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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Complete Radio Series [Audiobook, Box set] [Audio CD]

Douglas Adams
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Book Description

3 Oct 2005
This really is the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything - all five radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy collected together for the first time, in a handsome box with magnetic lid. From the original Primary and Secondary Phases, through to the more recent Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases, these are the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and their assorted human, robotic and alien companions. These full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas star Simon Jones, Peter Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore and Susan Sheridan, with a stellar guest cast including John le Mesurier, Joanna Lumley, Christian Slater, Jackie Mason, Sandra Dickinson, Rula Lenska, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Pryce. Also included is an exclusive bonus disc containing two programmes from the BBC Archive: Kaleidoscope from 1980 (going behind the scenes of the second series) and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent from 2002.

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 14.6 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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233 of 237 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, funny and kind of sad 20 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Douglas Adams's 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' exists in so many different media by this stage that it can be hard for the newbie to know which version to tackle first. If you've only ever seen the movie you may think that it's all a bit overrated and you'd be right to do so, as although the film looked great and had some fine performances, the story was a mess. If you've only read the books, you're missing out. If you've only seen the TV series and you liked it, you're in for a treat. The original radio series is not only the best way to do Hitch-Hiker but certainly the best thing its author ever did.

The original radio series was written and broadcast in 1978, with a second series a couple of years later. These suffered, perhaps, from Adams's habits as a writer (he was a compulsive rewriter and could never finish things) and the BBC's habits as a producer. At the end of writing the first series, Adams wound it all up very conclusively because he assumed that a second series wouldn't be commissioned. However, a second series was commissioned, and he had to go through some incredibly tortuous writing to get the story going again. At the end of the second series, he left it deliberately open-ended because he assumed that the BBC would immediately commission a third series, but they didn't. So the original radio series has the effect of coming to a natural end halfway through, then grinding back into motion again and finishing in a rather unsatisfying way. For all that, the first two series are the real gold: brilliantly witty, astonishingly inventive and full of unforgettable moments. These are the reason why Hitch-Hiker fans tend to be obsessive.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *This* is the version you want to buy 21 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD box set contains all the radio episodes (the older ones plus the more recently produced episodes), as well as some bonus materials.

I was in heaven for many hours during a long car trip!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but flawed technology 29 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
The series is extraordinary but I have had two boxes now, each of which has had at least one track that will not play. It might be because they are trying to fit too much onto a disc (it was the last track of a disc in each case that would not play) but I'm still mid-problem.

Otherwise, it's a great achievement.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than expected! 17 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was very pleasantly surprised.

I expected the 2 radio plays, but not only did it have them on 3 CDs each @ 2 episodes per CD, it also has a 3 CD radio dramatisation of Life, The Universe and Everything, a 2 CD dramatisation each of Mostly Harmless and So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, and a final disc containing Kaleidoscope and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent. These being a behind the scenes look at the first 2 radio series and Douglas Adams talking about the genesis of the radio series; Simon Jones on being asked to take on the role of Arthur and Geoffrey Perkins on the struggles with the BBC to get them broadcast in the first place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 23 Mar 2009
By Denise
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No problem with delivery even though it's quite a large package for CD's.
Brilliant series! Excellent price for the amount of hours of fun you get from it.
All round good! =D
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Goog 2 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
The whole Douglas Adams masterpeice in the original format. This is how THHTTG was meant to be experienced. Excellbt well recomended
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I first listened to the primary phase of The Guide when I was about 12. Fantastic! Even at that age I could appreciate most of the humour. After that I listened to the secondary phase, read the books, and more recently the new lot of radio series. They are all superb. The humour (both subtle and obvious) is unrelenting, the theme music is a classic, the sound effects superb, and the actors brilliantly portray their characters.
Arthur Dent's journey through space (still wearing his dressing gown) has become a modern classic, and is likely to remain so for a very long time. If you ask me, the new film is an insult to a brilliant, and sometimes very meaningfull, work of science fiction.
And by the way, the answer to LTUAE really IS 42!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by a Sci-Fi hater! 26 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I HATE all science fiction ... or I thought I did until I discovered the primary & secondary phase radio series of HHGTTG. I've been trying to pinpoint what is different about Hitchhikers; perhaps it is that the almost spoof-like sci-fi elements are so ridiculous there is no point even trying to believe them, or perhaps it is is that the human (and indeed alien) elements of the story are so touching and real that it becomes utterly believable.

Having got to the point where I could recite almost the whole of the first to series, it was only recently that I discovered that there were a further three series. I was delighted, and they certainly did not disappoint! The complete set provides hours of entertainment, from the side-splittingly funny to the tear-jerkingly sad (well I AM a girl). I find it equally helpful for making a long car journey whizz by, or for fulfilling the role of a bedtime story and relaxing me into sleep.

Unusually it was the radio series that came first, and I will warn you that once you have listened to this you will be thoroughly disappointed by the books, TV series, and the film.
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