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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Secondary Phase (Original BBC Radio Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, February 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Audio Theater edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602835454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602835450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,209 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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miguel A Spain on May 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This was a follow up to his "hit" Science Fiction Radio Series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
I believe it came out a little after the [unfinished by due to deadlines was released anyways] book adaptation of the radio series.
This version follows the events of Primary Phase, where Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are stranded on Prehistoric earth. Also Zaphod Beeblebrox has his own MAJOR plot, with his quest to find Zarniwoop.
The series is IMO just as funny as the previous series, though not as original(since most of the original ideas were in Primary Phase).
This version is something heavily tampered with. Which saddens me.
For one thing, since the book was unfinished the last 2 parts of the radio series were put in the end of the radio adaption of this, ruining any chance of a sequel that actually acknowledged the events here happened(though Tertiary Phase is still really good)
So when they did make a sequel after a few eternities, everything in this series was pretty much just a psychotic episode on Zaphod's part.
This series is REALLY good though despite the problems.
So pick it up if you're a fan of Primary Phase, the 80's TV series, or the Books(and maybe if you're a fan of the movie).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Norton on December 8, 2010
Format: Misc. Supplies
Here it is! The continuation of the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and the rest of the Hitchhiker characters! The next 6 episodes take up where the first phase left off and take you in a completely new direction from the books, TV series or the movie. Some things will be familiar, but, others are completely new. Whether you're a long-time Hitchhiker fan or new to the series, you won't want to miss this unique production from Douglas Adams and the BBC. Get it now! Don't wait! Add it to your cart right now before you forget it! Then, sit back, listen, and, again, most of all, Don't Panic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lind on April 16, 2013
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Took me a bit to sort this out after listening to all three CDs as the story line made no sense at the end of the 3rd CD. The Secondary Phase consists of six episodes (Fits 7th - 12th). Two episodes are on each of the CDs which are labeled 1, 2 and 3 (of 3). The 2nd and 3rd CDs are out of sequence. CD #2 contains the last two episodes and CD #3 contains the middle two episodes. Change the order of the CDs to 1 - 3 - 2, and the episodes are in the proper order. Verified this with Wikipedia synopses of the Secondary Phase episodes. Note that this defect may only be in a production lot (batch) and not all. The 9th episode begins with a short recap followed by Ford, Arthur and Zaphod in conversations with each other on board the Heart of Gold (spacecraft). The 11th episode begins with a recap followed by a conversation between Arthur Dent and Lentila (female archaeologist) on the surface of the planet.

Excellent restoration and transfer of original audio to CD. Nicely divided into 10-12 tracks per episode for playing convenience allowing skipping through to specific scenes like one would with Scenes on a DVD or Blu-ray movie. Join episode tracks together when importing into iTunes library to store as complete episodes.

Deducted a star for the CD/episode sequence issue (on the one I received) - but only one given the excellent audio restoration of a radio program recorded nearly 35 years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trlkly on April 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Unlike the rest, this is completely different from the books. It takes our heroes in a different and hilarious direction. Find out what originally happened before Douglas Adams had to rewrite it.
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I ordered this H2G2 CD version to complete my conversion of my Hitchhiker's 5 part collection to CD format and I am quite happy to have it, now. Douglas Adams' hilarious, yet amazingly profound adventure is an eternal classic at this point, 35 years after its first publication.... and Secondary Phase is an integral part of it....It is in perfect condition, arrived very soon after my order was placed and I, obviously, am delighted to have and listen to it! 5 Stars, for sure!

Mahlon B. Glascock
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MHDv on March 20, 2011
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I heard this on the radio when it first came out. It was from the BBC which had a tradition of being more free thinking than others in what they would let on the air. Adams, as he gained fame, seemed to shirk away from some of the original material, so it is important to get these original BBC broadcasts. I saw the 2005 movie in the theater and thought it stank. Remember: Anyone with ego enough to get elected should by no means be allowed to rule.
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THGG must have been edited to fit in NPR's time format when NPR first broadcast it in the States. This friendly lemon-scented version has quite a few bits that are new to me--and towel-worthy, too. No Belgium here.
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