But Ford Prefect is onto something which might well burst Arthur's bubble. There is, after all, something very fishy about his girlfriend's feet, and what has happened to all the dolphins? Perhaps, at last, all will be revealed in God's Last Message to His Creation....
Simon Jones returns as Arthur, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford, and Stephen Moore as Marvin. William Franklyn is the Book, and there is a whole host of famous guest stars.
This extended edition features 30 minutes of material not heard on BBC Radio 4.
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This is the fourth in the BBC Radio adaptations of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series of books. Except that the first two BBC radio productions were the originals, and Adams wrote the first two HHG books based on the series. However, the third through fifth BBC radio adaptations are based on the three HHG books that Adams wrote after his first two books, but before the last three radio series. If that's not clear, consult any popular reference work on temporal causality.
To put this review in context, I ask that you read my Audible review of the previous BBC dramatization, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Tertiary Phase." Go ahead, I'll wait.
I see you're back. The "Quandary Phase" contains a four-episode radio series that's an adaptation of Adams' book "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish," the fourth book in the story of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Let me ease any concerns you may have after reading another reviewers' comments on the "Tertiary Phase." I had no difficulties purchasing the "Quandary Phase" from Audible, and I live in the US.
The first two episodes in the BBC radio dramatization suffer from the same problems I mentioned in my review of the "Tertiary Phase": I feel that they're over-produced, with too many audio effects layered at once; and that they're too faithful to the written books for a radio production.
However, the second two episodes reverse both of those issues. Finally, the emphasis is on the characters talking to one another; Adams' wit and humor (or should it be "humour"?) can finally shine through. Also, the presentation is tailored for the radio; some plot elements are re-arranged and presented in a way that's better to suited for listening.
If I'd purchased this from the UK, as I did the "Tertiary Phase", I probably would have felt it wasn't work the extra expense. But at Audible's lower prices, I recommend it. Listen and enjoy.
this is a great cast and solid adaptation of the book so long and thanks for all the fish.
finally a voice to fenchurch.
some of the storylines are condensed but it flows great.
I now have the third, fourth, and fifth books dramatized
Loved it. The BBC version is outstanding. This is the fourth in the BBC series. The story is better then the third series in my opinion.
"Does what the book doesn't & blends perfectly..."
So Long & Thanks For All The Fish is quite a tough read but Dirk Maggs and his team have really slapped it into shape and made a very, very good and enjoyable version for our consumption.
Essentially the Earth that Arthur was rescued from (a few moments before it was destroyed by the Vogons) has popped back into existence again. Life on the planet is much the same as before with one major exception - the dolphins have gone.
The critical thing about Maggs' slapping is that he hasn't changed too much and it blends perfectly with all the other HGTTG audiobooks - you have listened to the others haven't you? For heavens sake don't start with this one otherwise your head will explode...probably!
The usual cast provide strong performances as usual and as this book features the character of Arthur Dent more than the others then it really gives Simon Jones a chance to stretch Arthur a little further than we've heard/seen before.
Jane Horrocks is fab as Fenchurch but I particularly enjoy Geoff McGivern's furniture wrecking scene and a nice cameo by David Dixon who played Ford Prefect in the BBC TV series of HGTTG.
"B+ Could do better."
I Actually enjoyed listening to how the story would play it out even if I didn't agree with the cast list. But the I guess I was spoilt by having listened to Steven Moores earlier recording of So Long. For me he managed to dramatize it all by himself.
It was nice and quirky that this space adventure was now firmly on Tera Firma, so we could get to know Arthur a little better. Ive heard that DA wrote this book while feeling very low, and he said that this came out in the book, can't say I'd agree with that, what wth the romance between Arthur and Fenchurch, the comedy with Murry Bost Henson oh and Annji and her retirement.
You'll never beat Steven Moores version.
Without giving anything a way, I found Hyde park cute and very funny. Also I had a little dust in my eye at the end, for something that wasn't in the book
read the book. the dramatised version just as good. really enjoyable. not much needs to be said.
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