The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

  • Release Date: 1989-09-02
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 503 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Seconds before 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 began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!

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


  • An old favorite

    By Cleo cat
    My parents shared this book with me as a teen. I love the crazy characters and their wild adventures! So much better than the new movie!

    By Fuzzy_Hotdog
    Stop!!! I almost dropped my croissant!!!
  • Favorite

    By JenDavenport
    Literally, my favorite books of all time!
  • Boring

    By Doodles4223
    Book was very slow characters are not super fun too much made up stuff
  • 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