The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Douglas Adams

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Your planet has just been destroyed and you’re lost in the space-time continuum, but—Don’t Panic! Just thumb your way to the end of the universe for a nice cuppa tea with the help of The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, your Baedeker for intergalactic zaniness. Featuring all five novels in Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker’s series—The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; Mostly Harmless—and the bonus short story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe,” this omnibus provides you with the perfect itinerary for sightseeing across the universe, from the beginning to the end of time. Along the way you’ll meet paranoid robots, avert Armageddon (more than once!), and learn the answer to the ultimate question concerning life, the universe, and everything—even though you’ll never learn what the question is. So strap in, get ready for lift-off, and prepare yourself for comedy on a cosmic scale.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectable, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307291813
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2010
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 832
Sales rank: 4,169
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—which yielded the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything¿42. Hitchhiker's Guide originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books. Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in addition to three stories for the TV show Doctor Who.

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 185 reviews.
Lorma More than 1 year ago
It' a great looking book to add to your collection. Maybe not has sturdy as the original version from Megadodo publications. But a lot cheaper, since you don't have to pay a shipping fee from Ursa minor beta. Yes, there's a sticker for the green planet and maybe the leather is not made of the highest grade. But it's still well made and fun to carry around. It's quite a conversation piece, because of it DON'T PANIC written in large friendly letters at the back of the cover. The sizes of the fonts are just right, so you can read in low lighting areas, in a car, in the subway or on a towel. I recommend this book to any semi- sentient life form. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book today. Not to read, but to covet. I have read this book, at least a dozen times and I fully intend to read it a dozen more. This is by far, one of my absolute favorite books in the world. Douglas Adams has written a book that has become a cult classic. But now, I will divulge something so many (except the exceptionally astute) miss. I own two copies, the Bonded Leather Bound edition here and a regular compendium novel. As well as the post-mortum Autobiography. I have also read 3 Library editions of the same book as well as I have watched the BBC TV show (I own the dvd's) and the movie (I also own) and there is one fundamental truth about D. Adams. Each time HHG is told, it changes slightly, this has become a joke to me at least, each time I read/watch this, my personal aim is to find the discrepancies. It's like a game, find the mistakes, not to tarnish such a great work, but to note that each time it's told, it only gets better and better. Most Excelant, all around. Just remember, read it all, then read it again and again, the more you read it, the more you will enjoy it and understand the twisted humor of a great author.
Treasure_Reader More than 1 year ago
Rarely do you see these classic pieces of literature rendered with such sophisticated elegance and beauty, faithfully honoring and respecting the equally unique, creative literary material loved by generations of readers. I have been enjoying them all, and eagerly look forward to each new addition to the series. Hopefully, the publisher (who appears to be unreachable) will keep releasing more of these fine collected works, including such classic writers as Baum, Milne, Kipling, Twain, London, Melville, Hemingway, Stoker, Shelley, as well as other poets like Virgil, Longfellow, Keats, Eliot, Hawthorne, and Blake. Time will tell, but hope is alive. Get on board with these fantastic masterpieces of literature, and be swept away in worlds of imagination!
dragon_5635 More than 1 year ago
This. Series. Is. Amazing. It's riveting. And awesome. I absolutely loved it. And after you read it you appreciate all of the references on the cover. I would suggest test reading one of the books or part of one book before buying but just because there are five books so it's important to know you'll like at least one :). This also means that this is a great value because it's only four dollars for any one of the books. As for the sticker on the cover, many of the leatherbounds are accented with stickers. It shouldn't come off at all, because they want it to stay together in stores. If this happens to you, there is either a quality anomaly or a care issue. But if you haven't dropped it in water or anything it's a quality issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, never has british humor ever gone to such heights as this. The storyline is incredibly intriguing, with all sorts of dry humor, stupidly funny overtones, and a serious underlying message, though I've yet to see anyone (myself included) figure out what that message is. If you like british humor, buy it. If not, buy it. If you want a fancy looking book to put on the mantle, buy it. All in all, this book must be purchased by everyone, and even the illiterate should be graced by the story contained within. Buy the book, or Vogons will kill you with bad Poetry.
hooloovoo More than 1 year ago
This is a great price for a leather bound book and the binding itself is good quality however this book must only have been intended to sit on a shelf and look pretty and not actually be read. The green guy on the front is just a sticker...your run of the mill kid's sticker. Within an hour of having this book one of his fingers has already started to peel off. This was very disappointing. It was still a good deal since it was only five dollars more that the paperback but if you are going to bother to bind it in leather then please do not be cheap and put a sticker on the cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great and looks great. However, when I received this book in the mail, there was a sticker in the lower right hand corner of the front side. Unfortunately, pulling the sticker off removes some of the gold finish on the book. I received another Leatherbound Classic that was encased in plastic (with the sticker on the plastic) and thus, did not have this problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING/great value and story. Great buy for people looking for humor and a good time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the coolest book ever. I am on the fifth and final book of this series. Whatever you do, don't drop it and have the corner of the humongous spine hit the floor. Anyways, the golden edged pages are awesome too. If you have the money, buy this now. If you do not, do not spend money on anything until you can buy it. Then become a hermit until you finish all 5 and the short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself, as in the actual text, is wonderful and worth everyone reading it. HOWEVER. I've had this book since January and recently the green paint on the cover, especially the don't panic part on the back, rubs off on my fingers while I read. Even the gentlest of pressing leaves a mark. I don't want the book to look like it's fading and i definitly don't want subtle green paint on the pages from my fingers. Why does the green paint specifically do this? None of the other colors do this. My Lovecraft book from B&N doesn't have this issue. Why does this happen and is it universal for all copies?
BookJumper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're already a Hitchhiker's fan looking for a complete set, look no further; if youve never read them before (just what are you waiting for, the Earth to be demolished?!), look no further either.This edition of this work of staggering genius is an absolute stunner: thick, sturdy black leather cover with gold embossed title and artwork, gilt edges, golden ribbon bookmark, illustrated before each separate section. The pages are thin enough to make it the size of an average new release hardback, yet they are not so thin that they'll break upon turning. You can see the writing through the pages but with paper and ink being both of good quality this doesn't detract from the luxurious look of the book.If your copies of Hitchhiker's have suffered a trip around the galaxy too many or if you've never been on a trip around the galaxy and think it's about time you did, buy this.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The "Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide" contains five books and one short stories. This review is of the five books.HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXYArthur Dent is having a really bad day. He wakes up to bulldozers poised to tear down his home so the local council can build a new by-pass. His friend, Ford Prefect tells Arthur that the Earth is about to be destroyed to build a new galactic expressway. It turns out that Ford is an alien who writes for a guidebook called "The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy." Arthur and Ford hitch a ride with one of the Vogon ships that disintegrates the Earth. This starts a journey across the galaxy full of strange alien's, improbable circumstances, and lots of fun.Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a classic of humor and science fiction. Douglas Adams was inspired to write this story by the "Hitchhiker's Guide to Europe" he used when traveling. The first version of the story was produced by BBC radio. It became so popular it sponed a BBC television mini series, this novel and four sequels, and a Hollywood movie. THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSEZaphod Beeblebrox, a hip two headed three armed egomaniac, wants to meet the man who is in charge of the universe, because he is really making a cock-up of it. Before he and his band of space vagabonds go see the great man they stop off to get something to eat at The Restaurant at the End of The Universe. This eatery has the greatest floor show ever, the end of the universe. Then they accidently become involved in the rock band Disaster Area's stage show by stealing the stunt star ship that is scheduled to crash into a sun at the end of the bands show. Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect escape on another space ship that is an ark sent from a planet that wanted to get ride of their telephone sanitizers and hairdressers. I enjoyed this novel more than "Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy," although it has a slow start. Maybe slow isn't the word. The opening of the story belongs to Zaphod and the morbidly depressed robot Marvin. They are not my favorite characters and this section doesn't gel with the second half of the book. From the time all the characters get to the restaurant until the end with my favorite characters, Arthur and Ford, stranded on a planet, this book is non-stop hilarity. LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHINGSlartibartfast, a planet designer with an obsession with fjords, engages Arthur and Ford to help him save the universe from the people of the planet Krikkitt. They must stop the Krikkitt androids from reforming the Wikkit key that will release the people of Krikkit from their slo-time prison. This is the first Hitchhiker's novel with a real plot. This book wasn't based on the radio play or the BBC miniseries. It's the first one that Adams wrote that was completely original. Unfortunately, it seems like Adams tacked on an ending that would relate to the title. The character of Arthur Dent is more developed in this volume which I liked since he is my favorite. I also liked the references to cricket, because it makes the story so British. SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISHArthur discovers the Earth is back and only he, a girl named Fenchurch, and a man named Wonky the Sane remember that it exploded. This novel takes place on Earth with a few passages about Ford travelling to Earth after he discovers his full review of Earth is showing up in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Zaphod and Trillian are only mentioned once in the story. Marvin only makes an appearance at the end.This was kind of a dull entry in the series. There is a poor truck driver who doesn't realize he is a rain god eventhough it is constantly raining on him and Arthur flies again, but that's about all that's quirky and fun. Arthur falls in love and that is done very sweetly. Other than that, it was boring compared to the other books.MOSTLY HARMLESSTrisha McMillian is a tv reporter who missed out on traveling the galaxy because she went back to get
Girthii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest series ever written.
