The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend.
The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh.
Join Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android in their first series of adventures as they witness the destruction of Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass, stumble upon the ancient planet of Magrathea, dine at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and seek an answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and everything.
Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore and a full supporting cast star in these BBC Radio 4 episodes.
A special 55-minute bonus programme, Douglas Adams's Guide to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, explores the genesis of the radio series and its incredible success, with contributions from the original cast and production team.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 56 minutes|
|Narrator||Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore, full cast|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||14 November 2008|
|Publisher||BBC Worldwide Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 940 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Drama & Plays (Audible Books & Originals)
3 in European Literature
6 in Radio
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I can remember the reverence with which the reel to reel tapes of the show were treated. Exciting times in radio and people forget that the Primary and Secondary phases started off in radio and later became books.
It has rightly become a cult show.
Over the years this show has made it to books, television, stage shows and records but this is the original version (with a slight amendment to remove some of Marvin's humming to avoid possible copyright issues) that Radio 4 broadcast back at the end of the 1970s. It's the series that made Douglas Adams famous. It's the series that puts that movie version to shame.
And at no point does Arthur ever find somewhere where he can have a cup of tea.
This CD release from the BBC is excellent, with a great sound quality far superior to my old somewhat muddy copy. Two episodes per disc on 3 discs, held in a double jewel case. It's a classic, and has been given the decent release it deserves. 5 stars.
Now I've bought the CD, I get the best quality recording and everyone is happy.
My 9yo now goes round humming the theme tune and talking like Marvin. #happydad
It's full of humour and sharp observation and it's still a joy. It is, however, ultimately nihilistic so the laughs come at a cost - but if you are happy to accept sad and empty along with exuberant and zany, you won't be disappointed...