- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: April 6, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000992AV4
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatized) Audiobook – Original recording
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Not as funny as the original series? Perhaps, but Douglas Adams' books evolved through the years, becoming more philosophically searching (his fascination with the possible comedic implications of quantum mechanics on mere mortals) and less slapstick. And frankly I am pleased that this evolution in tone is carried through to this radio rendition. Though make no mistake, this series is still a comedic romp.
I've just listened to this Teriary Phase and am immediately ordering up the next two Phases courtesy of Amazon.co.uk. It saddens me that author Douglas Adams is no longer with us, but his cast and crew have made the best possible gift of his talents to the rest of the world through this performance. Bravo.
Bottom line: I can't imagine ever listening to these episodes a second time, which to me is the ultimate gauge of whether you should spend this much money to buy audio entertainment (much less invest 3 hours listening to them all). The old episodes on the 4th listening are still more enjoyable than these are on the 1st listening. You can't go home again.
I only heard the first two CDs of the set, and haven't developed the interest to finish. Why?
First, note that the original person who did the voice of the guide died, and the replacement just doesn't compare - at all.
The plot seems to be zany for zany sake, and not funny. The talking mattress doesn't help the plot but is more of a distraction.It's like the author just hobbled the book together in a hurry to make some easy money. I don't think his soul was in it. Too bad, because I would have loved for the series to go on.
The series is directed and developed by a completely different person BUT in my opinion they did a lot better than the people with the movie (and IMO better than Eoin did with And Another thing) did with keeping Adams feel.
The plot follows the basic plot of Life, The Universe, and Everything
though as a bad side effect the order of events in The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Secondary Phase (BBC Radio Collection) are either not acknowledged or, simply dismissed as an episode by Zaphod. This is only small since they sort of did that with the book, but I still wish they would've said more about Lentilla[s].
The series has MOST of the old actors, though the late Peter Jones (obviously) could not play the role of the book.
The impression was pretty good, and I actually used to it after awhile though.(But Peter Jones will ALWAYS be the best guide)
The acting by the original actor's was GREAT, and because of this I can actually listen to it, and PREFER listening to it than reading the book over and over. The only thing I preferred in the book was the editing in the American version, which instead of Wowbagger saying
You're A jerk, A Complete @#&hole
You're a jerk, a complete Kneebiter.
And instead of it being the silver bale was won for the best use of the word ***k in a serious screenplay,
it was for the word Belgium, which was said in Secondary phase to be the most offensive word in the universe.
But besides that I prefer the radio series.
So if you liked the original radio series on Life the Universe, and Everything, then why not give it a try.
I DEMAND THAT YOU MAY... OOOOR MAY NOT enjoy it.
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