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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Ross Dickson Boston, MA USA 02-22-16
    Ross Dickson Boston, MA USA 02-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "The classic radio play"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    All the memories of youth spent listening to the radio show on cassette. Plus interviews with Adams and the cast.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The interviews were new to me and brought a new richness to the beloved classic.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This collects the first 6 of the 12 episodes found in the US cassette edition. It then adds a set of interviews. Great addition to the collection, and none of the audio problems found on well loved cassettes.

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    Jane 02-04-16
    Jane 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "How faabulous to have the original back!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

    We had an old copy of this on cassette, after hearing it on the radio. The cassettes died and we've ordered other copies, but none are as good as the original.


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    W. Craigmiles Williamsburg, Virginia 01-14-16
    W. Craigmiles Williamsburg, Virginia 01-14-16
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    "Great"

    Just great.
    Lots of fun.
    You have to love puns and wordplay.
    Great sound bitrs.
    Chapter four. is the best.

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    Amazon Customer 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The best of what is to come."

    The beginning of one of the best sifi stories ever told. A must read \listen if you would ever consider your self a nerd and want to alienate one's self from conversation with other mammals. The jokes are amazing and I wish Mr. Adams was alive today.

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    Christy Wolfe Kansas City, Missouri United States 11-19-15
    Christy Wolfe Kansas City, Missouri United States 11-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Get the other version!"

    I actually purchased a second version of this audiobook because the narration in this one did injustice to the story. The alternative, read by Stephen Fry, is delightful.

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    Alan Sewaren, NJ, United States 11-01-15
    Alan Sewaren, NJ, United States 11-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "First radio / play I have been to follow"

    First radio play / play I have been to follow. Good stuff. Did not realize that hitch hikers was originally a radio show. Which also means that non music non talk radio lasted far longer in England than USA. Great program!

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    Al 10-22-15
    Al 10-22-15
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    "Buy & Listen"

    Just Excellent & Highly Recommended Buy Buy Buy Listen Listen Listen These are the fifteen words.

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    Emily Whitaker 08-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Hitchhiker's via radio"

    If you enjoy radio programs, this combines audio books and radio beautifully. Enjoyed every minute and the post scripts.

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    Chanelly 08-03-15
    Chanelly 08-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "not technically a book but..."

    I wish dramatized radio shows would make a comeback. This is one of the best of all time.

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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!

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  • Phil Sayers
    3/2/16
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    "sent me back to the 70's"
    What did you like most about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)?

    sound effects


    What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) to, and why?

    So long and thanks for all the fish :-)


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    great story, funny, thought provoking,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Shorter
    Milton keynes, UK
    2/10/16
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    "Brilliant !"

    Remember listening to this as a child. Absolutely brilliant comedy. Britain at its comedic best !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SilentSinger
    London
    1/9/16
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    "THHGTTG - The Tertiary Phase"

    This was very reasonably priced on Audible. It's the fully-dramatised recording of the first radio series. It's an excellent listen, plus there are some added extras. Recommended!

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  • Tim
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    12/5/15
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    "Put on your dressing gown and slippers and enjoy"
    Any additional comments?

    There’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm in a dressing gown, putting on my favourite slippers and sitting down with a nice hot cup of tea to listen to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have listened to it over the years, probably more than 42, and it never gets old. Despite being 37 years old, the only thing about it that seems is dated is the expectation of change from a fiver for six pints of bitter. Douglas Adams was a genius.

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  • Doctor D
    UK
    12/4/15
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    "An Old Favourite"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The story is clever and funny. The story is such that, while you can listen at a purely easy entertainment level, there is also lots to leave you with a deeper, more thought provoking experience. Of course, you don't have to be a fan of quantum mechanics ... But it helps.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Not particularly but, then again, I was an interested party anyway.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    This is a radio drama performance and probably does not, therefore, conform to this question.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    N/A


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Overall, this old favourite is given a new lease of life as a radio drama, re-release. The sound quality is okay and the performances themselves excellent. The book is good but this radio drama brings the characters to life.

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  • Mr K Roberts
    10/4/15
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    "Classic audio drama"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book /audio drama is a sci-fi cult classic. I've been a fan since it was originally released many moons ago. I still listen to it and love the subtle and sometimes not so subtle digs at politicians/ bureaucrats/ philosophers and not forgetting telephone sanitizers. Great colourful characters such as Marvin and Zaphod. If you love audio dramas I would rate this as one of the best.


    Any additional comments?

    Mostly Harmless

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  • ELAINE SAVIDES HEARN
    9/18/15
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    "Great listen"

    Fabulous from start to finish!! Very funny and well written. Cheered me up and made me laugh.

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  • Jonathan Tham
    9/14/15
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    "Brilliant, but sound quality not so great"

    As brilliant as it ever was, however the quality of the sound slightly undermined the work of the radiophonics workshop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kawie1
    Longford, Ireland
    9/6/15
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    "The guide!"

    been a hugh fan of The guide since Radiohead released the album OK Computer and I discovered this was a reference to something called The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. So of I went to the local library and all the had was the BBC Radio broadcast on tape. Needless to say I was hooked.! All of that said you wouldn't have believed my excitement when audibles got it and made it the daily deal. Still as brilliant as I remember!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJB
    9/6/15
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    "Pure genius!"

    Adams + BBC awesome. Original cast, no hobbits or american rappers featured and a really depressed Paranoid Android.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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