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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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Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Another great addition from the BBC and Audible

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!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Book and interview are great

While slightly different than the books the radio programs are fantastic. Easy to see why it's become such a phenomenon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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More zany craziness, but not as much pop.

This is just as crazy as the first series, but not quite as well done or filled out. It doesn't move as well. Having said that it is still a bit of fun well worth listening to, especially as it it is performed by a top notch cast.

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Radio Broadcast

This is the original radio drama production, and includes an interview with the author at the end. Good audio quality and chaptering.

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Not as interesting

I thought the story not as interesting as the primary phase version. The rich,subtle humor found in the Primary Phase story seemed replaced by a contrived, somewhat canned, thus it's a bit dry.

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love love love this series!

one of my favorite books of all time and this just makes it so much more fun to experience!

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No Headline Could Do This Justice

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

Which print version?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)?

The last scene, when our heroes meet the man who runs the Galaxy.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This was a radio play; the books were written later, when Adams had time to think about it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud. On the bus.

Any additional comments?

You simply can't review this as a book. It was a radio comedy which Adams was writing on the fly, handing sheets to the actors live on air. You'd never know it. Fantastic cast, vivid characters, chaotic storyline, huge imagination.

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Hilarious full cast recording, highly recommended, imaginative and funny as anything written today. Douglas Adams is a genius and the BBC did a great job bringing his vision to life.

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  • Chad
  • Baltimore, MD
  • 02-24-17

A must have for any true HGTTG Fan

Just as good as the Primary Phase, this continues the adventures with slight differences from the books and these Radio Shows predates the books, they remastered the original 1978 radio shows that led to the creation of the 1979 book of the same name, just amazing, well narrated and great cast and includes a interview with the author Douglas Adams at the end.

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  • Alexander Macallister
  • 02-02-14

Science meets philosophy - and laughs

What did you like most about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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

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!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • 05-27-15

"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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Odd to hint
  • 02-03-15

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita Fronczak
  • 06-04-15

Beautiful, very British

I love the accent, the British sense of humour. Interview at the end seems to be about nothing in particular, yet I could listen to those trained voices again and again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jordan
  • 04-13-13

Brilliant

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • 01-07-10

First time

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy T
  • 11-07-15

Classic

Just a great retelling of the Hitchhiker series - subtly different from the books (which, of course, came later). My only sadness is that the quality of the recordings is poor - like listening to R4 on 1500m LW, I guess...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-14

Great series but sound quality is disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lenny Bear
  • 05-28-17

Brilliant as ever

Excitement and really wild things. And a good helping of nostalgia. Reminder of when an electronic book was unbelievable and 42 meant everything

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 04-13-13

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful