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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized) Performance
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized)
Written by: 
Douglas Adams
Narrated by: 
Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized) Performance

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's saga continues with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Life, the Universe and Everything, the third book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'.

Stranded on prehistoric Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find escape in the form of a time-travelling sofa. But as 11 homicidal, bat-wielding robots proceed to blow up Lords Cricket Ground, it seems that Arthur is far from Home and Dry. In fact, he is not even Home and Vigorously Towelling Himself Off. Soon he is on an explosive quest to save the Universe, equipped with only a rabbit bone, a worn dressing gown, and a spaceship which looks remarkably like an Italian bistro.

Many of the cast of the original BBC Radio 4 series have been reunited for this new dramatisation including Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy."

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

© and (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audiobook of the Year
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Science-Fiction/Fantasy

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    Tim Tringle Naperville, IL, United States 03-23-11
    Tim Tringle Naperville, IL, United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2015

    Home Theater Junkie

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    "Dramatization, not the book."

    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to point out that this is the BBC radio show and not the actual books. Those are also on audible but are usually read by a single narrator. All versions of Adam's amazing series are very different from each other so there is no harm in listening, reading or watching either the BBC TV Series from the 80's or the Movie. Alot of people will discourage you from watching the movie but to be honest since they only had time to tell part of the story, it's well worth seeing. But nothing beats the original radio series or the original novels.

    For those of you who are just starting your journey with Arthur Dent, I envy you. Have fun and don't forget your towel!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Norton 07-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The adventure continues!"

    And here we are again!

    At the end of the Secondary Phase of the Hitchhikers' Guide series, we heard Arthur Dent take off in Zaphod's ship, along with Marvin, a Lintilla clone, Eddie, the shipboard computer, etc. Now, he wakes up on earth, 2 million years in our past?

    So, that just proves the universe is stranger than we think--especially Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers' universe.

    Now, you can hear, in all of BBC's brilliant radio style, the dramatization of the third book, "Life, The Universe, and everything". Will Arthur find out the ultimate question this time? Will he finally get a cup of tea? Will he return to earth and settle down--even though the vogons destroyed the earth?

    Listen and find out!

    The BBC, again, does a wonderful job in bringing the third book to life, and, thanks to BBC and Audible, you can go along for the ride.

    The BBC has given voices to some new characters, and, been able to bring many original cast members back for the dramatization of the final 3 books in the series. Some of the original cast are no longer with us, but, the BBC has done a good job replacing them.

    True, the actors are a little older, but, I still don't have any trouble believing who they are.

    This was performed after Douglas Adams died, but, he does make an appearance. See if you can guess who he plays!

    Don't wait! Add this to your cart right now!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Oli Steeton, N/A, United Kingdom 09-17-05
    Oli Steeton, N/A, United Kingdom 09-17-05
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    "Fantastic - They finally finished the radio show"

    I really enjoyed the original 'Primary' and 'Secondary Phase' radio shows when I was a kid, and was a little dubious when the BBC decided to continue it. However, I have to say I was blown away by the production. True to the original, with much of the original cast. It was a delight to listen to. Highly recommended.

    A note to those who can't download this title: It's worth noting that, being based in the UK, there a plenty of US titles that I can't purchase either :o)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn Benoni, N/A, South Africa 06-17-05
    Jocelyn Benoni, N/A, South Africa 06-17-05
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    "BRILLIANT!!!!"

    I also experienced issues with downloading as I was "geographically challenged". However, this trully is an amazing book (finally got a hold of it), and I recommend it to anyone, young and old, with a dry, satiracal or blantanly blunt humour. A must listen for all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 07-19-16
    Farrell 07-19-16

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "More oddball adventures"

    While not as good as the primary phase ( or the books ) it's still a lot of fun. Share and enjoy!

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    NicholasTod Benowa, Australia 06-05-15
    NicholasTod Benowa, Australia 06-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the best Full cast stories I have ever heard!"

    This is by far one of the best stories, performed the best way, with a full cast, excellent sound effects and one of the best written stories of all time.
    Would defiantly (and do) recommend this to everyone!
    Share and Enjoy!

