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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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    Shmoe Caliza 11-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    it is a literary phenomenon. classic for all ages. loved every moment of it and I have the full volume in physical copy

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    cherryclass tx, usa 08-09-16
    cherryclass tx, usa 08-09-16 Listener Since 2009

    cherryclass

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    "still funny after all these years"

    loved it...especially chapter 4 very interesting hearing about how the show was made five stars!

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    Kerbear 06-06-16
    Kerbear 06-06-16
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    "Awesome book .....so much fun"

    This is a great series. It's so much fun to hear the book/radio scripts being played. I want my electric thumb so I can come along to.
    Douglas Adams is/ was a genius, his imagination is like no other. Awesome book,I was thrilled to see it for the kindle fire .So very much worth the
    Money spent.

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    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 05-23-16
    cappi lucas chico, CA, United States 05-23-16 Member Since 2017

    Addicted to audiobooks. Can't go a day without it. Makes housekeeping,cooking and hobbyist more interesting.

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    "Love Adams"

    Hitchcock Hikers Guide to the Gallaxy
    is a classic that's for sure. My only complaint is when you combine a radio programs episodes, you should make a little cohesive. In other words use the theme music to a minimum please because it got annoying really fast. Other than that it is the same wonderful Adams creation.

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    Claire/ARIA 05-04-16
    Claire/ARIA 05-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Love this series, wish they'd remaster first two"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely love this series. I had a copy of this back when it was on a tape cassette. My only disappointment is that it is EXACTLY as I remember the sound quality on the tape cassette. However, the audio mastering could and should be overlooked, because this series is fantastic and the audio mastering drastically improves with the 3rd installment. Hang in there, it's worth it.


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    Jeffrey 03-16-16
    Jeffrey 03-16-16
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    "A Giant of British Science Fiction ."

    Douglas Adams has become immortal with this telling of a man's journey through existence unwittingly searching for truth. Narration done effectively in language that commands attention for a ride into reality.

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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. <br/>


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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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  • addictive but great
    7/18/16
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    "Great"

    Very funny and enjoyable listen that was interesting all at the same time. Would recommend

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  • McFoxy
    6/21/16
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    "best radio broadcast in history!"

    the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy has got to be one of the best radio series to have ever been written. this series is by far THE best reading of it..

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  • alleb
    6/14/16
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    "favorite"

    this is my favorite story cos it's mad and abstract and so So clever in detail. unfortunately I only get the primary series for a 1credit on audible. the whole series is immense. I have read the book..... gonna go search for the book now. xxx

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  • Kenneth
    5/20/16
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    "Poor"

    Disappointingly poor drama and even worse as comedy - your time would be better spent listening to another audiobook.

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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?

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  • 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 !

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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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