The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Tertiary Phase

Version: Unabridged
Author: Douglas Adams
Narrator: A Full Cast
Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature, Comedy
Publisher: Audio Partners
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 10 minutes
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The brand new third installment of Douglas Adams's classic time travel tale, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Tertiary Phase, is now available on audio. The long-awaited CD-which revives the BBC's popular radio series with this new six-part dramatization of Adams's book Life, the Universe and Everything-features 25 minutes of exclusive and previously unheard footage and features the author himself playing the role of Agrajag. The plot picks up where the second radio series left off: Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect escape from prehistoric Earth on a time-traveling sofa while a pack of homicidal robots blow up Lords Cricket Ground. Armed only with a rabbit bone, a worn dressing gown, and a spaceship that looks remarkably like an Italian bistro, Arthur embarks on an intergalactic journey to save the universe. Several members of the original BBC Radio 4 cast reunited for this special audio production, including Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android. Richard Griffiths, Chris Langham, Joanna Lumley, and cricket commentators Fred Trueman and Henry Blofeld also star in this brilliant satire replete with incisive comedic wit.

Reviews (10)

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Written by Mickey Way on September 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

This version was VERY disappointing. I've been a Hitchhiker fan from way back when the book first came out in the late 70's, early 80's. I have the original radio broadcast of the HHGTTG and RATEOTU on vinyl and was excited to discover this, the third book, since I never came across the radio version of LTUAE on any format. The voice characters are the same from the original, but the radio script for this one has been altered TOO much, taking away the foundation of the original story. And they over embellish everything with extra noises and sounds that actually distract your attention. The best audio version of the Trilogy was read by Stephen Moore, and unfortunately, the only way you can get this set is to get your DeLorean, equipped with either a Flux Capacitor or a Mr. Fission, up to 88 MPH and set the clock for 1983.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Tertiary Phase

Written by Tiffany Hughes on April 17th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I thought the story was ridiculous. Listening to this was a waste of time.


Written by Anonymous on June 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this - it's a little hard to follow if you haven't read the books, but I thought the actors were great and it was very funny!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Tertiary Phase

Written by Beverly Edgmon on March 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I hated it. It was difficult for me to listen. I must not be as much as fan of science fiction as I thought.

Too weird for me.

Written by KJY from San Diego, CA on November 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I couldn't get into this book. It was just too strange for me. I had heard great things about it, but after about half an hour of listening, I called it quits!

Guide 2

Written by Anonymous from Alpharetta, GA on August 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A bit difficult to follow, this cd is a series of short skits. Lacks the story line of the novel. However, it is generally amusing if you like the author's brand of sarcasm.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Tertiary Phase

Written by Anonymous from Crown Point, IN on December 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was fabulous! I just love the Hitchhiker series. Very entertaining and made me want to move on to the next book. Cool format too!

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - BBC production

Written by Talmadge V Vessels Jr on November 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Delightful performance. Some difficulty in following the characters at times, but they are quickly identified by the second sentence. An adventure worth taking (as long as Earth is still here to come back to when you are done). Enjoyed the trip.

Not as good as the first radio series

Written by Anonymous from Centerville, MN on October 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I'm a HUGE fan of the original radio series and the first three Hitchhiker's books. I even liked the cruddy BBC TV show quite a lot! The series has pretty clearly run out of steam, though. The Tertiary phase is a little strained, the cast doesn't seem to mesh as well, and it relies too much on narration to move the action along. If you are a big Hitchhiker's fan, it's worth a rental, but not by much. I certainly wouldn't purchase it.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Written by Anonymous on July 31st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Just was so innane. Could not get past the first chapter. Insulted my intelligence! Don't bother

Author Details

Author Details

Adams, Douglas

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952, educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge where, in 1974 he gained a BA (and later an MA) in English literature.

He was creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxywhich started life as a BBC Radio 4 series. Since its first airing in March 1978 it has been transformed into a series of best-selling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game and several stage adaptations.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's phenomenal success sent the book straight to Number One in the UK Bestseller List and in 1984 Douglas Adams became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan. He won a further two (a rare feat), and was nominated - though not selected - for the first Best of Young British Novelists awards.

He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (1984); and Mostly Harmless (1992). The first two books in the Hitchhiker series were adapted into a 6 part television series, which was an immediate success when first aired in 1982. Other publications include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (1988). In 1984 Douglas teamed up with John Lloyd and wrote The Meaning of Liff and after a huge success The Deeper Meaning of Liff followed this in 1990). One of Douglas�s all-time personal favourites was written in 1990 when he teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine and wrote Last Chance to See � an account of a world-wide search for rare and endangered species of animals.

He sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia and was also a best seller in German, Swedish and many other languages.

Douglas was a founding director of h2g2, formerly The Digital Village, a digital media and Internet company with which he created the 1998 CD-ROM Starship Titanic, a Codie Award-winning (1999) and BAFTA-nominated (1998) adventure game.

Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 of a sudden heart attack. He was 49. He had been living in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and daughter, and at the time of his death he was working on the screenplay for a feature film version of Hitchhiker.