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    chris crookston, MN United States 01-01-15
    chris crookston, MN United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2010

    just a bit of a cyberpunk and good scifi geek. but I do branch out to nonfiction mostly about behavior and psychology and a touch of romance

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    "I keep coming back"

    I love Douglas Adams but I always come back two the radio dramas when I want to relax and enjoy a story

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  • Vince
    Carnforth, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    6/14/06
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    "Glad to hear it"

    Having listened to some of the episodes on the Radio I was very glad to see HHGTTG in the Audible library and with the full cast from the radio. The reproduction was great, and this Tertiary Phase is added to the other two Phases available via Audible. It is a pity that Audible have not got the original two Radio 4 series and Link episode. This would make the best collection. HHGTTG was a great radio series and left a lot to the imagination - the radio was the original format and the best!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/5/11
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    "Creative Stimulation"

    Can't beleve how good Hitchhiker's Guide is an audiobook, (given first impressions of the film)!

    Somehow it taps into precisely that opposite sphere of the brain to the one used while driving and gives it loads of interesting titbits to mull over. The production is superb and only 'The Mighty Boosh' is really comparible for sheer imaginative vividness.

    This particular episode includes the 'Cricketer' robots (who attack everything in sight), the starship Bistromath (runs on the mathematical principles of a restaurant) and that famous bit where the villain sugests that the, should the universe be explained, it will be replaced by something even more bizarely inexplicable (some say this has happened already).

    Furthermore, it stars the inimitable Richard Griffiths and a man who knows the question to the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

    Definitely recommended listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Ashton, Lancashire United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "I just wish there was a ten star rating!"
    If you could sum up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous...fabulous...fabulous


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't recommend HHGTTG highly enough. I've been listening to them for over thirty years now and they still make me laugh. They are my 'go to' books when I'm down and need a giggle. I think I can actually quote from of the dialogue by now. Get them, listen to them and join the thousands who love them!


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

    Marvin...of course!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mat
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    7/15/12
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    "Life? Don't talk to me about life..."

    Script-wise this is a pretty good adaptation of the source material, but sadly it fails to capture the charm and innocence of the original instalments.

    Gone is the magical audio landscape of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop with its curious and hypnotic analogue synth sounds, and it's been replaced by an almost orchestral score; it's not *bad*, but it's not *right*. (That said, the Krikkit song is a showstopper!) Something also appears to have happened to Geoff McGivern's voice in the years since the original series were recorded, and the replacement for Peter Jones just doesn't work.

    If you're a fan of the primary and secondary phases (or just an Adams fan in general) this is far more satisfying than the appalling movie adaptation, but it's far from perfect.

    (Also note that the version I downloaded on my phone seems to have a stereo mix but the version I downloaded for iTunes seems to be a lo-fi mono mix despite having it set to "enhanced", and therefore is even further from perfect. I shall be querying this with customer support...)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    2/10/12
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    "The Starship Bistromath sounds wonderful"

    This is Hitchhikers back to its normal madness...

    The Krikkit wars, a love interest for Arthur and an assault by the TV version of Ford Prefect. It's complete chaos and more wonderful for it.

    There is even an appearance by Douglas Adams.

    This marks the first of the 'new' episodes and it is hard to believe there was a twenty-odd year gap between this and secondary phase (also available here at Audible!). It's smooth and crisp and thoroughly lovely.

    Get it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    2/16/10
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    "A bit disappointing"

    Douglas Adams fans will probably regard me as a philistine but I didn't think was this was a entertaining as Primary Phase. Sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David P.
    4/15/16
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    "It's Douglas Adams"

    Classic comedy, a joyous production with professional oozing from every pore. And bloody funny too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. E. A. Shanks
    Peebles, Scotland
    11/6/15
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    "Fantastic. Continuing the legacy"

    Loved every minute of this. So well worth listening to again. Can't recommend this enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Basker
    UK
    10/11/15
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    "Fantastic original bbc performances"

    Great performances, sound effects, music and plots. Would like to give it 42 stars but that would only raise more questions...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • englishflame
    10/6/15
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    "hhgttg"

    i have always loved hhgttg since i was a tott and live the audio books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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