The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

  • Release Date: 2002-04-30
  • Genre: Adventure
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Description

In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved 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 and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

Includes the bonus story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe”

“With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”—The Atlantic

Reviews

  • Inspirational

    5
    By Bucpaul36
    Satire isn't a favorite genre of mine. Yet this series of books by Douglas Adams is a very large social satirical reduction of how silly we humans really can be. I have read the entire series 5 tines or more sense I fell in love with someone who holds the mirror up to all or creation a makes me laugh. You will live several time over as each of your emotions ride around the cosmos. It was my pleasure Mr.Adams and thank you.
  • Resilient Brilliance

    5
    By Josh Helfferich
    Reading Hitchhiker's Guide for the very first time in 2016, I was absolutely blown away. The very definition of a timeless masterpiece – it holds up as though it was written yesterday.
  • A Work of Genius

    5
    By Dwardeng
    These books are funny, relevant, irrelevant, goofy, smart, fast moving, unpredictable, satirical, and while harpooning the wonderful world of Science Fiction at times, they do so with respect. After all, it is a comic version of the genre.
  • Funny, deep, and thoughtful

    5
    By Devinemily
    I've been reading this book since I was in high school, and every time I read it, it puts the stress of daily life into perspective. Thank you Mr. Adams!
  • Amazing

    5
    By TaiPai59
    These books are amazing!
  • Tripe

    1
    By cmcculloh
    And drivel. With a few funny moments and mildly interesting nuggets.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By themusicmana2z
    I was entertained and amused till the last page. Somehow Douglas Adams keeps you guessing with his unconventional style, and even if these books don't surprise you in the typical sci-fi way, his storytelling style sure does
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Lily31798
    Probably my favorite book. Everything about it is brilliant. Definitely recommend.
  • Great Good Fun.

    5
    By ProfessorFL
    Pretty hard to beat the wonderfully off-beat Douglas Adams.
  • Wacky

    4
    By oldschool07
    I spent 4 months reading these, laughed a bunch and thought about it a lot. A lot of fun. You will find yourself genuinely interested in the lives of Arthur, Trillian, and Ford. Enjoy the ride!

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