- 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 (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Complete BBC Radio Series Audio CD – Box set, Audiobook
A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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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.
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.
Five stars for the content, one star off for the BBC not managing to label the discs correctly.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've listened to all of them at least 4 times. Great on long car trips.Published 12 months ago by Tracey M.
Would I get as many comics pages drawn if I'd never had this? Stick in the earphones, drift along with Douglas Adams' bemused characters, throughout the whole radio series - and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by I Got Popcorn
I used to listen to this as a young teen every Sunday with my father as we drove through the country, and it is just as wonderful now as it was back then. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Russ Schmidt
Love this production, it is very fun to listen too. As someone else mentioned, the 2nd and 3rd CDs on the first season are mixed up.Published on January 19, 2014 by M. White
I bought this shortly after reading the first book in the series. After listening to the first two fits (or episodes), I found it to be far superior to the book. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Joshua
Great series, great production and sound quality.
I rank it highly because I like the series and this version is the best.
This is the funniest audio book type thing I have EVER listened to! It WILL make you laugh, possibly out loud in a crowded airport like it did me!Published on April 17, 2013 by Adrian
It arrived in time for Christmas and the recipient is thrilled with the quality of the gift. I only wish there was a way to track the package.Published on December 28, 2012 by Linda S. Spangler