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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase

(Hitchhiker's Guide BBC Radio Series #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  757 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Many are familiar with Douglas Adams's classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but few know that these books started out as a multi-part series performed on BBC radio. This installment, part four, is a robust radio dramatization of So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. The Earth has miraculously reappeared and Arthur Dent is in love with the otherworldly Fenchurch, ...more
Audio CD, Dramatization edition; unabridged
Published October 25th 2005 by BBC Audiobooks (first published May 23rd 2005)
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Jen
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly my favorite phase, slightly more down to Earth than other installments, but I absolutely adore Fenchurch.
Ian Lepine
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Quandary Phase has the lowest rating of the whole series, but most scientists have come to the conclusion that this opinion is based on three things:
ignorance
stupidity
nothing else.

The only problem with it is that it's shorter than the other phases, but it makes up by containing some of the most memorable passages of the whole series, like God's final message to his creation, written in fire in letters thirty feet high on the far side of the Quentulus Quazgar Mountains in the land of Sevorbeu
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Alex
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I always remembered So Long and Thanks For All the Fish as being the weakest of the trilogy, but I didn't remember it being this weak. I think that a lot of the problem with this adaptation by Dirk Maggs was in reducing the episode count from 6 to 4 which doesn't allow time for the story to breathe. But then, is there really a story anyway? Is there even a central concept or idea to this or is it just an attempt to find something for the Hitchhiker's characters to do, throwing in a Hitchhiker's ...more
Adrian
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
This fourth phase was always going to feel a little rushed after they reduced it to 4 episodes rather than 6; however they manage to do the story (So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish) justice.

We continue to follow the adventures of Arthur Dent as he finds the Earth has miraculously not been destroyed by the Vogon constructor fleet. Back on Earth he falls in love, wonders where all the dolphins went, and begins a quest to find God's final message. Oh, and more importantly, we have a final encoun
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Andrew Bulthaupt
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, dna
I listened to this via Audible.

The fourth part of the Hitchhiker's Guide radio play covers a lot of ground since our protagonists saved the universe previously. It turns out that the Earth isn't blown up, and Arthur Dent makes his way back to it. Comedy, hijinks, and love-making ensue.

It's a nice departure and sees a bit of a shift in tone, which isn't a bad thing by any means. I enjoyed it a great deal and look forward to the next part!

If you're still reading these reviews and not listening to
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Alan
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating between 3.5 and 4

a good adaptation of the 4th hitchhikers book i think.
different to the other stories as this is a smaller more intimate story centred on arthur dent and his new love fenchurch.
the interludes with ford were okay and served to stop the story getting too far away from the world of the guide.
the final episode with the final appearance of marvin (still played by stephen moore) was a touching reunion for arthur as well as a teary good bye to the miserable bugger.

overall definit
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Jim Mason
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Leanne
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Still as crazy as ever.
Gary Mcfarlane
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is like a grapefruit. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Markus
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, humor
Somehow, they really fucked with the romance's pacing and it feels very wrong to me
Sytze Hiemstra
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun!
Steve Mitchell
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: radio-shows
The fourth series of the radio version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is based on the fourth novel, whereas the first two novels were based upon the first two radio series.
Michael
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it
The Hitchhiker’s radio adaptations continue with the fourth installment in the trilogy, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish.

This one is funny and amusing, but the weaknesses inherint in the book are on display here—namely too much focus on Arthur. Part of the fun of Hitchhhiker’s is all the zany characters and you get the feeling Adams was tiring of the series at this point as characters such as Ford, Marvin and Trillian only have glorified cameos at best. This radio adapation does slim things d
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Michael Clemens
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
This feels like a romantic comedy shoe-horned into the "Hitchhicker's" universe. Adams essentially hit the giant "reset" switch on many of the events from the first story here, losing the general lunatic tone and style of the original. Arthur moons and swoons through most of the story, but little else, almost as if Adams was feeling sorry for all the trouble he'd been put through (or, I suspect, he was tired of writing the character.) This Phase of the radio drama is considerably shorter than pr ...more
Laura
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
In which Arthur returns to Earth finds love. WAIT wasn't Earth destroyed ???
And yet here Earth is. Even though Arthur has been gone for years only months have passed.
Arthur investigates this confusion and searches for others who experience this.
Not as funny as previous audio products but still better than the book. (Thanks For All the Fish)
Remind me to feed fish to the next dolphin I meet.
Maura
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
This is the radio play version of So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. good, except they added in things to make it sound more current, like going on about cell phone ring tones. which is stoopid since some of the plot still hinges on Arthur not having an answering machine, so it's in a definite decade, you know?
Anna
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
"romantic comedy" bits were boring, original zany charas having just lil cameos was sad, but this was still more interesting than the book itself

Also kudos on the updated jokes, such as the one about mobile phones & custom ringtones
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Kerry
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This one must have been written a lot more recently than the first ones. They talk about "cell phones" a lot. (Why not "mobile phones," though? I thought British people called them "mobiles.")

I missed Zaphod.
Min
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This adventure was closer to the spirit of the original book. An odd, improbable journey, without over-complicating the strange, or the illogical.
The story is told in a much more straight-forward way than the Tertiary episode. Easy to follow, and charming.
Bob
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Likes: These really are a lot of fun. Think Monty Python with jokes about modern physics.

Dislikes: Kind of specific in appeal. Think Monty Python with jokes about modern physics.
Clara
Spectacular - listening to the whole BBC audio series far outstrips even the pleasure of reading the books
David Grimaud
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
A continuation of the theme. The gags stay with you. I love the "truck driver as rain god. "So long, and thanks for the fish!"
Carly Svamvour
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this one. The audio I listened to is better - it tells this part of the story in a much noisier way - not as distracting as the others.
Annmarie
Well... I made it through all of the radio plays. Didn't enjoy them quite as much as I thought I would. The performances were excellent, but... I don't know, the stories just didn't grab me.
kimyunalesca
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
finally! some lead to go on
Steven
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as funny as the other Hitchhiker's plays but still funnier than almost anything else ... and it features the tragic death of the greatest manic/depressive robot in existence ...
Veronica Smyth
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
It was an okay book. I do want to read the first book as I think some of the enjoyment from this one was lost in reading the books out of order.
Mike
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun audiobook, bubble gum for the mind. Do read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" first or you won't get all the weird references needed to understand what is going on.
Tina
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic!!
Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have saw the serial and the movies and read the books individually and as omnibus and different sets, hardback, still in my library, says a lot. Date wrong, just saw it to review. also listened to radio ones of course
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was ...more

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