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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) | [Douglas Adams]

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
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A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune, with newly recorded announcements by John Marsh.

Also included on this Special Edition is Douglas Adams's Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast in 1999, which looks at the genesis and phenomenal success of the series.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-28-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "dramatization distracting"

    Maybe I shouldn't have first read this book in my 40s. Maybe it would have made more sense or had more meaning had I read it in middle school, when I had friends who raved about it. This just didn't do it for me. Moving on.

    The dramatization was distracting and made it harder to follow the story. The audio mix was awkward and made listening in the car very difficult as some characters spoke from one side of the car, some from the other. With road noise, and even with a decent, though not amazing, stereo system, you still need narration out of all speakers to truly hear it very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    earonesty 10-02-13
    earonesty 10-02-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Terrible audio quality"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's just not converted to digital format well. Whispering and loud bangs, the levels are terribly normalized. Maybe if you use noice cancelling headset, and a volume knob... but not suitable for an ipod!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Orion Inskip Seattle, WA 06-09-13
    Orion Inskip Seattle, WA 06-09-13 Member Since 2005

    Hunter

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    "Tired of not understanding your friends?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended for those that don't get it.


    What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to and why?

    Nothing compares, truly unique.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Marvin will make you laugh.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book defined my development into an adult.


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you that don't get it when your friends make jokes about H2G2, this is an easy way to get the idea. I warn you that once you get a taste you will be hooked. It is a tragedy that Adams didn't live to see the iPad. If Steve Jobs had hired Adams to design the iPad we would have the perfect device.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christy San Clemente, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Christy San Clemente, CA, United States 10-03-12
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    "HIliarious!"
    What did you love best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    Humor, witty-ness, well dramatised, Good story, moves right along. Imaginative. Very upbeat, great pace, read clearly.


    What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to and why?

    not sure


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    terrific!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    hilarious and witty


    Any additional comments?

    I want more of this!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Groveland, FL, United States 02-06-14
    James Groveland, FL, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible Audio"
    What disappointed you about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    This has the worst audio I've ever heard on audible. Although the sound quality was bad and the constantly changing volume level was the worst thing. I couldn't even finish the first chapter. luckily I only paid $2 for the book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-08-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Quirky, wierd, and awesome!"

    I confess up front that I've read the book and seen the movie, and more than once at that.

    Obviously then, I knew the story was 5 star, and I realized by the length of this audio book that it wasn't the complete work, but I wanted to see how BBC had done the original broadcast. I must say, they did a great job. Well engineered and with a great cast of voices.

    The interview at the end was also enlightening and gave some insight into the oddball man that Douglas Adams was.

    If you've never listened to or heard of the Hitchhiker's Guide before, I recommend you get the complete work or read the book. If, however, you are like me and have familiarity with the book already, then you will find this work quite enjoyable.

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    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-15-14
    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved It!"
    Any additional comments?

    Great performance! Loved it! I listened to this while walking my dogs in the neighborhood, and didn't even care about laughing out loud!

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    Elizabeth Ft. Collins, CO, United States 04-29-14
    Elizabeth Ft. Collins, CO, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "DOWN RIGHT BRITSH: HAVING FUN BOOK"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    The left side of the brain thinking, outrageous and fun stories. Kind of Monty Python fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    42....and recreation of Earth....and of course the Guide book itself to help explain EVERYTHING ELSE...enjoy and have a good laugh


    Any additional comments?

    All of sequels are just AS ENJOYABLE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Houston, TX, United States 04-19-14
    Robert Houston, TX, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hear what started it all"

    This is a great set of shows from the very beginning of the Hitchkiker's craze. Plus some bonus material with interviews providing some nice behind the scenes info. Overall very enjoyable.

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    Jeff Greiner Raleigh, NC 03-27-14
    Jeff Greiner Raleigh, NC 03-27-14 Member Since 2013

    The Tome Host at thetomeshow.com

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    "Don't Panic…it's good even in it's original form."
    What did you love best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    This is the story that launched a franchise of telling the same/similar story over and over again.


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  • Peter Codner
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    "good, but wilodly, and greedily overpriced"
    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    yes, it is English irony at its best, but overpriced by American greed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    pete rjones' wonderfully ironic voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book?- laugh............ the greed of amazon, cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    st helens, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Unabridged?"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in three words, what would they be?

    While this says unabridged, it is actually a collection of the radio show. While this isn;t a bad thing as the radio show is very good, i was expecting an unabridged reading of the novel. I suppose i should have read the details more carefully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Dent.


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  • Mrs
    EXETER, United Kingdom
    5/20/13
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    "Dramatisation at its best"

    I remember hearing this on the radio and then reading the books. As funny as ever. My children, now grown up, are enjoying this as much and I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Westhill, United Kingdom
    5/4/13
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    "What a Treat To Hear It Again"

    This was one of my all time favourite radio programmes and it is still fresh and vital. It is a perfect example of the power of radio drama to convince the listener of a world of imagination and fantasy. The TV re-hash was a sad and cheap looking affair.

    The laconic narration, the sharp satire and, above all, the soundtrack with radiophonic effects make this an addictive listen. On stereo earphones the sound stage seems 3 dimensional.

    Plug in and enjoy. I bet you can't take it just one episode at a time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "An absolute classic"

    This series is hilarious, insightful and I would strongly recommend it. The story is a bit bizarre and hard to 'follow' but you aren't supposed to follow it, just roll with the madness. The production is excellent.



    Be careful though, laughing uncontrollably in public places can lead to difficult situations. As can referencing jokes from this series which will slip into your head. I can't stub my toe anymore without crying BELGIUM.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Best radio play ever!"

    It was wonderful to revisit this fabulous story and follow the adventures of our hero Arthur Dent.

    I read the book first and then I listened to a recording a friend gave me and was stunned when this brilliant group of actors brought it to life. I then realised that the imagination isn't always better.

    I am glad to be able to immerse myself again in the surreal world of Douglas Adams.

    The world lost an amazing talent when he was taken from us prematurely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Lyons, OR, United States
    4/13/13
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    "Still froody after all these years"

    I have read the books, played the game, and seen thr movie, so when I had the chance to download the original radio broadcast, I leapt at it! The voices, effects and sound quality is fantastic. The humor is literally out of this world. Buy this now. You will not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • curiosity-the-shadow-cat
    England
    4/9/13
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    "Totally Awesome"

    From the first few notes of the iconic theme tune to the post-credits jokes this series is sublime. The cast are perfect and the glorious plot is sheer genius.

    I cannot praise this enough.



    If you have only read the books (or watched the TV or film) then I promise this will be a joyful experience.



    If you have never experienced at first hand the glory of the Hitchhiker's Guide then I can think of no better place to start than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Swann
    Kent UK
    4/7/13
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    "Classic Sci Fi with a smile"

    Not only is this great sci fi saga, introduced in a trilogy of five books and then this radio, in its own right but it also makes you laugh. Descriptions of future technology ate believable but are described tongue in. Heel with an eye to modern society. The success of this approach is confirmed by catchphrases from the books and radio series still in use among my friends.

    In conclusion just remember the words on the cover of the guide. DON'T PANIC

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    France
    4/7/13
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    "Great"

    It lived up to what I was expecting. I loved the characters and it kept me listening all the way through. I think this story is a timeless classic and very funny. I do believe is is a dramatisation that was well put together and the characters well thought out. I will be listening to this again and again. Thank you Douglas Adams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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