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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase (Full-Cast Dramatization) Audio CD – Audiobook, October 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602833060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602833067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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This final installment of Douglas Adams's offbeat radio drama about hitchhiker Arthur Dent reunites the cast from the original BBC production. They may be--eek!--25 years older, but happily they're none the wiser. Arthur Dent, played as ever by Simon Jones, is searching several galaxies for his lost love, but that won't help you follow the plot. Instead, revel in the intentionally clunky sound effects and admire the cast's ability to pronounce things like "Stavrolmula Beta," the name of a very nasty planet. Through the magic of digital technology, the production includes the late Douglas Adams in the voice of an unhinged creature named Agrajag. This production will make you grin from beginning to end. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Store Hadji on October 9, 2005
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This is the superb final BBC radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this one adapting Douglas Adams' final book Mostly Harmless. It features the same creators and cast from the recent Tertiary and Quandary Phases (which means that most of the original cast from the 1978 to 1980 radio shows appear.)

While the book itself was a major disappointment, the radio adaption manages to be funny, interesting, thought-provoking and very satisfying. The writers have focused the story, created new scenes, included characters which Adams had apparently forgotten about over the course of the "trilogy," brilliantly converted the novel's rambling prose into dialogue and guide entries, stayed true to Adams' original intentions while simultaneously improving them considerably, and have created a new epilogue for the story which takes us beyond what Adams ever wrote and ties up the entire saga in a way so clever and sweet as to make a grown man cry. Such a brilliant adaption stands in stark contrast with the abysmal, dumbed-down script which was used for the recent film. THIS is the way to adapt a Hitchhiker's book.

Since the book concerns a parallel Earth and features two versions of the character Trillian (each from a different continuity in improbability,) it's of particular fan interest that the two Trillians are played by Susan Sheridan, the original radio actress, and Sandra Dickinson, who created the role for BBC television. As in the Tertiary Phase, Douglas Adams himself appears as Agrajag. I won't spoil the surprise of who else shows up.

As with all the previous radio entries, it's odd, brilliant, confusing and dense enough to warrant an immediate second listening, and has enough depth to offer new discoveries several listenings later.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William E. Learn on October 25, 2006
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Well, that about wraps it up for...

Arthur Dent

Ford Prefect and

Trillian

...not to mention the galaxy of other characters who have appeared - even if only for a line or two - on the BBC radio series that has built a global and intensely loyal following for the past 28 years.

"There's nothing penultimate about this one: this - ladies and gentlemen - is the proverbial it."

Finally, there is closure. A conclusion that this listener has longed for ever since the original THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY invaded my awareness in 1981.

And what a conclusion! At the risk of spoiling it for other Hitchhiker wannabe's, BBC4 and Dirk Maggs have managed to remain faithful to Douglas Adams' final installment to the inaccurately numbered trilogy of books, spawned from the original radio series and then respawning into new radio shows. Go to their web for some priceless photos and other cool stuff: [...]

And yet, there's more. The book was as dark as the space encompassing the outer eastern rim of the galaxy, and closed on a note that I'd swear was written by Marvin, the paranoid android. A series that the Beeb billed as "light entertainment" can't leave its audience that depressed and morose, now can it?

As I listened to the last episode of the fifth series, I awaited the darkness of the book's conclusion. When I read the book, MOSTLY HARMLESS, on which this radio series was based, I wondered if Adams was so annoyed with the insatiable appetite of readers and listeners that he decided to dispense with his much beloved characters once and for all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. DeTrano on March 14, 2008
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Finally, the HHGG radio series is complete. This story needs THIS cast and THIS medium to truly come to life (the movie can't hold a candle to this production). The ending is more upbeat than the book, but is just the kind of finale the show needs after 30 years in the making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Scullin on February 4, 2012
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First came the radio shows (and I still have the tapes), then the television series and then the movie - and somewhere in there came the books. The radio show are the best. I did not buy the entire five volume trilogy at one time but I recommend doing that. I now have all five and they remain as fantastic and funny as they were the first time around. This is great material for driving across country because it requires the listener to pay attention for fullest enjoyment. But the great thing is that one can play the entire series over and over and there will always be something new and the entertainment level never wears thin.

For another side of Douglas Adams read "Last Chance to See." There is a used copy for a penny right now.
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