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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (20 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504078
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,780 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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"This production will make you grin from beginning to end." (AudioFile)

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Panic! It’s the last ever instalment of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Mostly Harmless, the final book in Douglas Adams’ famous 'trilogy in five parts'.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathan Young on 4 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I originally listened to the HHGTTG in the 80s, I listened to it countless times, each time picking up on a new thread of the story, discovering more jokes and catch lines. This, as with the 3rd and 4rd phases, is in the same vein. You need to listen to it several times to really appreciate it.
Brilliant stuff, and about time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stretch on 29 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
It's quite an undertaking to draw to a close a cult sage that spans four decades, but the BBC manages to pull it off in fine style.
Part of the attraction of listening to this is not just the assured performances of the 'original' cast, (Geoffery McGivern and Simon Jones are completely at home as Ford and Arthur) but recognising the other less central characters and the familiar voices behind them.
The last phase not only manages to neatly tie up all loose ends from all other series, but also be a less downbeat finale than the book was. To get the benefit of this, though, you have to listen to the Hollywood happy ending which is unexpected to those familiar with the book. It works, but takes a leap of faith to hope that it is as the author would want it.
Nice to hear Douglas Adams one more time, too.
Over all, a joy to behold.
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For something that was cleverly pared down to a few brief episodes there was the inclusion of a most unwelcome, happy, ending that was totally unnecessary and ultimately spoilt the memory of the great 5-book trilogy. I won't spoil anyone's enjoyment by saying what it was, but if you've read the book then you should know the ending and when to reach for the pause/stop switch - so do yourself a favour and do it! If you've not read the book then maybe you'll not be as disappointed, but think of your favourite film and change the ending from happy to sad or vice-versa and you'll get an idea of the general wrongness of what has been done to this series/book/phase. And more of the true storyline could have been included in the show if the extra end had been omitted.
That said, I have to say that it's the only HHGTTG book/audio book/tv episode/film that I think I've audibly chuckled at - I've loved them all (okay, apart from the film) but Colin the Security Robot was so funny it caused a collection of snorts and giggles as I tried to contain myself whilst listening to it on the old iPod.
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This is a good finale to the radio series, not perfect but pretty enjoyable and with some good humour.
This story pretty much wraps up the radio series and does a good job of of tying up most of the loose ends.
My only complaint was that it felt a bit rushed, as though it had been squeezed into 4 episodes when really 5 or 6 would have been better. But this did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.

I would say that if you have listened to the other parts of the story then give this a go, it's worth it if only to hear all the plot lines bought to a finish.
If you've not listened to the previous parts it will be confusing and I'd recommend listening t the other parts first.
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What can say other than fantastic. I heard the first broadcast of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 1978 on the radio.. and was hooked then.. Douglas Admas' observation on us human thingies and our stange and weird behaviours is probably more spot on and full of wisdom than any religious, theological or philosophical treatise ever written or handed down!! I think I've been reprogrammed to be like Colin - oh so blissfully happy!! And 42 really is the answer to life the Universe and Everything.... but what was the question again??
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Excellent finale to a great series! The fifth part of the trilogy ends one of the best stories ever written and the BBC have excelled themselves bringing it to radio and this series of CDs. If I have one small niggle it is that the voices of the actors playing Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent are very similar and I sometimes found it hard to distinguish which one of them was speaking.
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