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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Primary Phase (Original BBC Radio Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160283511X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602835115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The Earth is scheduled for demolition on a quiet Thursday afternoon, and Everyman Arthur Dent and his galactic guide, Ford Prefect, are lucky enough to catch a timely ride on a Vogon construction ship. So begins this quirky, intelligent sci-fi series, which first took the world by storm as a phenomenally successful BBC Radio series in 1978. The original full-cast performances and playful script sound positively gleeful and as irreverent as ever with a fresh digital remastering by ace British producer Dirk Maggs, who subtly mixed in new sound effects that were too costly or not available in the 1970s. For the longtime fan this recording will be like listening to an old friend. And for the neophyte looking to sample Douglas Adams's gentle comic genius, this is the perfect place to start. B.P. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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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.

Customer Reviews

For any lovers of Adams' HGTTG series, I recommend buying this version.
Daddy
That being said, I think it beneficial to read the book (if you haven't already) prior to listening to the CD's, so that you know the basic story line.
Glenn J. Saylor Jr.
It's really funny how the plot makes so little sense, while making so much sense.
Miguel A Spain

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on November 8, 2005
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This is the original BBC radio series (I know I have an old cassette copy from the early 1908's). The radio series was first, then the book, then the TV series, and now the movie. In my opinion the radio series was the best. It has all of the great lines my friend love to quote. The actors are wonderful. The sound effects make you feel like you are right there with Arthur and Ford exploring the universe. Highly recommend it. Great way to pass the time while you are driving to work.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Glenn J. Saylor Jr. on July 20, 2008
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This 3 CD package contains the original six episodes--they call them "fits"--of the BBC Radio series broadcast in 1978. Each fit is approximately 30 minutes long. There are 7-13 tracks per fit, so that you can quickly and easily go forwards or backwards in any episode--as close to hyperdrive as your going to get. The sound quality is excellent.

As the title of my review indicates, my favorite version of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the radio version. The BBC Radio broadcasts were the first medium through which The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy was introduced to the world, with the books, TV series and film coming later. Peter Jones' performance as the Book is outstanding.

That being said, I think it beneficial to read the book (if you haven't already) prior to listening to the CD's, so that you know the basic story line. I say the basic story line, because the book and the radio version differ on occasions.

Listen to these CD's in your car, and you'll arrive at your destination before you really want to--who needs an Improbability Drive.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Gregson on April 11, 2011
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It's great to hear this series again - however for those who are fussy about these things, you should know that there's about a minute missing from the third part, at the point where the characters land on Magrathea. Originally the characters comment on their surroundings and it's explained that the Magratheans lived underground, while Marvin hums like Pink Floyd in the background. Marvin also plays a fragment of a Beatles song. I'm guessing that this section was removed because of copyright concerns.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Schafer on July 12, 2007
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Of all the incarnations this story has gone through, I still believe that this original BBC radiophonic production is the best!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Formiller on April 14, 2011
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This package collects over 99% of the original BBC radio broadcasts from 1977 and 1978 with good sound quality. The original theme music (The Eagles "Journey of the Sorcerer") at the beginning of each episode has been re-recorded (obviously not by The Eagles) and the announcer introduces each episode as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Primary Phase", then the episode runs exactly like the 1988 audio cassette release. The radio broadcast of episode 3 (or "Fit the Third") included a few seconds of background music from Pink Floyd. The dialogue for this section was not essential to the story, so this episode is slightly shorter than the others. Also, the name of the worst poet in the history of the universe has been scrambled, since it was the actual name of a real poet who threatened legal action after the episode was broadcast. Otherwise, it is as it was. Reviewers who downloaded these episodes complained that the sound quality of the background music was not acceptable. On CD, it is possible to enjoy the sound quality of the background music (mid-1970s avant-guarde electronic music including Terence Riley, Stomu Yamashta, Fripp & Eno, and Tomita). The episodes (2 per disc) are broken down into bite-size tracks, so if you want them to run as complete half-hour episodes on your iPod, you will have to use the "Join CD Tracks" option when you load them into iTunes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Charles Erlandson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I first read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" way back in 1980, shortly after it had come out. At the time I was an aspiring writer who liked science fiction and had a quirky sense of humor and thought: "I can't believe it! This guy's written the novel I want to write - only he's done it better than I ever could have!" Since then, I've read the various other books that have come out, watched a TV version of it, and finally the movie version of it. There's nothing else quite like it, and it's filled with a galaxy filled with memorable and improbable humor!

If you haven't met Zaphod Beeblebrox or Marvin the Paranoid Android, or the meaning to life, the universe, and everything, then this CD set would be a great way to experience them for yourselves.

The TV version had such sorry props and a low-budget feel that it wasn't nearly as good as the book. The movie was better than the TV series, but still underwhelming.

Just recently, on a long vacation car trip, I listened to the original BBC radio series for the first time. I thought, "Well I'll probably enjoy it more than the CDs on philosophy or World War II history that I'd contemplated. And I'll probably like it better than the lame TV series and disappointing movie, but I'd better not get my hopes up compared to the book."

But I was wrong! If anything, these audio CDs are even better than the book. This is curious to me, because I learn, for example, much better by reading than by hearing and usually get much less out of a book on tape or CD than if I could read it for myself. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the audio CDs were at least as hilarious as the book.

This got me to thinking further: why were the books and radio series so much better than the TV series or movie?
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