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The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to The Galaxy [6CD Box Set] [Box set]

Douglas Adams Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: BBC
  • ASIN: B00004SEZC
  • Other Editions: Hardcover  |  Paperback  |  Mass Market Paperback  |  Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Unknown Binding
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Original BBC Radio production on 6 one-hour compact discs in 12 episodes. Released 17 Nov 1988. The CD boxed set of Radio 4's "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy", starring Peter Jones as The Book and Simon Jones as Arthur Dent. Fit the first: First broadcast on 8th March 1978. Fit the second: First broadcast on 15th March 1978. Fit the third: First broadcast on 22nd March 1978. Fit the fourth: First broadcast on 29th March 1978. Fit the fifth: First broadcast on 5th April 1978. Fit the sixth: First broadcast on 12th April 1978. Fit the seventh: First broadcast on 24th December 1978. Fit the eighth: First broadcast on 21st January 1980. Fit the ninth: First broadcast on 22nd January 1980. Fit the tenth: First broadcast on 23rd January 1980. Fit the eleventh: First broadcast on 24th January 1980. Fit the twelfth: First broadcast on 25th January 1980.

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
There is just one reason why The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was voted into the BBC's Top One Hundred Books list, and that is because it is simply brilliant. It is a work of science fiction, but the humour contained within the story is not only incredibly witty, but also unusual within its chosen genre. Be prepared to susend your disbelief however, as the series of adventures and coincidences encountered by the characters is nothing short of extrordinary.
The story follows a rather eccentric Englishman by the name of Arthur Dent, as one Thursday morning the Earth is demolished by a group of poetry-loving Vogons who want rid of the planet in order to make way for a Hyper-Spatial Express Route. This sets the scene for Arthur and his extra-terrestial friend, Ford, to journey through space and, amongst other things, come accross the two-headed, three-armed President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, his one-time girlfriend Trillian, and a paranoid android by the name of Marvin. There are many aspects of the book that contribute towards its status as a cult classic, but I believe primary among these is the way in which Douglas Adams manages to bring accross the personalities of the characters. "Arthur said coldly, 'We've met, haven't we Zaphod Beeblebrox - or should I say... Phil?'" Not only are they resonsible for some of the most amusing lines I have ever had the pleasure of reading, but upon finishing the book I felt a longing to become one of the crew upon the Heart of Gold ship the characters inhabit. Arthur is a particular favourite of mine, and the way in which he looks upon the current events of his life with such fascination is a great source of amusement.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful books, but a word of caution 16 Aug 2010
By Mel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read these books many years ago. I watched the BBC TV series, and unfortunately also watched the movie released a couple of years ago.

The books are fabulous and always bring a smile to my face when I read them, or someone quotes them to me (something my boss seems to like doing a lot ;))

The word of caution relates to the product description currently showing at the top of this page.

"A one-volume edition of the four HITCH HIKER novels"

As of the time of writing this is not the case. Purchasing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Kindle Edition] will get you exactly that. You will not get The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, nor will you get either of the other two books that make up this quadrilogy.

While these books are most definitely worth their individual prices, this page is currently mis-advertising what is actually on offer. Amazon are aware of this (I emailed them to make sure of it, and am told they are now looking into it) and I'm sure in time the page will either be updated with the correct info or the quadrilogy version advertised will eventually be on sale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Figments of a deranged imagination 7 Mar 2000
Format:Paperback
What can I say that already hasn't been said? I grew up with the radio series and the book is just as off-the-wall. Douglas Adams has a gift for warped logic that it is hard not to adopt in everyday life. For instance, if you take his argument proving that everyone you meet is just a figment of your deranged imagination you might just find it easier to cope with door-to-door salespeople! To my mind, there is also a lot of subversive comment about the way we live which makes it less science fiction and more of a polemic. After all, Arthur Dent appears to be Mr Average and pretty well at the mercy of the bureaucrats who run the universe not just his local council. Anyway, this is all getting far too deep and meaningful. My guess is that Douglas Adams never wrote this with the intention of being taken at all seriously and that he must look on all commentary on it as a figment of his own deranged imagination. All I can conclude with is this: if you read this book and fail to adopt 42 as your lucky number, you must be an accountant!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Old and New Fans of This Classic! 30 May 2006
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had the good fortune to be invited to Maine to see the fabulous tree house that is the subject of The Treehouse Chronicles. I decided this would be a good chance to listen to a recording of an old favorite that I've never heard in audio form before. Browsing through the library, it was an easy decision to pick this new recording of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Within minutes, I could tell that I'd made a winning choice as I listened to Stephen Fry brilliantly share his voice to add texture to this intriguing story. Between the accents and the humorous references to irony, I was enthralled. I found myself wishing that the recording was a longer one.

When you read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it can come across a little simplistically in places. Those spots work much smoother in this audio version.

In fact, if you haven't read the book, I recommend that you listen to this recording instead. I think you'll enjoy and appreciate the book more in its more dramatic version here.

If you don't know the story, Arthur Dent finds himself awakening with a hangover determined to save his home. Only problem is, while the demolition crew looms, he's also about to lose his other home, the Earth. Aided by his alien friend, Ford Prefect, Arthur is soon off hitchhiking his way through the galaxy in a most improbable set of circumstances that will amuse and delight you. You'll meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, one of the most memorable aliens in anyone's fiction. Along the way, you'll learn more speculation about wearing digital watches and finding lost ballpoint pens than you ever expected to know.

Bravo, Stephen Fry and Douglas Adams!
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Reread this after having forgotten most of the original story. 42 forever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very happy.
Very quiet car journeys with 3 kids age 10, 9 and 6. Apart from all the action blasting out the speekers of course, very happy.
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Everyone should read this book.
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maybe you had to be there but there is a reason this is still a classic
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Fun to read and awesome!
Published 24 days ago by K. Ostrzyzek
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
What fun. It's been a long time since I've read this book and it never fails to deliver. Funny charming and downright mad it was a pleasure to read it again after all these years
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