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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quandary Phase (Dramatised) Performance

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quandary Phase (Dramatised)

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Publisher's Summary

Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's saga returns once again with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, the fourth book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'. The Earth has miraculously reappeared and, even more miraculously, Arthur Dent has found it. Returning to his cottage after...well...ages, he falls in love with the girl of his dreams.

But Ford Prefect is onto something which might well burst Arthur's bubble. There is, after all, something very fishy about his girlfriend's feet, and what has happened to all the dolphins? Perhaps, at last, all will be revealed in God's Last Message to His Creation....

Simon Jones returns as Arthur, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford, and Stephen Moore as Marvin. William Franklyn is the Book, and there is a whole host of famous guest stars.

This extended edition features 30 minutes of material not heard on BBC Radio 4.

Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy".

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

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    Lee Grant 23/07/2013
    Lee Grant 23/07/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Does what the book doesn't & blends perfectly..."

    So Long & Thanks For All The Fish is quite a tough read but Dirk Maggs and his team have really slapped it into shape and made a very, very good and enjoyable version for our consumption.

    Essentially the Earth that Arthur was rescued from (a few moments before it was destroyed by the Vogons) has popped back into existence again. Life on the planet is much the same as before with one major exception - the dolphins have gone.

    The critical thing about Maggs' slapping is that he hasn't changed too much and it blends perfectly with all the other HGTTG audiobooks - you have listened to the others haven't you? For heavens sake don't start with this one otherwise your head will explode...probably!

    The usual cast provide strong performances as usual and as this book features the character of Arthur Dent more than the others then it really gives Simon Jones a chance to stretch Arthur a little further than we've heard/seen before.

    Jane Horrocks is fab as Fenchurch but I particularly enjoy Geoff McGivern's furniture wrecking scene and a nice cameo by David Dixon who played Ford Prefect in the BBC TV series of HGTTG.

    Quality stuff...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ch3nz 08/04/2013
    Ch3nz 08/04/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    read the book. the dramatised version just as good. really enjoyable. not much needs to be said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 02/09/2016
    Peter 02/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "42"

    You never want it to end. :) It's brilliant and funny and the cast is superb. What more can you wish for?

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    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 07/11/2015
    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 07/11/2015 Member Since 2016

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    "Another fine performance"

    This instalment is as good as the ones gone before. Looking forward to the next one.

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    The Hitchhiker 10/03/2015
    The Hitchhiker 10/03/2015
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    "Worst of them all."

    Douglas Adams once said that, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, was "his worst work" He wrote it during a low period, and didn't give it his best.
    Well If that's how he write badly, he can do no wrong in my eyes.

    It was a brilliant book, yes a turn away from the normal guide, but all the better for it. The pictures it painted were wonderful.
    With such characters as, Fenchurch, Murray Bost Henson and Anji's stiffly primed work mate, made it a delight to listen too
    The only problem I found with the book was that it wasn't long enough.

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    L. Allen 01/08/2016
    L. Allen 01/08/2016
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    "Corrupted file, unplayable"
    What disappointed you about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quandary Phase (Dramatised)?

    It's a good job I have the books as I have no idea what this audible version is like because it won't download due to the file being corrupted. I am hoping I can get a refund of this and all the other books in the HHG series as there's no point in not having one part of this epic five part trilogy missing from the set.


    What will your next listen be?

    Nothing, I am cancelling my audible account as soon as I get a refund


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I wouldn't know, the file didn't play


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author


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  • W. Seligman
    upstate NY USA
    13/10/05
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    "Getting Better"

    This is the fourth in the BBC Radio adaptations of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series of books. Except that the first two BBC radio productions were the originals, and Adams wrote the first two HHG books based on the series. However, the third through fifth BBC radio adaptations are based on the three HHG books that Adams wrote after his first two books, but before the last three radio series. If that's not clear, consult any popular reference work on temporal causality.

    To put this review in context, I ask that you read my Audible review of the previous BBC dramatization, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Tertiary Phase." Go ahead, I'll wait.

    I see you're back. The "Quandary Phase" contains a four-episode radio series that's an adaptation of Adams' book "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish," the fourth book in the story of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

    Let me ease any concerns you may have after reading another reviewers' comments on the "Tertiary Phase." I had no difficulties purchasing the "Quandary Phase" from Audible, and I live in the US.

    The first two episodes in the BBC radio dramatization suffer from the same problems I mentioned in my review of the "Tertiary Phase": I feel that they're over-produced, with too many audio effects layered at once; and that they're too faithful to the written books for a radio production.

    However, the second two episodes reverse both of those issues. Finally, the emphasis is on the characters talking to one another; Adams' wit and humor (or should it be "humour"?) can finally shine through. Also, the presentation is tailored for the radio; some plot elements are re-arranged and presented in a way that's better to suited for listening.

    If I'd purchased this from the UK, as I did the "Tertiary Phase", I probably would have felt it wasn't work the extra expense. But at Audible's lower prices, I recommend it. Listen and enjoy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • david lebo
    22/05/15
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    "Amazing Audio Drama. After ZBS, Meatball Fulton"

    I renewed my Audible account because the Audio Drama. being near 50 Years old, I love audio drama. Thank Audible! they are adding more and more audio drama. I would like to see some of the independent A.D. titles make it to Audible. Great product includes, We're Alive, Levitation Chronicles, and More ZBS/Meatball Fulton.

    <3 Audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raul
    santa fe springs, CA, USA
    13/10/05
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    "great cast in dramatization"

    this is a great cast and solid adaptation of the book so long and thanks for all the fish.
    finally a voice to fenchurch.
    some of the storylines are condensed but it flows great.
    I now have the third, fourth, and fifth books dramatized

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul W. Kreamer
    Philadelphia, PA United States
    08/03/15
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    "Loved it"

    Loved it. The BBC version is outstanding. This is the fourth in the BBC series. The story is better then the third series in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • thomas m.
    25/07/16
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    "My all time favorite"

    My Favorite fiction series of all time. Highly recommend the entire radio series!! Love Douglas Adams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farrell
    Colorado Springs, CO, United States
    19/07/16
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    "Short and sweet"

    Not as smooth as the earlier phases. However, still a great way to spend a few hours. Zany.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Denemy
    27/02/16
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    "all BBC phases of this book are my fav"

    love it, love it, love it. I was able to borrow the H2G2 BBC Radio version on cassette from a teacher and feel in love with series when I was in high school and have been trying to obtain since then

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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