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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | Douglas Adams
"IRRESISTIBLE!"--The Boston GlobeSeconds 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!"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy".--Publishers Weekly
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Zoes_Human
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A forever favorite as read by the author. I found the Guide around age 11, and not only has it shaped my world view but has to continued to provide comfort and joy through the hardest of times.

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bcncookbookclub
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Recently traduced for the catalan,
this great sfy story that almost happens at the weekend and specially from where 42 effect started.

#catalanreading

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JoyBlue
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The middle-aged me is still every bit as delighted by this science fiction comedy as the teen me was shortly after its publication. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy

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heelsnglitter
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Finished "Hitchhiker's Guide" and it seemed like a good time for this short story.

#deweys24hourreadathon #deweysreadathon

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heelsnglitter
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#deweysreadathon Hours 1-3. I've been laying in bed, burrowed under the covers, listening to Stephen Fry's brilliant narration. It's a fun book to start with, but he just takes it to a whole other level.

#deweys24hourreadathon

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DinoMom
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Thank you @Roary47 and @Littlewolf1 for #roaringwolf September Sci-Fi month. This is the second book now that I finally got around to reading because of your challenge! Again like book 1984 this one has been on my shelf to read for many many years and just never have read it until now! This is for Warpspeed prompt.

Why did I take so long to read this book 📖 🤷🏻‍♀️

Roary47 I‘m so glad you had fun and enjoyed the challenge! 💛 2mo
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GondorGirl
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My Barnes and Noble recipe has the most perfectly nerdy total! I couldn't have managed this if I tried.

Aims42 🤯😆 Love this!! 2mo
Bookwomble It's a sign from Douglas Adams! 😄 2mo
Moonprismpower Oh man I just finished the Dirk Gently series. Only two seasons!!!! You seen it? 2mo
GondorGirl @Moonprismpower I haven't. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of that type of dry British humor, but Douglas Adams is my partner's very favorite author ever and he enjoyed the show. 2mo
Moonprismpower I didn‘t think I‘d enjoy it. My bf introduced me to it. But I turned out to really like it. But I get you. 2mo
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persephone1408
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#falltreasures @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Day 14: published the year I was born
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy...which makes this book 42!😋

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚🙌🏻📚🖤 3mo
Eggs 💚✨ 🖤 3mo
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RamsFan1963
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What can I say about this that hasn't been said many times before? If you've read it, you know what magic it contains, if you haven't, what are you waiting on? Wonderfully droll and witty, I read this the first time at 17, and now 41 years later (ugh), it remains as delightfully fun as the first time.
5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
1st book finished for #AnyWayYouReadathon @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl
and #SuperSeptember readathon @Andrew65 @EadieB

wanderinglynn 🖤🖤🖤👍🏻🚀🪐 3mo
EadieB @RamsFan1963 Glad you enjoyed it! When I read it, I didn‘t understand all the jokes and language since it was British humor. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as you did! Dumb Yankee that I am! Oh well! Good day 1 reading! (edited) 3mo
Eggbeater Nice job! I have been wanting to read this for ages! 3mo
Pedrocamacho Are you going to read the sequels? 3mo
RamsFan1963 @Pedrocamacho Yes. I'm on the second one now, I have book 3 and 4 too. 3mo
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RamsFan1963
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unrewarded yellow sun.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Lucy_Anywhere One of my faves! The BBC did an adaptation of this in the 80s and it‘s as fantastically retro as you‘d expect it to be 3mo
The_Penniless_Author This is one of those first lines that makes me want to reread the entire book. 3mo
Zoes_Human I have obsessively read this series and listened to the radioshows and read the scripts for the shows and watched the TV series and even the movie for years. I even have 42 Anniversary editions of the books that I had to have imported from the UK. 3mo
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DPgirl
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Can't believe I've finally finished it!!

GondorGirl This is so beautiful! 3mo
DPgirl @GondorGirl thank you 😊 3mo
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Blueberry
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Trashcanman "if the rules you followed brought you to this, what use were the rules?" C.M 3mo
charl08 Genius. 3mo
wanderinglynn Love Adams! 3mo
wanderinglynn @Trashcanman so true 👍🏻 3mo
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Sara_Planz
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New mask since Nevada effed it up and we are wearing masks again. Kicking it Douglas Adams style.

julesG 😍😁 4mo
DGRachel I think we‘re all going to end up under mask mandates again. 🙄 4mo
Bookboss I have that mask! The school I taught at was face-to-face last year, and I wore it on test days! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen Love your mask . Extremely sad that in most places not enough people vaxxed up ! 💉 4mo
CarolynM Love it😂 4mo
Trashcanman 🤗 3mo
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cdreincarnate
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After taking years to finally get around to reading this book, it‘s only OK, especially when you already know most of the jokes.

