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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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    Orion Inskip Seattle, WA 06-09-13
    Orion Inskip Seattle, WA 06-09-13 Listener 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 10-03-12
    Christy 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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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-28-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2015

    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.

    2 of 3 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 2013
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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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    Amazon Customer 07-27-15
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    "Fantastic addition to the books"

    I read the books several times and loved them tremendously. The radio edition is similar to the books so it's all very familiar. However, the delivery is fantastic so you can really lose yourself in it. Definitely check it out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Utkarsh 06-03-15
    Utkarsh 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't Panic"

    A must buy... Mostly Harmless ;)
    I'm so happy I'm emotional :')
    Wish there were more radio plays of this kind... Wish Mr Adams were still around...
    Anyway... If you haven't read the book then please buy and listen. And if you've read the book then you don't need me to tell you that this masterpiece is essential :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Fayetteville, GA, USA 05-17-15
    Michael Fayetteville, GA, USA 05-17-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Amazing"

    This is one of the best radio shows I have ever listened to, amazing acting and narration, makes you feel as if you were watching a movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 05-10-15
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 05-10-15

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Mostly Harmless"

    I first thumbed a ride into Douglas Adams's end of the universe when the first novelization was published back around 1980. I read all five parts of his trilogy as well as the sixth entry by Eoin Colfer, I watched the BBC TV version with relish when it was first shown in the US on PBS, and (like other Adams fans) I struggled through the misguided film adaptation.

    But I never heard the original radio show before. This remastered edition is sonically difficult to listen to, as other reviewers have stated, but the material is as fresh as ever. My one caveat, having started with the novels, is that there is so much more in print than there ever was on the radio, especially the hilarious excerpts from the Guide. Of course the novels are 25 hours long in total (not including Colfer) so there is so much more room for all of that.

    Still, good stuff for HG2G aficionados, despite the poor sound quality, with a bonus radio doc about the making of the primary phase of the radio series. Hitchhiker's Guide newbies -- I'd recommend the novel as the best entry point but this would not be a bad place to start either.

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    LittleMiss42 Mn 05-02-15
    LittleMiss42 Mn 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gave it a try"

    Thought the audiobook would be better with all the weird names in this series. It was much easier to comprehend this way.

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    _MULTIFISH_ Auckland, NZ 05-01-15
    _MULTIFISH_ Auckland, NZ 05-01-15
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    "Awesome"

    Just awesome couldn't be anything else Douglas Adams is a genius looking forward to the bonus audio in the next one!

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    Gloucester
    7/23/15
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    "great listen"

    really good listen I love all the characters. they are all different. well worth it.

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  • Miss S R Scott
    7/20/15
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    "5 STAR LISTEN!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    Well dramatised and highly entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read this book countless times but it was like listening to it for the very first time with this version as the dramatisation really brought it to life.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The Characters voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and it is easily done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claptout
    Shetland, U.K.
    7/12/15
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    "Dreadful download... Find the CD or tape"
    Any additional comments?

    I've seen the play, listened to the radio series, got the tapes and the CDs but the quality of this download is beyond dire: compressed and in 'mono'. The original radio series, etc had stereophonics that were stunningly immersive. I'm just plain stunned by this... AVOID

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK, North West
    5/28/15
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    "Classic"

    This book is good, you may think other books are good but they're just peanuts compared to this.

    If you've not heard of this classic then where have you been, hiding under a rock? It's the best bang since the big one.

    None of the above make sense? Don't panic! Listen and all well become clear.

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  • john
    5/27/15
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    "Sandwich days"

    I love this book. I love the radio show. I love the tv series. There is nothing about this story I do not like. I might be a tiny bit biased , but you've got to admit, it's brilliant. Buy it. You'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    4/1/15
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    "Still hilarious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

    No - they're equally fantastic in slightly different ways.


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

    It defies comparison. But don't panic.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good books for clearing out the seat next to you on the bus. There's nothing quite like the snort of laughter that escapes after Slartibartfast announces that he loves fjords because they give a lovely baroque feeling to a continent for getting rid of gum-chewing cowards who don't want to sit next to the local nutter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    3/30/15
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    "One of the greatest stories ever told!!"

    One of the best stories ever to come out of the great publishing houses on ursa minor even your white mice will like this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne Szymanska
    3/11/15
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    "never gets old"

    still excites me and makes me laugh after 30 years of listening to it. x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca M.
    3/8/15
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    "very good listen"
    Would you listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again? Why?

    Draws you in and takes you on the adventure. The full cast makes it feel more like an audio play but well worth the listen.


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

    The link to the next book.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The mixture of voices brings a new depth of imagination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    1/1/15
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    "INSPIRATIONALLY HUMOROUS"

    I ALWAYS FIND THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY A GREAT WAY TO COOL OFF IN THE EVENING AND GO TO SLEEP LISTENING TO! I HAVE GOT ALL OF THE AUDIBLE AWARDS I HAVE FROM HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.

    JP-K

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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