ACGalaga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Actually, I've only read the first 4 books. Need to go back through this one again.
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The universe is a joke, but only some of us are in on it.Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17, I knew this to be true. And yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always felt, to me, to be a common partner in that journey.Between the search for truth, and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you lie there with him. He's a tall guy, but he'll make room.For all his crazed unpredictability, Adams is a powerful rationalist. His humor comes from his attempts to really think through all the things we take for granted. All it takes is a moment's questioning to burst the seam of our preconceptions, yet we all, every day, treat the most ludicrous things as if they are perfectly natural.It is no surprise that famed atheist Richard Dawkins found a friend and ally in Adams. What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams' jokes. He is much more personable than Dawkins was, and hence a better face for rational materialism, or atheism.We can all see pretty quickly that Dawkins is tired of arguing with uninformed idiots who can't recognize when he's made a point. Adams' humanism, however, stretched much further.We see it from his protagonists, who are not elitist intellectuals, they're not even that bright, but damn it, they're trying. By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly question it, Adams is subtly hinting that this is how the real universe works.It's all a joke, it's all ridiculous. The absurdists might find this depressing, but to hell with them. I say let's sit down at the bar with the rabbi, the priest, and the frog and try to get a song going. Or at least recognize that it's okay to laugh at ourselves now and again. It's not the end of the world.
ofstoneandice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's silly and ridiculous and utterly absurd, but just about the funniest thing I've ever read.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains the infinite improbability drive, Marvin the paranoid robot, and the answer to life, the universe, and everything. What more could anyone want?
ToddCates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the funniest series of books ever written.
MartinD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The most hilarious book I've ever read!
jfetting on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's nice to have all 6 books of the books in the trilogy (ha!) gathered into one big volume, so that I don't need to go searching for the next book in the series when I've finished the previous. Once I start Hitchhiker's, I keep going until I finish Mostly Harmless. With the fancy leather binding, I can pretend that this is Serious Literature! The series itself is fantastic, hilarious, and addictive. The "eddys in the space/time continuum" "And this is his sofa?" exchange in, I think, the third book reduces me to tears, I giggle so hard. Few books have the power to make me laugh out loud, and this one does over and over, even after multiple readings. The plot follows the adventures of a Brit, Arthur Dent, from his attempts to prevent his house from being bulldozed to his interactions with his daughter. Along the way the Earth gets blown up, he zips around the universe with some of the funniest characters ever written (Marvin! Zaphod! Ford Prefect!), lands on a prototype of Earth (populated by hairdressers, etc.), and attempts to decipher the meaning of life, the universe and everything. And much, much more. Just read it. Even if you aren't into sci-fi. You'll be glad you did.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
only the first three of this 5 part "trilogy" are really necessary to read in my opinion. one of the flat out funniest authors in existence! very keen writing style, very adventurous, and Arthur Dent is one of the best "everyman" characters ever. he just nailed it. Douglas Adams makes everyday problems seem very insignificant and tells us to look at the big picture. Unfortunately, his big picture is infinity. ¿If you have enjoyed the experience of this drink,¿ continued the machine, ¿why not share it with your friends?¿ ¿Because,¿ said Arthur tartly, ¿I want to keep them.¿
mrlady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is, indeed, the finest book ever written. Oddly accurate, pee your pants funny, devestatingly witty. All I need is the air that I breath and to read you.
capnk8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I suppose it's fair to say that Douglas Adams isn't for everyone. But if smart, utterly bizarre, ridiculous, hilarious, improbable science fiction - in a British accent - is your cup of tea, I don't honestly know how you can NOT love Adams. The world lost an amazing creative mind when it lost this author.
ndolson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't suggest trying to read all of the books contained within in one sitting as I did. The humor turns to tedium. However when read individually these books are too humorous to be missed. Adams has the most delightful writing style and is probably one of the most imaginative people in the history of the world.
dividedblue_eyedsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The only books to truely make me laugh out loud while reading. Adams is a genius can't wait to re-read.