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bthegood
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I enjoyed tagged book (Hitchhikers Guide) - 4/5 stars - it was reminiscent of Monty Python type humor/observations which I love, one star off due to the joke/satire/observations going on too long - started to watch the movie - but had to give that a hard pass -
Met my #20in4 goals ( @Andrew65) and met my June goals for #BFC21 ( @wanderinglynn)

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 Awesome! 5mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂😍 5mo
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bthegood
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Looking forward to finishing June by reaching #BFC21 goals - @wanderinglynn
Will work on finishing two books for #20in4 @Andrew65
Make a great day everyone.

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 great goals! And HHGTTG is one of my fave books. 👍🏻 6mo
bthegood @wanderinglynn thx and first time reading HHGTTG - loving it 😊 5mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 5mo
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Twainy
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🎧 I finished the Stephen Fry version early this morning and decided I still love it!! Arthur Dent & Ford Prefect are my kinda funny!! I bought the B&N exclusive hardcover awhile ago for my shelf & I love Stephen Fry‘s narration. The beginning when Dent is told the plans were on file for a month was my first laugh when the Earth was told those plans had been on file also. Quirky, funny, 42. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

peanutnine I love this book. I would love to reread it soon, maybe I'll try the audiobook this time 🙂 6mo
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Nebklvr
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Irreverent, fun and completely crazy. The audio by Stephen Fry is pure joy!

SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I'm usually not an audiobook person, but Fry is a perfect choice to narrate this! I may keep it in mind for my next long road trip. 6mo
Nebklvr @SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I am not usually a scifi person but this was wonderful! Enjoy! 6mo
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bthegood
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Thx for the tag @TheSpineView I tag @TheNeverendingTBR
#thinkpositivebepositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Happy Father's day to all Litsy dads!

TheSpineView You're welcome! 😘 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 6mo
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NikkiM5
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

So excited for this 😬 #firstlinefridays

peanutnine Such a great book! 6mo
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maraguitarra
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Last-Minute-Readathon is off to a start with finishing this gem of a book! These are mine and my younger sister Abby‘s TBR stacks for this readathon. Douglas Adams writes the most brilliant nonsense I‘ve ever read in my entire life!

CarolynM ❤️ 6mo
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Cazxxx
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The narrators voice really irritated me on this audiobook so maybe why I didn‘t really enjoy it. I found parts of it quite funny but overall I just wasn‘t really into it and it‘s not my type of thing

5feet.of.fury I personally love that book!but a bad narrator can ruin an audiobook, that‘s for sure. 6mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Happy #TowelDay!

Ruthiella Back atcha! 😀 Love this series. 6mo
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DeeLew
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Happy Towel Day!

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Jovy
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Tackling my #MountTBR2021 goals and I can FINALLY say I get the “so long, and thanks for all the fish” references I hear from folks. This was hilarious and witty and Stephen Fry‘s narration knocked it out of the park! 🛸🛸🛸🛸

CarolynM 😂 7mo
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julesG
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Well, you asked for it @Oryx.

The kids wanted to know why I was chuckling, I showed them. Trust that my 11 y/o pointed out that this man isn't just wearing a "bacon scarf", he's also holding a "penis flower". ???

Fun for all ages.

GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 oh my god I love your 11 yo. 7mo
Oryx Thanks for sharing that particular gem of a picture 😂 7mo
catsuit_mango That's the new edition illustrated by Chris Riddell? We already have at least 5 editions (not counting the BBC show on vinyl) but I think I want that one too ;) 7mo
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julesG @catsuit_mango Yes, that's the new edition. Highly recommend it. And, I think it's my fourth edition of the 'trilogy'. 7mo
catsuit_mango @julesG so nice... We have never where illustrated by him... OK i might justify it as a gift to my partner ;) 7mo
julesG @catsuit_mango Neverwhere is also very good 7mo
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Whalien99
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4 stars

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rwmg
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I last read this in pre-LT days, so somewhere between 15 and 20 years ago. Even though much of it has become cultural touchstones, it still seems fresh and tremendously imaginative in both its SF and its humour. It deserves all the stars.

MayJasper I am very fond of this book. It gives you a whole new respect for towels. 8mo
CarolynM ❤️ 8mo
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rwmg
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small un-regarded yellow sun.

