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
In the Primary Phase, one reviewer (Vance) gave the series a very low rating. It seemed odd to me, as I had listened to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th phases with no problems. Yes, I know I'm listening to them backwards, but it doesn't matter, as they are all fun. As I write this, I have not listened to the Primary Phase where Vance gave his review, but I have listened to the Secondary Phase, which also is a remastered version, as opposed to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th phases, which are not.
Here is what I found from the Secondary Phase. I always download the audio book to the iPod side of my iPhone, and I listen a lot while driving. Though I had no problems with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th phases while driving, I had quite a bit of a problem with the Secondary Phase. It seems that some of the voices for some of the time have been mixed at too low of a volume. I'm not sure if the recording engineer mixed the stereo pan too far left or right, but here's what happened. While driving in the car, a voice would drop so low in volume that I had to turn up the radio dial volume (I have my iPhone connected to the car's stereo system)...then the volume on the next voice would come booming through, and I had to quickly turn the volume back down. After about 15 minutes of playing with the volume, I gave up on listening to it in the car. Eventually I finished it, but I did so with my iPhone ear phones stuck in my ears while on my walks. There was still a problem with the volume swing of the voices, but not to the extent that I had while listening in the car. Again...no such problem with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th phases.
One fun thing about the Secondary Phase is that is provides us with an audio interview of author Douglas Adams. I found it very enjoyable. It is a shame that he died so very young. I think the interview is worth the purchase of the audio alone. If you feel you can deal with the volume swings, then make the purchase, as the story and the acting are both great.
Here it is! The continuation of the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and the rest of the Hitchhiker characters! The next 6 episodes take up where the first phase left off and take you in a completely new direction from the books, TV series or the movie. Some things will be familiar, but, others are completely new. Whether you're a long-time Hitchhiker fan or new to the series, you won't want to miss this unique production from Douglas Adams and the BBC. Get it now! Don't wait! Add it to your cart right now before you forget it! Then, sit back, listen, and, again, most of all, Don't Panic!
Pretty High up!
I felt like I was watching a movie while listening because of all the voices, rather than reading a book.
The final one where they meet the real leader!
I have enjoyed the Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy for years, and now I've introduced my 21 year old son to it. We enjoyed it together!
You can say I am fan of H2G2. Heck, I bought " A Salmon of Doubt." I have read the radio scripts and enjoyed this immensely. Talking myself into parts 3, 4 and 5.
I have listened to probably every variation of The Guide, and the Radio Plays rank up there amongst some of the best performances. Douglas Adams had admitted in the past that he never wrote any of the Versions of The Guide the same. So while the storyline stays primarily the same, there is always some never heard/read bits in every version of The Guide, this radio play not being any exception to the rule.
See my review of "The Primary Phase" for my glowing - nay, gushing - endorsement of the H2G2 radio plays.
This radio series starts at the offices of the Hitchhiker's Guide, where something is definitely amiss, and ends with a visit to the ruler of the universe - an old man, who's trying to feed his cat a bit of fish. It's as wild a ride as the Primary Phase, and was broadcast beginning in December, 1978 (months after the Primary Phase had been broadcast).
Really great stuff!
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
I enjoy listening to radio shows such as this, and after having read the books, this is a neat way to revisit Arthur Dent through a different, unfamiliar medium. I had a little problem with some of the audio. Some characters (for effect I'm sure) were to be heard in the distance. I found some conversations and lines difficult to make out. Other than that, a fun addition to fans of the series.
This entire series is so entertaining thanks to the full cast and of course the brilliant work of Douglas Adams. This was better than the movie. Get them all, you won't be sorry!
"The hitchhikers guide. It is a classic"
This is what started it all. It is fantastic funny and alternative view on the universe. It is full of quotable lines that stay with you day after day.
"Science meets philosophy - and laughs"
This is the funniest unit of text and dialogue in the history of text and/or dialogue. If there is indeed a god, this is his sense of humour reflected back at him/her to prove what a complete dingoe's kidney the act of creation has proven to be. No-one is spared: scientists, the media, philosophers, all are lampooned.
The sheer level of creativity is awesome, or monumental. It makes Machu Pichu look like a Play-dough project. Shakespeare may be more tragic, but never funnier - or indeed, more profound in the way human vanity is so mercilessly exposed and observed. Adams may not use a cold light, but it's terriby BRIGHT.
While all the characters have great style and wonderful lines, there is an element of being there just to say the funny things. Having said that, the competitive banter between Arthur and Zaphod is credibly acerbic. Similarly, the way Ford swaps alliances between these two is also effectively unfair. Marvin deserves a seperate chapter of comment. However, the most endearing voice is that of Peter Jones as the book, whose style is that of a research professor presenting the facts with deliberate precision and not a hint of irony. This makes for historic comedy, while making you wonder if what he is describing actually exists or has happened somewhere out there in the time/space continuum!
I laughed while it was on. I cried when it finished. Then I put it on again, and started laughing again. Until it stopped again. I think you get the picture.
Indespensibly invaluable, and beyond the scope of any superlative in any human language. Ask your god(s) for more appropriate perspicacity. I rest my case for the acquisition.
The second installment of Douglas Adams' absolutely brilliant sci-fi comedy. An eternal classic everyone should listen to, ideally after listening to the first one! The humour is bizarre and the narrative can be loopy, but that's the style of it. Stick with it and it'll grow on you.
The show is excellently produced, well-acted and of the highest quality.
The hitch hikers guild to the galaxy, this is a classic audio book, having ownd (and still do) the origional cassetts of the broadcast by the bbc, it has kept it's conversion with no loss of quality, but bringing it to the next portable media, If you to have a odd out look on life, and to wonder if there is any meaning to life, the universe & Everything, then this book will take you on an epic adventure though space and time, and have you back in time to enjoy a pangalactic gargleblaster (rehab centers are avalible) so sit back and takle a trip on the heart of gold
""who is this God bloke, anyway?""
If you haven't listened to THGTTG yet then I envy you. I remember my first time listening to this and finding it the most crazy and amazing story I've ever heard and the further you go into it the crazier it gets. Get in there
"Great series but sound quality is disappointing"
This is a classic radio production from the BBC, and it is great to have the chance to hear it again. But the sound quality of this edition is terrible. It's mono, slightly distorted and has been unsympathetically transcoded. A shame.
"Entertainment at it's best"
Many years ago I listened to this on the radio, it is still as amazing as ever, every time I listen I can hear new things in it. Soo worth getting for lovers of science fiction/comedy. A classic that still lives.
"A great return for a Fantastic story"
I love HHGTTG and this second instalment continues where the first left off. I'm sure that any one who remembers HH will know how good it is not quite as amazing as the first but still worth every penny, from the iconic intro music to Zaphod and Ford and Arthur and not forgetting everyone's favourite paranoid android Marvin.
A well worth addition to any sci-fi geeks compendulum of audio books.
This story will keep you entertained for hours.. if not days! well worth the money.
"The story that keeps on giving ..."
Having enjoyed the first book as narrated by Steven Fry as an introduction to Audibles, with the unabridged story in its original words in all its glory - and already being familiar with the book, the radio play, TV series and even the recent film - I wasn't sure just how much the return to a dramatised account would feel, but I needn't have worried. The familiar cast were completely at home in Adams' characters, and the tale just continued to unfold in an entirely natural, however implausible, way ... which inevitably lead to the tertiary stage.
"Bizarre and Bonkers"
This phase of the story is probably the most disjointed and 'stand alone' of the whole series.
The reasons for this are well documented (try Wikipedia if you don't know) but it is still wonderfully enjoyable.
It's also the final time that you'll hear Peter Jones as the book for the entire phase.
Highlights are Zaphod Beeblebrox IV and the nightclub on Ursa Minor however my favourite line in this phase (and possible all the phases) is Ford's line to Zaphod right at the end about respect.
Listen carefully for the Bee Gees!
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