Life, the Universe and Everything

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Douglas Adams
Narrator: Douglas Adams
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Phoenix Audio
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot possibly get any worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-bogglingly big and bewildering, but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair

Reviews (5)

Oh-Ver, Ra-Ted

Written by ML from Carrollton, TX on December 17th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I felt this one jumped the shark for Mr. Adams. It just didn't have the, well, whatever it is the other books have had. Maybe the goofiness just wore thin or perhaps his heart simply wasn't in this one. Whatever, if you're a fan of the Hitchhiker series avoid this one. If you're new to Douglas Adams, pick a different one to start with such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as it really is a great read. Overall, this book is way over rated by hitchhiker-heads.

Life the Universe and Everything

Written by Michelle T on July 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book more than the first one! It is totally quirky! What an insane sense of humor Adams has! Where does he get this stuff? I can't wait to read the third!

Life, the Universe and Everything

Written by Steve Ballou on September 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful reader (the author) but the narrative is a bit thin.

One Tracker

Written by Anonymous on February 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another awesome book read by the author, but with only one track per CD *what were they thinking?* Makes it hard to keep track of where you were if you move from car to home CD or turn off the home CD player midplay.

The Master at his craft, of microphone as of keyboard

Written by Graham Gibby on October 17th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

How do they get themselves into such situations? Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian end up saving the Universe. Twice in one day. it’s enough to make you look for a quiet planet to retire to. But the telling of the adventure could only be done justice by Douglas Adams himself, and once again he joins us from the beyond to spin the yarn. While there are readers with greater range and better character separation, few have the authority Adams has over the work, and the confidence to change the unabridged words! I’ll spoil things a bit and say ‘Belgium’ is not the word used gratuitously in a serious screenplay. You’ll bark! There is little noticeable production this time out, with Marvin and the ship’s computer sounding human, lacking the metallic reverb used in Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Sound levels are very even, which might be due more to the plot and performance than the engineer.

Author Details

Author Details

Adams, Douglas

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952, educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge where, in 1974 he gained a BA (and later an MA) in English literature.

He was creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxywhich started life as a BBC Radio 4 series. Since its first airing in March 1978 it has been transformed into a series of best-selling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game and several stage adaptations.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's phenomenal success sent the book straight to Number One in the UK Bestseller List and in 1984 Douglas Adams became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan. He won a further two (a rare feat), and was nominated - though not selected - for the first Best of Young British Novelists awards.

He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (1984); and Mostly Harmless (1992). The first two books in the Hitchhiker series were adapted into a 6 part television series, which was an immediate success when first aired in 1982. Other publications include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (1988). In 1984 Douglas teamed up with John Lloyd and wrote The Meaning of Liff and after a huge success The Deeper Meaning of Liff followed this in 1990). One of Douglas�s all-time personal favourites was written in 1990 when he teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine and wrote Last Chance to See � an account of a world-wide search for rare and endangered species of animals.

He sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia and was also a best seller in German, Swedish and many other languages.

Douglas was a founding director of h2g2, formerly The Digital Village, a digital media and Internet company with which he created the 1998 CD-ROM Starship Titanic, a Codie Award-winning (1999) and BAFTA-nominated (1998) adventure game.

Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 of a sudden heart attack. He was 49. He had been living in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and daughter, and at the time of his death he was working on the screenplay for a feature film version of Hitchhiker.