So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish : Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • by Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by Martin Freeman
  • Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, 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, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.
God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?

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What the Critics Say

"The looniest of the lot." (Time)
"A madcap adventure...Adams' writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy." (United Press International)
"The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings...Adams is irresistible." (The Boston Globe)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Missing Adams' classic narration, but still great.

I grew up with the audiocassettes of the entire Hitchhiker's series, and loved Doug Adams narration. The story on this one is still one of my favorites of the series, but i do kind of miss the voice delivering the lines that i somehow still know by heart.
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- Alison

Couldn't wait for it to be over.

Arthur meets a girl. Arthur loses track of a girl. Arthur tries to find girl. Arthur stumbles onto to girl. They run off together.

That's literally it. I'm not summarizing (well...), there is literally not meat on that bone at all. There are a couple of scenes which I thought were fantastic, but it honestly felt like everything around it was written and pushed out just so Douglas Adams had a place to release those two jokes.

Fans of the series should stop at Life, the Universe, and Everything. People that just want to dip their toes, should stop at the first Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Martin Freeman as always is great!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio