series because the author died while writing the next one. Sadly, it was not upto the standard set by Adams in previous i
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites! It's unique and hilarious, simply unputdownable!
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
"I give up!"

I exclaimed this very proudly. Just as proudly as Arthur exclaimed, "I will go mad!" At the beginning of the third book.

I enjoyed the first two books and the beginning of the third but decided that I have nothing to gain from reading the rest of this series. I was wrong! If you are going to read Douglas Adams then my advice to you is to read them one book at a time and not in The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide.

I grew tired of Douglas Adams' roundabout jokes that took on an identical s
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-series
Never liked this one. Had some interesting and funny parts, but it is a No from me.
Grace Tjan
This review is for the first two books only.

I have a confession to make: I am allergic to sci-fi. The kind that has as its hero a humanoid who lives in 23345 AD on a dystopian red planet, where he must fight slimy insectoid aliens whose sole purpose in life is to lay and hatch their filthy eggs on human bodies. The guy is barely human anyway, with half his face swathed in shiny robotic gear with glowing red eyes that look like the battery-powered tip of my 10 year old’s toy laser gun. Or instead
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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 ...more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (6 books)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4)
  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5)
  • And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6)

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