Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3) by Douglas Adams

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

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane...

Details Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)

TitleLife, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)
Release DateApr 26th, 2005
PublisherDel Rey
Number of pages224 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Fantasy

Reviews Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)

  • Petra Eggs
    I've just read the most extraordinary thing. In the US version of the third novel of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Life, the Universe and Everything, the word 'Belgium' is used to replace the word "fuck" which was in the British publication.Apparently Douglas Adams' American publishers thought that some of the language in the book was too crude for Americans and asked him to take out the words 'fuck', 'asshole' and 'shit'. Adams' replaced...
  • Algernon
    Another world, another day, another dawn.The early morning’s thinnest sliver of light appeared silently. Several billion trillion tons of superhot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp.There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath.... and then a voice from above utters the words: “You’re a jerk, Dent!” Arth...
  • Henry Avila
    Arthur Dent finds himself living alone, on prehistoric Earth, in a cold, damp cave. His friend Ford Prefect, bored, has wandered off, early on , without saying a word , to Africa, Arthur learns, later. The duo, time traveled here, not voluntarily, and have tried to adjust. The whole gang, has been scattered all through the Galaxy. Marvin, the depressed robot, has conversations with a talking mattress, in a strange planet, Trillian, is at a party,...
  • Barry Pierce
    I'm getting very bored of this series. While I like the characters and I understand the humour, I'm not laughing. I read these novels with a smile, not a smirk.
  • Riku Sayuj
    42? Really? I don't think so!
  • Manny
    People may have noticed that I've recently become very interested in theories of physics which involve multiple universes. I've spent a fair amount of time over the last few weeks reading about them and discussing the ideas.Since it's buried in one of my other reviews, let me present my conclusions explicitly. To my surprise, I discover that there is a great deal of evidence to support the claim that we are only one of many universes, and, moreov...
  • Ben
    A series losing steam, and it's a real shame given the potential of the first two books--both fun, quick reads. This title is less focused on the sci-fi and philosophical underpinnings of the first two books. Instead, Adams here maintains sequences that hinge on bizarre chains of events and silly, ponderous exchanges between characters who have less and less of an idea as to what exactly is happening around them. These felt a long 200+ pages inde...
  • Brandon Collinsworth
    this is the last book in the series that I really enjoyed and I almost wish Douglas Adams would have called it quits here. The book gives us the chance to laugh at ourselves in going back to prehistoric earth and Adams alternate view of how we ended up the creatures we are, that was extremely clever.But Krikkit was the best part, this story was amazing and I can't help but wonder if Adams religous views are at work here. A group of people that ju...
  • Jonathan
    As a continuation of Douglas Adams' famous The Hitchiker's Guide Series this was, as indicated by the foreword, one of the most plotted in the series. But as also indicated by the foreword, you don't read The Hitchiker's Guide Series for the plots. So, you ask me, what do you read it for? You read it for the sense of wonder about the crazy place the universe is. You read it for the comedy of Douglas Adams, for his creative and zany use of made up...
  • Olga
    Maybe 2.5 stars. Half the time I didn't understand what the hell was happening. These books are usually a little crazy and over the top, but this one was specially weird. I'm giving it a 3 star rating, because of the audiobook. Martin Freeman's narration made this really enjoyable and I laughed out loud a lot of times. Arthur is still an amazing character, not much change about the way he's written but still my favorite.
  • Ferdy
    As fun and silly as the previous instalments. The best part was that random guy going around insulting everyone.
  • Katie
    I appreciate Douglas Adams a bit more each time that I read him. This was unsurprisingly lovely and funny and very enjoyable. It's a wonderful thing to read if you're having a bad day and it's rainy outside (or hey, even if it's sunny). I don't think I really noticed it before, but reading through this I kept finding myself thinking that Douglas Adams could easily have been a very successful "serious" writer too, if he had wanted to be one. He's ...
  • Joe
    'From the studios on the unstable fourth moon of Vega four; it's The Ua show!' The announcer shouted as Ua emerged from behind the curtain to the applause of her live audience.'Thank you, thank you.' She called to her adoring fans. 'And I must say I love you all. Even the reptiloids. Oh what am I saying; especially the reptiloids.' Light laughter followed.'Today we have with us the stars of Life, the Universe and Everything.' She called out while...
  • Cecily
    Hitchhiker's, volume 3.Mostly about Krikkit - and the Bistromathic Drive, which is better than mere Infinite Improbability. The immortal Wowbanger the Infinitely Prolonged gave himself the task of insulting everyone in the universe - individually (but nearly did Arthur twice). It has the usual wonderful Adamsness:The "knack" of learning to fly is to "throw yourself at the ground and miss". "Aggressively uninterested". "One thing has suddenly ceas...
  • David Sarkies
    It's all just a game of cricket25 October 2016 - Clifton Hill I'm going to have to be honest here and admit that I really wasn't all that impressed with this book. In fact the story was originally meant to be a six part Doctor Who series which was rejected by the producers, and I can see why – it just really didn't seem to be what I would expect from Doctor Who. Okay, the Doctor can be pretty tongue in cheek at times, and while there are sugges...
