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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Complete Radio Series Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set, CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504191
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 15.3 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,706 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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"The BBC radio series are top quality productions, exhibiting great imagination, terrific sound design and almost flawless casting. This box set is exactly what you need" (Peter Saunders http://www.zetaminor.com)

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All five BBC Radio series' of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, plus two bonus programmes - Kaleidoscope and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent.

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253 of 258 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 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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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A. Percy on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Girl Kojak on 26 Aug. 2010
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Sparkes on 29 May 2009
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Langridge on 17 Nov. 2009
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Griffiths on 2 Feb. 2010
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JS on 30 April 2010
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I will be brief, as others have reviewed this in more depth.

Suffice to say that this is a truly hilarious, memorable, delightful, groundbreaking, poignant (and so on until we finally run out of superlatives) work.

I am perhaps unique amongst reviewers here, as I did not hear the original on radio, due to the minor inconvenience of not yet being born... However, the series is as fantastic as others have suggested, and as wonderful as my father remembers when it was broadcast in his day. Indeed, it is only when listening to it that one realises how much of popular culture is based on Adams' work, and how timeless the humour is.

I cannot recommend it enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denise on 23 Mar. 2009
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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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