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.
Great performance! Loved it! I listened to this while walking my dogs in the neighborhood, and didn't even care about laughing out loud!
The left side of the brain thinking, outrageous and fun stories. Kind of Monty Python fun
42....and recreation of Earth....and of course the Guide book itself to help explain EVERYTHING ELSE...enjoy and have a good laugh
All of sequels are just AS ENJOYABLE
This is a great set of shows from the very beginning of the Hitchkiker's craze. Plus some bonus material with interviews providing some nice behind the scenes info. Overall very enjoyable.
The Tome Host at thetomeshow.com
This is the story that launched a franchise of telling the same/similar story over and over again.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This is a story about a human that's transported in to space just before the Earth is destroyed. He has many adventures and finds out some surprising information about the origins of the Earth. The story was preformed by a host of players (originally done on the radio) that did a very good job at playing out the story. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours.