Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #3)

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #3)

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Why is it a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes?
How the planet Krikkit, hostile to anything that is not Krikkit, comes to be encased in a Slo-time envelope...
Why Arthur Dent has such an urgent wish to return the Ashes to Lord's Cricket Ground, and why a can of Greek olive oil becomes his most prized possession, symbolizing as it does the oneness of things...

How the Campaign for Real Time is determined to reverse the erosion of the differences between one century and antoher caused by easy time travel...

All these mysteries and more come to light in this, the second volume of the Hitchhiker trilogy. Follow Arthur Dent on a day which begins with his visit from Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged (whose goal is to insult everyone in the universe - alphabetically) and ends with the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth - which turns out to have entirely too much to do with frogs.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author DOUGLAS ADAMS enjoyed amazing success on both sides of the Atlantic in radio, television, theater, and spoken-word audio. He authored the bestselling Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that sold over 14 million copies worldwide, as well as the other four titles in that trilogy (yes there are 5 in this trilogy). He also wrote the bestselling titles Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and Long-Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. In May, 2001, Douglas Adams passed away unexpectedly, leaving millions of fans worldwide. The Salmon of a Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time is the treasure he left behind on the hard drive of his beloved Macintosh. Look for each of these classic titles from New Millennium Audio.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739332092
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2006
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 6.23(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, including 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; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.

