Highly recommended for those that don't get it.
Nothing compares, truly unique.
Marvin will make you laugh.
This book defined my development into an adult.
For those of you that don't get it when your friends make jokes about H2G2, this is an easy way to get the idea. I warn you that once you get a taste you will be hooked. It is a tragedy that Adams didn't live to see the iPad. If Steve Jobs had hired Adams to design the iPad we would have the perfect device.
Humor, witty-ness, well dramatised, Good story, moves right along. Imaginative. Very upbeat, great pace, read clearly.
hilarious and witty
I want more of this!
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Maybe I shouldn't have first read this book in my 40s. Maybe it would have made more sense or had more meaning had I read it in middle school, when I had friends who raved about it. This just didn't do it for me. Moving on.
The dramatization was distracting and made it harder to follow the story. The audio mix was awkward and made listening in the car very difficult as some characters spoke from one side of the car, some from the other. With road noise, and even with a decent, though not amazing, stereo system, you still need narration out of all speakers to truly hear it very well.
This has the worst audio I've ever heard on audible. Although the sound quality was bad and the constantly changing volume level was the worst thing. I couldn't even finish the first chapter. luckily I only paid $2 for the book.
a gripping intelligent adventure that makes no apologies for its science theory based high level indulgences. thank you Douglas for engaging me whole-y
This is the first few hours ("primary phase") of the original radio version of the Hitchhiker's Guide, followed by commentary from some of the people involved. Be warned, for those who are familiar with the books, it's not the whole first book of the series.
The story is creative, charming and funny.
The audio, however is a bit of a mess. The actor's voices are great, but the sound effects frequently overwhelm what they're saying. There were portions of it I just couldn't make out. Admittedly, I was listening it in a car through an earpiece for my phone, so that didn't help anything, but I expect it would take a pretty good audio system for the sound effects to not be a problem.
This is still worth getting if you're a fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide, but plan on needing a quiet place with good audio to make out this portion of the series, and realize that there are another four phases to get the whole radio drama.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
The books I read years ago and wanted to revisit the series. Unbeknownst to me as it turns out, the Hitchhiker’s Guide first appeared in the form of a radio play and so this does not sound like an adaptation. It is clear that this is the original version. It is fresh and brand new.
My one criticism is not with the material but with the sound effects. I found the various echoes and reverbs to be an obstruction to understanding the material. At times, the listener has to put up with sound effects that are as loud as the dialog. This becomes more of a deterrent to understanding, not an enhancement.
The full cast performance is wonderful and strikes precisely the right tone for the material.
I don't know. Maybe it's just easier to READ this story, than to listen to it. I enjoyed the written books years ago, kinda enjoyed the movie, but I just couldn't get into the audiobook version. I actually stopped listening and switched to another book completely.
Trillion!!! I like bright, sassy female characters.
I REALLY liked the fact that each character was portrayed by different actors. That made it a bit easier to listen.
Boredom. Sleepiness. Slight agitation.
I'm glad I got this on sale! I'd be frustrated if I'd spent my monthly credit. I'm only out a few bucks, so no big deal. Of course, your enjoyment may vary. (TIP: Listen to the free preview first)
I confess up front that I've read the book and seen the movie, and more than once at that.
Obviously then, I knew the story was 5 star, and I realized by the length of this audio book that it wasn't the complete work, but I wanted to see how BBC had done the original broadcast. I must say, they did a great job. Well engineered and with a great cast of voices.
The interview at the end was also enlightening and gave some insight into the oddball man that Douglas Adams was.
If you've never listened to or heard of the Hitchhiker's Guide before, I recommend you get the complete work or read the book. If, however, you are like me and have familiarity with the book already, then you will find this work quite enjoyable.