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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase Audio Cassette – Audiobook, May 23 2005


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (May 23 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504023
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,748,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas Adams created all manifestations of Hitchhiker's: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, first movie drafts, comic book and bath towel. He died in 2001 and is sadly missed. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This final installment of Douglas Adams's offbeat radio drama about hitchhiker Arthur Dent reunites the cast from the original BBC production. They may be--eek!--25 years older, but happily they're none the wiser. Arthur Dent, played as ever by Simon Jones, is searching several galaxies for his lost love, but that won't help you follow the plot. Instead, revel in the intentionally clunky sound effects and admire the cast's ability to pronounce things like "Stavrolmula Beta," the name of a very nasty planet. Through the magic of digital technology, the production includes the late Douglas Adams in the voice of an unhinged creature named Agrajag. This production will make you grin from beginning to end. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Hitchhiker's began on radio and audio remains the best medium for enjoying the stories. All the original actors are here from the first broadcast (the ones that were still alive anyway.) This one is based on the book "Mostly Harmless" and for fun even uses some of the actors from the '80s BBC TV series. There are also some alternate endings that are much more satisfying than the book or the 6th (non-DNA) novel "And Another Thing..." The sound quality is mind-blowing!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
So Long, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Thanks for All the Fun Oct. 9 2005
By Store Hadji - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the superb final BBC radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this one adapting Douglas Adams' final book Mostly Harmless. It features the same creators and cast from the recent Tertiary and Quandary Phases (which means that most of the original cast from the 1978 to 1980 radio shows appear.)

While the book itself was a major disappointment, the radio adaption manages to be funny, interesting, thought-provoking and very satisfying. The writers have focused the story, created new scenes, included characters which Adams had apparently forgotten about over the course of the "trilogy," brilliantly converted the novel's rambling prose into dialogue and guide entries, stayed true to Adams' original intentions while simultaneously improving them considerably, and have created a new epilogue for the story which takes us beyond what Adams ever wrote and ties up the entire saga in a way so clever and sweet as to make a grown man cry. Such a brilliant adaption stands in stark contrast with the abysmal, dumbed-down script which was used for the recent film. THIS is the way to adapt a Hitchhiker's book.

Since the book concerns a parallel Earth and features two versions of the character Trillian (each from a different continuity in improbability,) it's of particular fan interest that the two Trillians are played by Susan Sheridan, the original radio actress, and Sandra Dickinson, who created the role for BBC television. As in the Tertiary Phase, Douglas Adams himself appears as Agrajag. I won't spoil the surprise of who else shows up.

As with all the previous radio entries, it's odd, brilliant, confusing and dense enough to warrant an immediate second listening, and has enough depth to offer new discoveries several listenings later. I couldn't be happier with how it all came out. Which leads me to wonder...

Why does this have to be the last one? If the producers don't wish to invent their own H2G2 episodes, I hope they turn their attentions to Dirk Gently, Douglas Adams' other comedic book series. A creative unit as successful as this shouldn't stop now.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
So Long... and Thanks! Oct. 25 2006
By William E. Learn - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, that about wraps it up for...

Arthur Dent

Ford Prefect and

Trillian

...not to mention the galaxy of other characters who have appeared - even if only for a line or two - on the BBC radio series that has built a global and intensely loyal following for the past 28 years.

"There's nothing penultimate about this one: this - ladies and gentlemen - is the proverbial it."

Finally, there is closure. A conclusion that this listener has longed for ever since the original THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY invaded my awareness in 1981.

And what a conclusion! At the risk of spoiling it for other Hitchhiker wannabe's, BBC4 and Dirk Maggs have managed to remain faithful to Douglas Adams' final installment to the inaccurately numbered trilogy of books, spawned from the original radio series and then respawning into new radio shows. Go to their web for some priceless photos and other cool stuff: [...]

And yet, there's more. The book was as dark as the space encompassing the outer eastern rim of the galaxy, and closed on a note that I'd swear was written by Marvin, the paranoid android. A series that the Beeb billed as "light entertainment" can't leave its audience that depressed and morose, now can it?

As I listened to the last episode of the fifth series, I awaited the darkness of the book's conclusion. When I read the book, MOSTLY HARMLESS, on which this radio series was based, I wondered if Adams was so annoyed with the insatiable appetite of readers and listeners that he decided to dispense with his much beloved characters once and for all. Was this the final disposition of the everyman hero, Arthur Dent, his hedonistic traveling companion and Guide field researcher Ford Prefect, and the only other survivor of the Earth's demolition, Trillian? As I wondered and listened, I achingly mourned Adams' passing. I'll miss forever his command of the English language - weaving similes and other literary devices into a tapesty that delights the listener/reader as much on the 10th or even 100th time as much as it does on the first. Sure, those words would will last for a long, long time. But there would be nothing new from that well that watered and nourished so many of us over the years.

On a somewhat related tangent, I responded to a query on the IMDB web page for Farhenheit 451 as to what book you would memorize for posterity's sake if that book/movie's scenario came true. No question: the original HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY or any of its sequels.

Back to this CD collection: The producer, director, script-writers, performers and other talented members of the ensemble succeed admirably in this final reunion, ushering radio story-telling well into the 21st Century. Sure, the voices had aged. Some had passed and are dearly missed: Peter Jones as the Book and Richard Vernon as the definitive Slartybartfast. But to hear the final reunion was absolutely golden.

Years ago, when I began my career as a road warrior, I used to tune into CBS Radio's nighttime mystery series on a 50,000 Watt AM radio station. (Hey, this was pre-CDs, way pre- XM or Sirius). There's something about driving down a rural two-lane road in the dark that made those tales that much more spine-tingley.

In like manner, listening to any of the CDs of the BBC Radio4's productions of Adams' work makes the miles fly by so much more easily. Books on tape/CD pale in comparison, in much the same way that a black hole is outshone by a supernova or even a red giant. The sound effects and incidental music add such a rich and complex dimension to the story-telling that is so sadly lacking with all the audio books on the market these days. OK, Ok, the flatulence noice is a bit puerile, but it works so well in the scene.

Douglas Adams is a true artiste whose talents will be appreciated for years to come.

So long... and thanks!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great ending to agreat series March 14 2008
By M. DeTrano - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, the HHGG radio series is complete. This story needs THIS cast and THIS medium to truly come to life (the movie can't hold a candle to this production). The ending is more upbeat than the book, but is just the kind of finale the show needs after 30 years in the making.
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Douglas Adams - genius Feb. 4 2012
By Michael Scullin - Published on Amazon.com
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First came the radio shows (and I still have the tapes), then the television series and then the movie - and somewhere in there came the books. The radio show are the best. I did not buy the entire five volume trilogy at one time but I recommend doing that. I now have all five and they remain as fantastic and funny as they were the first time around. This is great material for driving across country because it requires the listener to pay attention for fullest enjoyment. But the great thing is that one can play the entire series over and over and there will always be something new and the entertainment level never wears thin.

For another side of Douglas Adams read "Last Chance to See." There is a used copy for a penny right now.
Lovely July 13 2014
By Emileigh - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must have for any HHGG fan. I did not realize there were any more productions past the original radio production. I have all the additional phases and am grinning from ear to ear.


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