You can find more about Douglas Adam's life and works at

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Life, the Universe And Everything 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Ani_Minnick More than 1 year ago
In his comedy plus science fiction book, Life, the Universe, and Everything, Douglas Adams gives the next installment in the Hitchhiker's Guide story. Most of the book alternates between different story lines as the group has been split up in time and space, which is quite successful in keeping the reader’s attention. Adams uses humor in such a way that it not only adds to the enjoyment of the read, but actually advances the plot in some points, which is captivating to read. I tried to highlight all the best quotes in the book, and was left with a very long list. Don't let the label "science fiction" deter you; I recommend this book to anyone with or without an interest or background in science. Adams proves a very clever and truly exceptional writer. You won't be able to put this book down.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in the Hitchhiker¿s Guide trilogy (but not the last book in the series!). We meet with the usual characters ¿ Arthur, Ford, Trillian, Zaphod, and Marvin ¿ although Zaphod and Marvin have less ¿screen time¿ in this book than in the previous two. There is also the usual adventure and snarky dialogue/narration involved throughout, which makes this a quick and humorous read. My one minor complaint is that it took a bit of time before the plot really got going, although the setup information proved necessary later and was amusing to read along the way anyway.
manatree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Old favorite from high school. Had to pick up this used hard cover copy to supplement tattered paperback.
Nanoscale2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title says it all. The third book in the series of Douglas Adams. I have to say the idea for the series and the characters are some of the most original work I have ever read. I just wonder how drunk he was when this whole thing started ;-)
beckykolacki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I had really enjoyed the first two books in the Hitchhiker's "trilogy," for some reason or another the appeal seemed to dissipate with this one a little bit. Throughout the series I found that Adams really had a tendency to have events happen without really explaining exactly what was going on, but you usually found out directly after. However, there were lots of things that happened in the beginning of this one that really made little sense, and they weren't explained until many chapters later, which is frustrating as a reader.On the bright side, the same sort of humor is still there. The negative is that you (or at least, I) spent so much time trying to figure out what is happening that I kind of glossed over many of the jokes.On the plus side, the idea for the plot of this one is quite good, and once I finally got a hang of what was going on I really enjoyed it, but it took a bit more time to get into it. We find out that there is an intriguing alien race trying to destroy the world by recovering a number of items, and of course it's up to Arthur Dent and friends to stop them. These aliens, the people of Krikkit, are quite interesting as well. It is their fear that causes them to lash out so harshly against whatever is different from them. We, as humans, sometimes experience something very similar, and as scary as it is, some relations can be drawn here.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books are incredibly hard to review because how do explain the craziness that goes on. You just have to read or in my case listen and enjoy the ride!I love this series and am enjoying them thoroughly!I listened to this on audio so here is a review of the audio portion of this book:The narrator in this one is Martin Freeman who played Arthur Dent in the movie version of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I'm getting used to him but the first one was narrated by Stephen Fry and I did like his narration better.On to, So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were some good jokes in here, but definitely a step down in quality from 'Restaurant at the end of the Universe.' Mostly, this story seems to centre around a satirical take on the game of cricket. As everyone knows, cricket is almost impossible to understand as it is, without being further blurred and manipulated as an instrument of fun. Largely impenetrable as far as I was concerned.
redderik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part 3 of the best 5 part trilogy ever!!!
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No idea what this book is about,if anything; perhaps it reallyis about everything. Lots of fun,nevertheless.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third book in the Hitchhiker "trilogy."The inhabitants of planet Krikkit find out that they are not alone in the universe and so they plan to destroy everyone who is not them. Our heroes (Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Slartibartfast, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Trillian) must try to save the universe from the white killer robots of Krikkit. A few of my favorite parts: Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, who is on a quest to personally insult every individual in the Universe - in alphabetical order; Arthur's flying lessons, where he tries to throw himself at the ground - and miss; Agrajag, who keeps getting reincarnated, only to be accidentally killed, repeatedly, by Arthur.
MoonshineMax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lacadaisical lark through the universe with the usual suspects, Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, Trillian and Marvin. However, while I continued to enjoy the entertaining and amusing commentary on the situations, the plot was poor and contrived, and the action, while being credibly off-beat, had a continued lacking that the average sci-fi fan will know, of believability. This was not the case with the previous two in the Trilogy of Four, as their 'plot' structure was much less involved with a single event. While good, the focus on a single plot to drive at dragged down what could have been another classic. Average with occasional flashes of brilliance
FolkeB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Douglas Adams' Life, the Universe, and Everything, Arthur Dent and his new friends are once again followed through their journey in the Universe. Arthur Dent was not aware of the rest of the universe until he met Ford Prefect a short while back. The first two series of The Hitchhiker¿s Guide to the Galaxy are just the beginning of Arthur and his new companions¿ travels through the universe. This time in the third series, the occupants of planet Krikkit want to be alone in the universe and destroy everything else in it, so they don¿t have to deal with the idea of the enormous universe surrounding them. Arthur and his companions have to try to stop the robots from the planet Krikkit from destroying the entire universe. Adams does a wonderful job creating a fascinating universe and keeps things interesting with his ridiculous, yet intriguing ideas. The book is very creative and keeps the reader paying attention with its outrageous workings of the universe. This book brings a new side to science fiction which makes it more interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes interesting, adventurous and wildly creative stories. It does involve some wacky space ideas, so it would be good to be open to the ideas of the universe. I would give this book a four and half stars out of five.
pauliharman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting but not as good as earlier hitch-hikers books
Ti99er on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The continuing saga of the Hitchhikers trilogy. Here is another laugh riot volume of space travel lunacy from the master of sci-fi humor, Douglas Adams. What more can be said of his work that hasn't already been said. If you haven't read the series, it is time you did.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Morning read-aloud with the boys. Possibly my least favorite of the series--all that stuff about Krikkit might have resonated more if I knew more about the game of cricket. Still a 5-star read anyway.
rincewind1986 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another installment of the adventures of Arthur, ford and co. As usual full of laughs, thrills, spills and everything else from the bizarre immagination of the genius douglas adams. One highlight was the return of Marvin the paranoid android, and so much more.
jorgearanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book of the Hitchhiker series leaves behind the satirical vignettes format of the previous two books in favor of a bland makeshift plot about saving the galaxy. Featuring cricket and some annoying, unsatisfying prose.
emhromp2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another very funny book in the hitchhikers series. Difficult to understand at times, and impossible to imagine at all times. This book should be read sentence by sentence, to make sure you don't skip any jokes.
saiariddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adams = comic genius. He is well missed. This book is hysterical. Had me in many laughing fits. Especially the part involving the mattress.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Utterly hilarious and action packed to boot. While I felt it was only a pinch worse than the second one, it is still a great book. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its all cool and froody in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
42 :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a 5-book trilogy, so I find that SLaTFaTF and Mostly Harmless are optional. If you get saddened by books easily, stop here, where Marvin's alive and they only travel through space and time, not probability. It ever so slightly amazed me that this was going to be a Doctor Who novel, as Douglas Adams had written 3 of the episodes. You'll find quite a few H2G2 refences in Doctor Who, even the new series, and many Doctor Who refrences in this book. I love both, so this book was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago