The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

by Douglas Adams


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This volume contains six zany, outrageous, out-of-this-world adventure stories by bestselling author Douglas Adams: 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; and Mostly Harmless. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517124857
Publisher: Value Proprietary
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.62(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—which yielded the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything¿42. Hitchhiker's Guide originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books. Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in addition to three stories for the TV show Doctor Who.

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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1098 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered HGTTG years ago and loved it. I recently found the five-part trilogy bound in one volume, and decided to re-read what I thought had been the best send-up of science fiction ever written. I was right. Beginning with an unlikely starship crew consisting of a two-headed, fugitive Galactic President, a burned-out travel writer, a paranoid android, (who parks cars for 5 billion years while waiting to be rescued) a mysterious beauty, and the last survivor of the late planet Earth, (which was destroyed to make way for a galactic freeway) Douglas Adams has managed to incorporate every science fiction cliche known to man or Vogon. However, unlike most writers of SF, he does not take himself or his subject too seriously. The result is a universe of marvelous silliness and deliciously ditzy characters who zoom along on their improbability drive, carrying their towels, drinking Pan Galactic Gargleblasters, while trying to avoid having a Vogon poetry read at them, or meeting up with the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. My suggestion? Buy the book, lock yourself in your room, and read it--preferably on the floor, because that's where you'll end up anyway--unless you're the type who still thinks digital watches are pretty neat things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like British style humor and are scientifically minded, this book is a must. Then again, if you don't appreciate laughing out loud when you read a book, this isn't for you.
Dread_Pirate_Flint More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie when it first came out. I was awe-struck as the credits were rolling up. Now that was a great story and even better presentation. I was really excited to get the book to find out the whole story. If you read this you must read the foreword and the introduction first. You have to realize that the film was just an adaptation of the 'real story'. I immediately fell in love with the writing style of Douglas Adams. You really do need a good sense of humor to get through it, because it is laugh after laugh but in the style of Douglas Adams. There is also romance, action, and great characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally in paperback, the complete five volume trilogy. I was very excited when this title came on the market, and my joy did not diminish as I plunged headfirst into this wealth of Hitchhiker's Guide print, not for the first time, but for the 18th. Still, you don't have to be a HHGTTG veteran to get on board with quite simply is 5 books with one cover. I promise you, wether you've read the Hitchhiker series. Dirk Gently or The Salmon of doubt you can appreciate the beauty (but mosltly humor) of this writing. I thouroughly enjoy it, and encourage you to read it also.
Lost_in_Michigan More than 1 year ago
What can I say this is one of the all time classic Humor books over the past 30 years. May not be for all taste. But if you are looking for a good Science Fiction/Monty Python/Dr. Who type story this is for you. When I first heard about these new fangled things called E-Readers this book came to mind, and was the First book I put onto my Nook Color. To tell any of the story would be to spoil the read. Here in one Book is the compleate Trilogy of 5 books. There is a sixth book but that is sold sepreatly. So sit back and enjoy and remember your Towel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey you sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is!! You must read this book. If you can't laugh at this there's just no point anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not obsessed with logical and perfect storylines, this book is absolutely a modern classic that you just HAVE to read! That's all you need to know.
imouse1 More than 1 year ago
I'm not gonna lie. The first time I read this book (well, this series) was to make my dad happy. He kept going on and on and on about it with all of the references. So a couple of years before the movie came out, I read it. Boy, was I missing out not having read it earlier! This is a great British humor book. It's got just enough details for the cerebral and enough ridiculousness to make you chuckle. Almost ALL of it is younger-viewer-friendly humor and that's probably half of the fun of it. For as serious as some of the topics are, they're never treated with half of the intensity as a typical person would have over receiving the wrong order at a fast food restaurant. It's all light. It's all random. It's completely hinged to the unreal while simultaneously tacked to reality. There are, as with all books, some parts you could have lived without. I will say, though, that with all books in the series that the parts I cared to live without were never the same as the ones as others did. "Oh, you really didn't like that? I loved it! I didn't like ____." That's almost always the conversation you're going to have about the downsides. You'll also be surprised how much more you'll love the series after you start talking about it with someone else. Seriously, though, at least give the first book a shot. You'll know in the first chapter if you hate it. My reaction to novelty isn't the best but this was just novel enough while tempered enough to make an odd sort of sense while providing an odd sort of adventure.
ManuelC More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder why man is on earth? Is there life beyond this Earth? What is so important about the number 42? These questions highlight Douglas Adams', Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which is the fun and riveting tale of Arthur Dent, an average human life form from the average United Kingdom of the average planet Earth. A simple man with simple needs, Arthur has never marked his life with anything extraordinary until the day the city decided to tear down his house for the construction of a new bypass. On this same day, Ford Prefect pays Arthur a visit. Here begins Arthur's great adventure across the universe and back, literally. Adams' takes the age old question, "Why are we here?" And presents his answer in the form of a thrilling adventure through the stars. The first installment of this quest is the critically acclaimed novel, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. His witty dialogue and good old British dry humor make the novel a classic. He brilliantly blends seriousness with complete silliness, a ploy that so rarely works in modern literature. Adams creates a bizarre and crazy story, and then makes it crazier and more nutty than imaginable. His aliens come from the deep recesses of his imagination, and even they do not believe its craziness. It seems that this out of control book is not appealing, but there is an endearing quality about it. Its acceptance of craziness is almost too lovable to deny, and for this reason, this nutty space adventure is a must read for men, woman, aliens, and robots of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is - bar none - my favorite series of books. If you have a "Monty Python" sense of humor, throw in a ton of space travel and aliens and you have the phenomenal classic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No need to say more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 11 and its a little hard to understand at parts, other than that..... its a freakishly awesome book! Really funny if you understand that kind of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all sci-fi fans. (Slartibartfast and Zaphod Beeblebrox FTW!) Also, don't waste money getting each book seperately. Get this one instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, so very fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is entertaining and isn't one of your typical books. I like how in this book that many events are ridiculous and impossible to take place, even if aliens and advance space travel do exists. One event i sincerely disliked in this novel is the act of the characters in which they neglected and ignored the discovery of the question to the answer of 42. I would like to find out the question, which will definitely make this a 5 star book in my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H2G2-A fantastic an explosive opening sends a lover of tea, a hitchhiking reporter, a president of the galaxy, a girl, and a maniacally depressed robot from the smoking remains of the Earth on a quest for the meaning of life. Hiijinks ensue. Restaurant-Desperate to not meet the ruler of the universe, Zaphod drags the gang to the end of the universe... To find a bite to eat. Also, Arthur almost dooms them all to destruction to get a cup of tea LUE-The gang is now sent to stop a perfectly pleasant alien race that as one small problem - they don't like the idea of a Universe. So, logically, these aliens want to get rid of it. SoLong-The Earth pops back into existence and Arthur gets a girlfriend. Something must be wrong with th Universe... Let's make fun of humanity! MostlyHarmless-The Guide is taken over. The Earth is about to go boom once more. Arthur has a daughter. Can he save the day one last time, or will he sit and watch the apocalypse unfold? Let's find out. How can you nit love this trilogy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole series. I then purchased the ultimate guide and have read it atleast a dozen times. Whenever I want a good laugh or even something to contemplate this is the first book I pick up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nuce read. Every other sentence blows my mind. Just an amazing series.
John Mion More than 1 year ago
The subject says it all. This is a satirical look at the British body politic and how absurd we all are.
Ryan Fraser More than 1 year ago
An excellently written book, this will knock you socks off most probably. Probably the most improbably good book in existence, it deserves Two Thumbs Up! Don't Panic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know of anyone else who could have God admit he can't exist, create a ship powered by an Italian Bistro, or have awards given for 'Most Creative Fjord,' and make it sound so plausible. Have a casual meal watching the end of the universe, or maybe have your own planet made. A book that is destined to be a comic classic, so get your hands on the trusty(or maybe not so) 'Guide,' a towel, and enjoy a wonderful ride.
ejp1082 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DON'T PANIC.No more needs to be said.
lizzybeans11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On of my favourite modern British-lit series. Adams is truly a genius in the humour/sci/fi genre. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is itself a classic book and its sequels make a marvellous series.
Andrometa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost every guy I ever met who was interested in reading told me, "You have to read this book!!!" I kept putting it off and putting it off, until finally I gave in and I was glad I did. It's absolutely halarious, well written and just filled with so many hidden truths about life, love and the meaning of the universe. It's worth the time to read.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Containing all five original Hitchhiker novels as well as the short story "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe," UHG offers a single volume for reading this defining series.Beginning shortly before the Earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic freeway, we meet Arthur Dent, the last living human to be on Earth since its destruction; his good friend Ford Prefect, an eccentric alien; Ford's relative and president of the galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox; the only other human, Tricia "Trillian" McMillan; and a paranoid android, Marvin. This party journeys to the beginning of worlds (Magrathea, the planet factory), the end of the universe (and the restaurant there), the beginning of time, a brand new Earth, and even to God's last message to the universe.The major plot driving element is finding the question to the answer of life, the universe, and everything. The answer being 42.If you enjoy science fiction, and would like to add a little humor to your life, I highly recommend this series, and especially recommend it in a single, easy to carry around volume. "Don't Panic" decals sold separately.