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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Lu par : Stephen Fry
Durée : 5 h et 51 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 notations)

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Master of comedy Stephen Fry delivers a brilliant audiobook narration of the best-selling novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams. Arthur Dent is a very British man having a very bad day. He discovers his friend is an alien and he’s taken off earth just as it’s destroyed to make way for a galaxy highway. To make matters worse, he hasn’t even had his morning cup of tea yet. This ingeniously constructed story takes a humorous look at how something as precious as Earth isn’t always appreciated until it’s gone. A lighthearted and enjoyable listen. Available now from Audible.

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One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

©1979 Serious Productions Ltd (P)2005 Random House US

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"By turns authoritative as the narrator, bemused as Arthur Dent, deadpan as Ford Prefect and manic as Zaphod Beeblebrox, he [Stephen Fry] makes an altogether appropriate reader . . . The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" ( The Times)
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Awesome

Sir Stephen Fry is awesome! Good story. I would love to listen to the sequel.

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one of the best books I have ever listened to

narrator: perfect
story: perfect
easy to listen to
just excellence at its finest
one of the best books I ever listened to

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  • Matthew
  • 08/01/2014

Stephen Fry is so, so good

This is just so damn British. I’m afraid my enjoyment for this book was enhanced a little too much by nostalgic memories of offbeat britcoms like Blackadder and (especially) Red Dwarf.

Speaking of influences I can’t help but wonder if—the very American—Futurama was partly inspired by Hitchhikers? Did anyone else notice the striking resemblance between Zapp Brannigan and Zaphod Beeblebrox? I had an image of Zapp in my mind every time Zaphod appeared on the page.

But back to Britain… when I learned the critical component of the Infinite Improbability Drive was a cup of hot tea… let’s just say it warmed my heart and provoked a spontaneous, gentle smile.

Apart from being terribly British, it’s also dreadfully amusing and easy-to-read. I loved it.

As for Stephen Fry’s narration of this audio-version --- *sigh* --- the man is a genius and has remained consistently on my list of “Fantasy Dinner Party Invitees” for the last 15 years so—obviously I would like to hack into the Audible website and somehow assign a sixth star in the category of “performance”.

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  • Rune
  • 26/11/2012

Hitchhiker never fails to entertain

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm not the sort of person who recommends things to my friends - they're just so finicky. However, should I find out that a friend is a Hitchhiker's fan AND a Stephen Fry fan AND they ask me if it was any good I'd tell them, "Yes, yes and yes!"

The performance of this story that I know so well brought me new laughs and enjoyment.

What a shame the story reminded me of how old I am by reminding me of how old it is.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/05/2017

"Mice, they paid for earth." Mind Blowing.

Love to Love it, Stephen Fry made it better, as a matter of fact, he is undoubtedly the best at these sort of entertainment.

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  • Stelio
  • 02/06/2013

My Memories have been Fry'ed...

always loved Douglas Adams as a young Adult and was meaning to re read the trilogy (in four parts of course) in any case.

this was well worth the buy as Stephen Fry really does an outstanding performance, just bringing the book to life. This must be the best version of this work in my opinion, much netter than reading the book myself or watching the movie.

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  • Sonia
  • 01/10/2012

Always a winner

I read this book when I was 20. Over a decade later, I thought it was about time to re-read it. So, with a puzzle in front of me, I began listening to this funny story once again. I just did it to feel good, to laugh, and to reminisce.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06/05/2020

Very Funny Reading

Stephen Fry is a master story teller. kep me entertained throughout the book.

The writer did a very good job. Will now read the sequel.

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  • linda
  • 21/04/2020

always amazing to read/ listen

started listening on a Sunday late afternoon and finished it the next Monday it's such a captivating and fun story you can't help but wasn't to listen continuously

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  • Tori K
  • 03/02/2020

Stephen Fry is amazing

Watched the movie first, then read the book, and now the audiobook. Always loved the story but Stephen Fry takes it up a notch with his voices. A marked 42% improvement over reading it yourself.

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  • Louise
  • 11/11/2019

Brilliant

Stephen Fry does a brilliant job narrating this exciting and hilarious sci-fi novel. I look forward to listening to this again in the future.

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  • Gary Dale Cearley
  • 26/05/2019

I can’t believe I waited so long to tackle this one!

The story meanders and some of the names are outlandish (but, of course!), yet the wit in both the dialogue and narration make this book a real gem. I’m not a science fiction aficionado but I loved this one and would highly recommend it. The humor is dripping from every page.

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  • Robin Borntraeger
  • 12/12/2018

great sorry. bad audio quality

the story is a brilliant hilarious mockery of philosophy that is magnificently portrait by Stephen Fry.

Unfortunately, the performance looses points due to the underperforming sound editing team. the sound falls out always at the beginning of the chapter and at the end. very unfortunate.
the entire story misses approximately 2 minutes which ruins the point of even buying it.
very sad

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  • C.W.Franz
  • 06/12/2015

A perfect match

Fry and Adams - what a marvellous combination. Douglas Adams' classic literally comes to life through his friend's vivid, funny and clever recitation. A joy from start to end, a story so peculiar and fascinating it flows seamlessly into the reader's mind. Highly recommended!

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  • pitpat
  • 20/01/2015

Amazing

This book might be even better as an audio book than as a traditional one. The narrator is SO GOOD. Liked the Stanley Parable? You'll LOVE this

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  • Simon Furnivall
  • 11/10/2015

mindblasting

absolutely amazing - couldn't stop listening
stephen fry does a magnificent job and makes the audiobook come alive!

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  • Jörg
  • 19/08/2015

Hervorragende Science-Fiction Satire

Ich denke, über den Inhalt des Buches braucht nicht mehr viel gesagt zu werden. Douglas Adams liefert eine grandios-komische Beschreibung des "wahren" Lebens in der Galaxis.

Stephen Fry liefert als Sprecher ganz hervorragende Arbeit ab. Er gibt dem Erzähler einen sarkastisch-ironischen Unterton, der vorzüglich zur Geschichte passt. Ich finde es sehr Schade, dass er die übrigen Bücher der Reihe nicht auch gelesen hat.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 30/06/2020

Einfach nur genial

Ein Klassiker, macht sowohl auf deutsch als auch auf englisch Spaß zu hören. Sollte jeder kennen :)

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  • Arkadiusz Socala
  • 29/04/2020

Some jokes may be anti-Christian / anti-religious!

Some jokes may be anti-Christian and/or anti-religious! I am returning the book. I have read that some movie with the same title can be also offensive for Christians.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 14/04/2019

Just love the book

Loved to read the book myself and also loved to hear it read by Stephen Fry.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 10/12/2018

Very Good

I love it. Smart and funny English Humor. And the Reader did a remarkable work. Congratulations for that!! Thanks for Entertain us!!!

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  • Rupert Lees
  • 20/10/2018

really funny!

It was a joy! The whole book is full of smart and amazing humor and the preformance is fantastic! 10/10