The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

  • Release Date: 1989-09-02
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 443 Ratings
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“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”Publishers Weekly

“Irresistable!”The Boston Globe


  • This is one of my favorite books

    By Iytdtuiftufo
    My friend recommended this to me and I absolutely loved it. Now I'm only 11, but I just couldn't put it down. The jokes were hilarious, the storytelling was great, and it was perfectly paced. Would definitely read the entire series.
  • 42 Stars

    By CritiquingApps
    My favorite kind of humor... dry, clever, and intelligent. It’s sarcastic, it’s ironic... and the references, oh my. Towels and the number 42... whenever I see this number, I make a joke. If you haven’t read it, you MUST. It’s hilarious.
  • Perfect

    By DucklingMcPotatoFace
  • Great!

    By < SuperJosh64 >
    This is a fun and adventurous book with lots to enjoy! It's a book full of whitty humor and a ridiculous story. The ending is very abrupt, but it leads well into the next book. This is a story by a guy who really knows where his towel is. I definitely recommend reading this book, even if some of the jokes wouldn't be understood by a younger audience.
  • Dank

    By Butt hole magic
    Dis bok wuz kool and sweg
  • Great book

    By Sirbossman
  • A terrific book

    By Magnús Þór
    This is definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time.
  • The most amazing and comical book I've read

    By Kristen ETHRIDGE
    I'm currently just starting the life, universe, and everything book (third book) and this series is great in every book so far.
  • Love it

    By 100110011110
  • Imaginative and Fun

    By Boomson21
    Douglas Adams was a brilliant writer. Hitchiker's Guide is short, sweet, and hard to beat. It's extremely funny (in that dry, British sort of way) and yet still manages to be a fun little sci-fi adventure. Adam's imaginative use of the ubsurd makes this book surprising and enjoyable. For those looking for a good entry into science fiction, this book is a good one to start with, since it is short, fun, and interesting.