  • Evan Leach
    The third entry in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series probably has the most coherent plot of all five books, for what that’s worth. In Life, the Universe and Everything, Arthur, Ford and friends get roped into preventing the destruction of the universe. A group of sinister robots have been appearing around the galaxy collecting specific items, and if their efforts are successful all creation as we know it will be destroyed. Unlike th...
  • Jim
    I'm not sure there has ever been a point to any of this, but this one seemed to lose any sign of cohesive narration toward the end. Again, it ended abruptly & on a cliff hanger. Still kind of funny at odd moments, but so pointless as to be tiring. I thought I'd try one more & queued it up, but then found some better books at the library. I think I've spent enough time on this series. I now get many of the references FWIW. Ugh. Next I'll be watchi...
  • Becky
    Still funny, still absurd, still pretty deep really, but Adams was definitly starting to lose some of the threads here. This is the first one where I found myself asking, "wait, what?". There are some pretty decent time jumps between chapters that will leave eyebrows waggling in confusion. But, there ARE still some really great pieces, I'm particularly fond of bistro math.
  • Inge
    2.5 stars
  • FlibBityFLooB
    How can you go wrong with the zany mind of author Douglas Adams? Arthur, living alone on prehistoric Earth, decides happily to himself that he will go mad and announces it to the empty world. Ford, who unexpectedly reappears after being gone for four years, tells Arthur that he went mad for a while and it did him a lot of good. I loved Ford’s description of his bout of self-imposed madness: “And then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of w...
  • Eric Allen
    This is the first book in the series that has an actual storyline, where there's an ancient evil that needs to be, and is eventually, dealt with in the end. The really amazing thing is that this series went two entire books before it even really needed to happen, and no one really seems to care, because the first two books are so entertaining without any real plotline tying all of the random events together in them. I mean, for a book that doesn'...
  • Yvonne Mendez
    The first book made sense and I met my new love: Marvin the Paranoid Android. The second book "The restaurant at the end of the universe", made sense, sorta, kinda, but I can't explain why it made sense. Marvin was depressingly charming and I even had a small bout of depression in his honor. In this third installment, there is less of Marvin and more saving-the-universe type action. I constantly feel like Arthur Dent with all these things and new...
  • Debbie
    Life, the Universe and Everything was everywhere. All over life. All over the universe. And all over my span of consciousness. My poor little Earth brain was inadequate for this book! *Spontaneously laughs like a mad hatter and then abruptly stops.* I wasn't over the moon for this one. I've read some reviews about the previous two books in the series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and some re...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    No doubt about it: Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its sequel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe were five-star novels. Anyone would want to read these laugh-out-loud funny books you'd again and again. But the third book in Adams' series, while amusing, doesn't prove to be as good. Sure, there are some funny scenes, such as when Arthur Dent braves killer robots to return to Lord's Cricket Ground to deposit ashes. (A...
  • Momina Masood
    "Important facts from Galactic history, number two:(Reproduced from the Siderial Daily Mentioner's Book of popular Galactic History.)Since this Galaxy began, vast civilizations have risen and fallen, risen and fallen, risen and fallen so often that it's quite tempting to think that life in the Galaxy must be(a) something akin to seasick – space-sick, time sick, history sick or some such thing, and(b) stupid."Ah, well. Much, much better than The...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    - Noi non siamo ossessionati da nessuna mania, capite - continuò Ford. - ... - Ed è proprio questo il fattore decisivo: l'ossessione. Non potremo mai vincere contro dei maniaci. Loro hanno la fissazione da soddisfare, noi no. E' quindi destino che vincano loro. - Anch'io ho le mie fissazioni, i miei interessi – disse Slartibartfast con la voce che gli tremava in parte per il risentimento, in parte anche per il dubbio. - Ah si? Quali? - Bé ...
  • Luise
    New part of this series, a new exciting adventure. This time, Arthur Dent and his friends have to prevent the destruction of the universe. Will they succeed?!?It's just as fun to read as the other parts, there really isn't much more to say about it. Now excuse me, I'm off trying to throw myself at the ground and miss - i. e. fly away into whatever adventure my next choice of reading may bring me.
  • Amantha
    You know what would have made this series awesome? If Mr. Adams had forgotten all about Arthur Dent as the protagonist (seriously, he's useless and I get that's supposed to be the point and that he's supposed to be the Everyman but come on) and made Trillian the protagonist instead.And let her fucking go off with Thor if she wanted to. That whole bit about Arthur "taking care of" Thor and Trillian being grateful (but really she seemed quite ambiv...
  • Anastasija
    The very first book of the series fascinated me. The second one amused me. The third one... well, it wasn't bad.The book is still funny and successfully delivers a unique humour to its readers (and I assume, the humour is much more important here than the plot itself).Yet, it failed to capture my attention, to make me sit and read for hours. It feels that the book series began to repeat itself.