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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Secondary Phase (Audio CD) [Audiobook] [Library Binding]

Douglas Adams , Peter Jones , Simon Jones , Rula Lenska , Geoffrey McGivern
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Book Description

2 May 2005
A reissue of the second series of BBC Radio 4's humorous science-fiction drama, featuring such characters as Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Trillian, Eddie the Ship's Computer, and Slartibartfast.

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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056347789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563477891
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,427 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent 28 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
This is the series that introduced me to Hitch Hiker - I believe that it was the second airing I heard in 1979. I was entranced, and still am today. In my view this was the better of the two series - the ideas are more evolved.
The part about the beings evolved into birds because the shoes they used to wear is wonderful - with John le Mesurier as "the wise old bird".
Douglas Adams' writing is very well observed (the spaceship waiting for thousands of years for a delivery of lemon-soaked paper napkins "the probability is that one day a civilisation will arise and there will be lemon soaked paper napkins", for example, or the "dialling chant" while waiting to dial up a member of the dead)
My personal favourite is the first episode. The This one is more of a "link" between the first series (6 episodes) and this series (the remaining 5 episodes) and I believe was aired as a one-off special.
I would definitely recommend this set of CDs - it is compulsive listening and you will not tire of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No tedious mucking about in hyperspace 1 Mar 2006
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
Format:Library Binding
I was a fan of the original radio series of HHGTTG and I was delighted to discover these CDs. This is a great follow-on from the first series, with even more sublimely outrageous scenarios as Zaphod survives the Total Perspective Vortex and Arthur discovers the remains of a civilisation based entirely on shoe-shops. There is no better way to pass a long car jorney - my kids love these CDs, and you can listen to them again and again. When Rula Lenska appeared on Celebrity Big Brother my boys knew exactly who she was - Lintilla (and her millions of clones). Luckily for Rula there was no Allitnil in the CBB house or she would have been neutralised instantly.......
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and the gang return 8 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Misc. Supplies
After hearing the wonderfully comic and zany first series, and reading the books, I simply could not resist picking up the second series.
Picking up where the first series left off, Arthur and Ford find themselves trapped on prehistoric Earth. However, Zaphod, a time paradox and Ford's towel all serve to get them back on the Heart of Gold, where they set off for new adventures in the great mind-boggling infinity of... infinity.
If anything, the second series is even better, with the characters now fleshed out more, and situations even weirder!
A must for all fans of what must be the wackiest comedy on this mostly harmless planet...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
In this, the second instalment of Douglas Adams' Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, we are treated to more insane, inane, whacky and downright wierd adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the paranoid android. Ford and Arthur need to find a way off prehistoric earth by flagging down an only partially existant spaceship, while Zaphod receives a message from himself in a dream and setsoff ona crazy quest to find some cat named Zarniwoop. As they cross time and space on a highly improbable (but not impossible) journey, they go through mind boggling adventures and discover 15 mile high statues of themselves and the reason for birds.

Not as hysterically funny as the first series there is still more than enough humour here to keep you laughing, and some very good plot devices. Aided by great performances from the cast, this is a treat and an essential listen to those who want to know what happens to Arthur and Co after being stranded on prehistoric earth.

This CD release from the BBC is excellent, with a great sound quality far superior to my old somewhat muddy copy. Two episodes per disc on 3 discs, held in a double jewel case. It's a classic, and has been given the decent release it deserves. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the absolute cream of comic sci-fi writing. I remember listening in utter disbelief at the breadtha nd staggering depths that Douglas Adams plumbs with his marvellous imagination. The cast w ere inspired, Rula Lenska in particular, and the music and sound effects have to be experienced with a pair of good quality headphones super glued to your earholes for best listening. If your idea of fun is dropping from a cold marble model of an instamatic drinks cup, which itself is only held in position by art, then this is for you. In fact its for everyone who enjoys well sculpted comedy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series overall 23 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
I strongly recommend this box set - it has given me hours of entertainment in the car. I think though it is more disjointed than the first series its insights are better and far funnier. After all this contains the "Total Perspective Vortex", reveals to us the truth about the power of the Galactic President and let us know that reality "has gone on the blink again". And if that were not enough we have the revelation of the "shoe event horizon", and the anthem of the complaints department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.
This is - in short - brilliant for anyone who is left wondering whether either they are mad, or whether it is the world around them that has taken leave of its senses.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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The first radio series of Hitchhiker was utterly marvellous, and I believe will stand up in history as the 20th century's equivalent of 'Alice in Wonderland'. The second series never achieved the same zenith, for several reasons:
1. It was very much a follow-on to the first series, and thus it could never hope to be as devestatingly original.
2. Although there are one or two grand ideas in the second series -- such as the Platonic concept of a disinterested philosopher actually running the Universe, and Zaphod colluding with psychiatrists to destroy the Earth -- these don't permeate the whole series in the same way that the Earth-as-ultimate-computer idea held almost everything together in the first series.
3. In fact, apart from Zaphod feeling he must find Zarniwoop, our heroes wander fairly aimlessly through the second series, largely reacting to circumstances and just trying to survive.
4. The absence of Trillian means that there is no female protagonist until the three Lintillas arrive in episode 5. Quite apart from the benefit of a female perspective -- if Douglas was capable of writing from one -- a female voice gave additional colour to the first series. Until you've heard a couple of episodes, it can at times be hard to distinguish between the voices of Mark Wing-Davey, Geoff McGivern, and at times, even Simon Jones.
5. One of the many stars of the first series was the background music, which provided a wonderful selection of much of the best 'space' music of the 1970s -- Stomu Yamash'ta, Patrick Moraz, Terry Riley etc. In the second series -- perhaps for reasons of expense -- we get Paddy Kingsland's original music, which is nice enough, but was never going to win any awards or achieve commercial success.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The dip in the series
This (second) series of THHGTTG is much ore scrappy than the others. The plot is less focused and although it's the usual Douglas Adams outing of ridiculous, piquant sci-fi humour,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love the books I loved the TV and I love the radio plays so this was always going to get top marks from me
Published 15 months ago by A P Stockwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!
This is an amazing audio cd - the sound quality is brillliant and it also includes an interview with Douglas Adams himself. Wonderful story........... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by her pyng
4.0 out of 5 stars Wierd...
good but wierd...i like the surrealness of it (if thats even a word... :P) i love the ideas that doug had to be honest!
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars unmissable
Timeless!! It's just as funny, if not more so, than I remember from my childhood. I simply laughed my way through it.
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by Yanne
5.0 out of 5 stars The answer to life the universe and everything
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Secondary Phase was purchased as a gift for my partner who now has all three phases of the Radio Series. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by Bentonbag
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the first series
I am a BIG fan of the first part of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Primary Phase), but I found this 2nd part to be utterly dull in almost every aspect. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by D. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as Primary or Tertiary Phases.
Having love the Primary Phase (first series) I was very much looking forward to this second series.
And whilst it was good fun and enjoyable, it just did not have the same... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest incident in space since the big bang
I remember when i first heard this on audio tape. i was young and i thought i would hate it but low and behold my opinion switched around. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2005 by "story_omega"
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