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


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Hear an excerpt from BBC Audiobooks America's full-cast, 14-CD presentation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. [MP3]

Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Audio Theater edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602834792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602834798
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Tuffy Rickabaugh
Get The Hitchhikers Guide BBC radio series and take a millenium to chill out and listen to it.
R. Gilmore
It's been great to listen to it and it's very much treasured.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tuffy Rickabaugh on December 10, 2008
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After finally getting around to listening to Quandary and Quintessential CDs from this set I found both are actually extended versions that are a vast improvement over the original 30-minute radio broadcasts that I have heard previously.

Quandary and Quintessential phases in the original 30 minute radio format seem rushed and feel incomplete due to time constraints required to meet the 30 minute length. The extended versions of Quandary and Quintessential in this collection fill in all the missing gaps and make listening truly satisfying. The extra cut in Quandary alone add up to over 23 minutes!

A must have for any H2G2 fan.

Original Review:

I purchased this set to condense my own copies spread over Cd's, tape and MP3s. Packaging is all paper/paperboard so that aspect comes up short since it will deteriorate with use. Primary and Secondary phases have been remixed/edited so they are not the exact original radio show and some purists might not be happy. With cast and track listing for each phase but no other extras or info except the Douglass Adams interview. If you already own these on CD there is no reason to upgrade. If you have old tapes or low rez MP3s the Amazon price is well worth it and you should upgrade.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stuart Cheshire on March 11, 2012
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Before listening to this, note that discs 2 and 3 of the Secondary Phase are mislabeled. The one imprinted "Secondary Phase Disc 2 of 3" is actually disc 3, and the one imprinted "3 of 3" is actually disc 2. Because the audio itself doesn't contain any mention of episode numbers, the mistake may not be immediately obvious when you're listening, until partway through (the apparent) "disc 2" you realize that either the plot isn't making sense or you must have missed something. Given that even under ideal circumstances the phrase "plot isn't making sense or you must have missed something" generally describes much of listening to Hitchhikers anyway, the mistake may not be at all evident on first listening. Or third listening. So make sure to relabel your discs 2 and 3 so that you listen to them in the correct order.

Five stars for the content, one star off for the BBC not managing to label the discs correctly.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Heys on December 3, 2008
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I read Douglas Adams' books with a friend when we were teenagers over 20 year agos but I didn't realize how much better they were as they were originally broadcast on the BBC. The plot lines are so tangled and the allusions so quick, you can listen to them over and over again and still feel like you're catching more each time.

A friend of mine said that he had a hard time following the Quintessential Phase while he was driving. All I could say was - listen to it again! I've listened to some discs 2 or 3 times before I got even "most" of the jokes.

Unlike movies that you rarely want to see twice, never mind 3 or 4 times, the Hitchhiker Guides can be enjoyed over and over again and still not get old.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Norton on December 9, 2010
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On Wednesday, March 8th, 1978, listeners to BBC Radio 4 first learned about what is perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy.

Now, you can own the complete BBC Radio series and hear how it all started.

Much of the early material presented here comes before the books, before the TV series and definitely before the movie.

If you think you know it all, think again.

The primary and secondary phases of the radio series will be somewhat familiar, but, especially in the secondary phase, Arthur, Ford Prefect and the other characters are taken in a completely different direction from the books or the movie.

In the secondary phase, join Zaphod as he visits Wormhole Disco. Follow Arthur, Ford Prefect and the rest as they visit the planet Brontitol (not sure of the spelling), and hear Arthur's reaction as he sees a 15-mile high statue of himself.

See who else they meet up with on Brontitol.

You'll get to meet some characters that you won't find in the books, TV series or the movie.

Don't expect total continuity between the original radio series and the more modern continuation. There are differences which could not totally be reconciled.

However, don't let this stop you from enjoying the ride as you hitchhike the galaxy for less then30 Altairian Dollars a day. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this romp through the galaxy that you'll never forget. Make sure you know where your towell is, and, above all, don't panic!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ben on May 22, 2012
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I am a fan of the Guide and was looking forward to receiving this set. As soon as I received it I ripped them to my pc so I could transfer it to an mp3. It wasn't until a few hours later that I realized the disc information Windows Media Player had download for the discs was wrong, mislabeling a lot of the individual tracks. Took hours to sort out. Also, labeling of disc 2 and 3 of the Tertiary phase are switched with each other (2 is 3, 3 is 2).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rumpuscat on October 27, 2011
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My husband is legally blind and we are both huge fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He bought me the complete leather bound book and I felt bad that he couldn't read it, so I went to Amazon to see if they had any audio on the Hitchhiker's. I found this and it is true to the book that I am reading. We compare notes to see if the Audio CD is following the book and we have NO complaints at all! My husband is just sooo happy that he can listen to his favorite book now and I would recommend this to anyone who is visually impaired or who wants to add to their collection. A must have!!
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