Ruthiella Is this your first time reading this book? 8mo
rwmg @Ruthiella 3rd I think. It's been a while so I decided to re-read it because there are so many references to it in 8mo
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bookishbitch
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Today is Douglas Adam's birthday, one of my favorite authors. And for other fans who might not know, Eoin Colfer wrote a 6th book for the series called And Another Thing... I thought it was pretty good. Douglas also wrote for Dr. Who and you can find some of the stories in book form. I've re-read this series and probably will again.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I didn‘t love this the first time around, but recently saw it in an Audible sale, and the amazing Stephen Fry narrates, so it was time to try again! Fry really brings these oddball characters to life. The whole thing is so absurd and fun. What‘s the point of any of it? Idk. Maybe that in itself *is* the point? #dontpanic

So grateful for this reread! I understand the massive love now.

Aswenson There are several parts of this that I LOL‘d. Totally random stuff, but very clever and fun. 10mo
Cinfhen Stephen Fry is a definite plus 🙌🏻💚not sure this one is for me, though! I get serious Dunce vibes 😜😜😜( not a good sign) 10mo
britt_brooke @Aswenson So many funny one-liners! 10mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Trust me, it‘s definitely nothing like Dunces ... but probably still not up your alley. 😝 10mo
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TheEllieMo
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Very very late to the #ThoughtprovokingThursday party!! I‘ve always loved this line. My second favourite quote is from the same book: “‘This must be Thursday,' said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. 'I never could get the hang of Thursdays.‘”

@BayouGirl85

BayouGirl85 Great one!! 10mo
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dariazeoli
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I‘m forty-two today. I guess this is the year that I figure out life, the universe, and everything!

(I would settle for some calm. I don‘t even need the infinite majesty.)

Lovesbooks87 Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day! 🎂🎈🎉🎂🎈🎉 11mo
Lcsmcat Happy birthday!🎈🎂🎁🎉 11mo
BookishBelle Happy birthday!! 🥳🎉 11mo
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Soubhiville Happy Birthday Daria! 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly Happy birthday!!! 🎉❤️ 11mo
ElleSkel Happy Birthday!🎁🎈🎂 11mo
The_Penniless_Author Happy birthday! My 42nd will be toward the end of this year, and I've had Hitchhiker's Guide on my mind too! 🤣 11mo
mcipher Happy Birthday! Here‘s to this being a year worthy of that age! 😆 11mo
Laughterhp Happy birthday 🥳 11mo
Jerdencon Happy Birthday 🎉🎊 11mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈🥳 11mo
Susanita Woo hoo! Happy birthday!🎉🎁🎈 11mo
CaitZ Happy Birthday!!🎉📚🎉🥳🎈 11mo
xicanti Happy birthday! 11mo
cozypunk Happy birthday!! And thanks for all the fish. 🐬 11mo
Megabooks Happy birthday!!! 🎉🥳📚 11mo
Mavey Happy Birthday!🥳 11mo
Read4life Happy birthday, Daria! 🥳🎁💙 11mo
CBee Happy birthday, @Daria ♥️ You‘re catching up with me 😂 11mo
readordierachel Happy birthday! 🎉 11mo
dariazeoli Thank you, friends! 😊 11mo
Amandajoy Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉📚🥳 (On a weird note, I just put in a to-go order and my number is 42 👽) 11mo
DaveGreen7777 Happy Birthday, Daria! 🥳🎉🎁🎈🎂 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎉Happy Birthday!🎉 11mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday! Here‘s to the year you have the answer to everything 🎉😘🙌🎈🥳🎁 11mo
sprainedbrain Happy birthday! 🥳 11mo
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RosaS
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Mehso-so

I did some #audioknitting while finishing this one! I liked the beginning of the book and it had some funny bits but overall it wasn‘t really my cup of tea. #translatedbooks

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aperfectmjk
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I finally read this! I'm so angry in myself for not having read it sooner. This is exactly the type of sci-fi I enjoy. All these years 42 has been my favorite number and to think it's the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything"!

#mustreadsof2021 #bookspinbingo - Library Loan #6 #JumpStart2021 - 1st in a series #LitsyAtoZ2021 (H) @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick @Lizpixie @BookishMarginalia

Clwojick So glad you enjoyed it! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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TamTracy
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I‘m not a fan of sci-fi in general but have always heard so much about this book so I gave it a try. I‘m so happy I gave it a chance. It made me laugh and made me think. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarkingMadRun I loved this, I‘ve also read the sequel. So funny and crazy! 11mo
AkashaVampie I bought my 14 yr old the whole set of this for xmas. Not a big reader but wanted to actually read them. 11mo
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rather_be_reading
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Pleasantly and unexpectantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this fun, quirky book! I didnt know if started as a radio show either.

