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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: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504191
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 14.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The complete audio CD box set. This beautiful boxed set contains the superb radio show dramatisations of all five Hitch Hiker's Guide books, all very well presented inside a magnetically sealed lift up lid. A great radio comedy SciFi series which perhaps drops a notch with the final three series made after Douglas Adams (and some of the original cast) had died. So there's no Douglas Adams working over-time updating the gags from the final three books for radio, as he did modifying the radio gags for the first & only BBC TV series to suit the visual medium. However John Lloyd, who helped out Douglas Adams with the scripts for the 1978 first series and the 1981 BBC TV season, was also involved in the later radio series and they are certainly of a high standard. As there's 27 years between the first and last season, it's no surprise that many missed the later or earlier seasons when first broadcast, so it's great for fans to get them all together in one package.

Inside there's three triple CD cases, which are the first three radio broadcast seasons; The Primary Phase: 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [first broadcast 1978]', The Secondary Phase: 'The Restaurant at the end of the universe [1980]' and The Tertiary Phase: 'Life, the universe and everything [2004]' - with each Phase having three audio CDs and a neat 6 page booklet. This is followed by the three single CD cases: The Quandary Phase (2 CDs: 'So long, and thanks for all the fish [2005]'), The Quintessential Phase (2 CDs: 'Mostly Harmless [2005]', the final series dramatisation with 40 extra minutes over the broadcast version).
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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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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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