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Life, the Universe, and Everything (1982)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (3)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!

Wild satire . . . The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes.Chicago Tribune


The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their headsso they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galaxy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert universal Armageddon and save life as we know itand dont know it!

Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading.Arizona Daily Star.
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    Year Zero by Rob Reid (Aula)
    Aula: Nick Carter (not the Backstreet Boy) is a copyright lawyer who's visited by aliens who claim that the earth is in danger of being destroyed due to the universal (literally) popularity of its music. Similar humor to Adams' novels, well-plotted, and well-written.
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I hate to admit this but this series is just not that great. The first book is brilliant, the second is entertain, and well, I have to wonder if Adams was running out of steam when he wrote this. He is working with uninspired ideas and his inability to write characters as anything but vehicles for punchlines and guttural confusions is trying to say the least.
There's just not much of a point of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy being a series other than each entry is a weaker form of satire than the last.

Oh, well. At least Martin Freeman's narration made this somewhat enjoyable. I'd say just read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and stop there. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Delightful use of grammar and wordplay. Less plot than the first two books, and doesn’t quite make it to 4 star. ( )
  LibraryJamesMac | Nov 30, 2023 |
it was good, but not as good as the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Of course, Martin Freeman is still brilliant.
I am definitely going to listen to the others in the series, but I decided to take a break first.. ( )
  avanders | Nov 28, 2023 |
I'm starting to think Martin Freeman is running out of voices... Still very enjoyable of course. This book was actually better than I remembered. ( )
  bramboomen | Oct 18, 2023 |
2.5*

This 3rd book of the Hitchhiker's Guide series fell mostly flat for me. Oh well... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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Adams delights in cosmic pratfalls, and if he sometimes loses track of his narrative, he more than makes up for it by confirming what many have suspected all along: "He learned to communicate with birds and discovered that their conversation was fantastically boring. It was all to do with wind speed, wingspans, power-to-weight ratios and a fair bit about berries."
added by Shortride | editTime, Peter Stoler (Nov 15, 1982)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, DouglasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Canter, JonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scutt, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!

Wild satire . . . The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes.Chicago Tribune


The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their headsso they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galaxy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert universal Armageddon and save life as we know itand dont know it!

Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading.Arizona Daily Star.

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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!
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Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
Γυρίστε το γαλαξία με ωτοστόπ III : Η ζωή, το σύμπαν και τα πάντα / Douglas Adams · μετάφραση Δημήτρης Αρβανίτης. - 1η έκδ. - Αθήνα : Ars Longa, 1989. - 180σ. · 21.8x11.8εκ. - (Γυρίστε τον Γαλαξία με Ωτοστόπ · 3)
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Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: Life, the Universe and Everything, 1982
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