Godpants A true classic! 11mo
flamingolucifer I love this book ❤️ 11mo
flamingolucifer And the sequels 🌻 11mo
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monkeygirlsmama One of my all time favorites! 11mo
Biohaz74 Great enjoyable read 11mo
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Book 236 of 2020

Singout Good one! Our house internet codes are from that book. 12mo
rather_be_reading @Singout haha that is funny! 11mo
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short_soprano
Mehso-so

honestly, the ending was frustrating - I want to know what happens, but not enough to read the whole series.

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bookishbitch
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Current book in progress. I'm doing this as a review because it is an amazing book and series. I rarely re-read anything but this series is a huge favorite of mine. Even the last one by Eoin Colfer. British humor is the best. Maybe I just love sarcastic wit. And I'm old enough that my brain sees Arthur Dent as Dudley Moore. (Nothing against Martin Freeman. And I did like Mos Def as Ford Prefect in the most recent movie version.) #ihavemytowel

Messiejessie And I see that it‘s read by Stephen Fry! 💗 12mo
TheNeverendingTBR I've always wanted to read this one! 😌 12mo
bookishbitch @Messiejessie He is a delight. 12mo
bookishbitch @TheNeverendingTBR There's still time! 12mo
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“You know,” said Arthur, “it‘s at times like this, when I‘m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I‘d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don‘t know, I didn‘t listen.”

TheEllieMo My favourite quote! 12mo
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DollyDeez
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This is just speculation, but I have an inkling as to why Litfluence starts at 42...

DollyDeez Or maybe this was apparent to most people and I'm just slow on the draw, haha 13mo
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bhargav
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It throughs you into the possibilities of universe and you start to imagine lot of things, like the planet with two suns, and humor is great, must read book for every earthman/woman😉out there!!!

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RamsFan1963
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description or reason for wanting to read the book. Some are old and some will be new. Don't judge me - I have a lot of books.
Day 144

This is a bit of a cheat, it's a book a plan to re-read.
#tbrmountain #bookbuyingdiet

Buechersuechtling I am _very_relieved_. When I began reading your post, which of course means, that I saw the picture first, my heart sank to my boots. 😉 – But none of that you say it, it‘s a really good idea, to re-read the whole series even though, honestly, the last 2 books of the 5 come in (a little bit) weak for me. 13mo
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vand.ezra
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If you like books that can give you some laughs but can carry an interesting plot and conflict throughout the story this book is just for you. Besides the fact I haven't actually finished the book I've made it just about over a quarter of the book through. So far earth has been destroyed and the supposedly last survivor from earth is picked up by a human like alien that they end up by hitchhiking onto a travelling Vogon constructor fleet. From

vand.ezra there on they go on to meet another human also picked up from earths destruction. The theme of this novel what its like to basically restart a brand new life in a whole new place you don't know with a bunch of people you don't know and what that's like. This is because his home world earth is destroyed and he has to survive in space which is somewhere he has never known with people he doesn't know with no family or friends from earth. 13mo
MissYaremcio Well done Ezra! I am so glad you are enjoying the book! This time the post was on POV so 4/6! 13mo
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jenniferajanes
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Stephen Fry was an excellent narrator. I read this book to complete a reading challenge but didn‘t expect to enjoy it. It is SO much fun! @Andrew65 #audiobook #libby

Andrew65 That‘s great, and a perfect choice for an audiobook. 👏👏👏 13mo
jenniferajanes @Andrew65 Absolutely! Thanks for the encouragement on the front end. 📚 🎧 13mo
Danielthewriter The perfect book to read during election madness. 😂👍 13mo
jenniferajanes @Danielthewriter True! 🤪😆 13mo
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Minervasbutler
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First installment of the intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, Marvin the Paranoid Android and the rest. Still marvellously funny.

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jenniferajanes
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Our public library finally has Overdrive/Libby! This is the first book I‘ve checked out. It will finish up the 2020 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge for me! I can see why so many of you like Libby! #audiobook #libby #modernmrsdarcy

Andrew65 Great first choice and Stephen Fry is a great narrator. 14mo
jenniferajanes @Andrew65 I‘m excited! This is my book published in the decade you were born selection. 😉 14mo
TheRiehlDeal That's awesome your library is on board! I like Libby a lot more than OverDrive. For me, it's so buggy on my Android phone. But I've been using on my laptop, and it works a lot better. 14mo
jenniferajanes @TheRiehlDeal I‘m glad you‘ve found a way to make it work for you! Libby seems to be doing fine on my iPhone, so I‘ll probably stick with that. No need to fix what‘s not broken! 14mo
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ctelford
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - utterly bonkers, however it does keep you intrigued as to how Arthur Dent will manage to get a decent cuppa! Will at some point read the next book but feel I need to read a couple more “normal” books first.

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