Yes. I have. All of the above.
The Guide. Peter Jones cracks me up in everything I've seen / heard him in. I just watched an old Midsommer Murders episode in which he is a very minor character who stole the show,
Yes, as much as I can get of Simon Jones, Peter Jones, Stephen Fry [the uncredited whale is genius], and all the rest.
I did. The radio drama is much better and movies or tv.
As some other reviewers have noted, it is very difficult to adjust for the differences in sound levels from actor to actor, particularly when listening on the go. Were this corrected, the recording would be perfect. WHAT a cast of stars with cutting edge and dead brilliant material. The add on "making of" piece was a nice treat.
Not a dull moment and uproarious too. Cast of characters wonderfully acted by actors of repute as well, as may surprise you, intelligence.
I have loved this since high school. That was over 20 years ago.nthey story stands the test of times radio plays are a great way to get this story, probably the best way!
I first listened to the radio broadcast of Hitchhiker's in 1980. It was only aired once and served as my introduction to the books, TV series, and all things Douglas Adams. It was such a pleasure to find the original version, tidied up, and available to listen to again. I cannot say enough about the casting or the humor that stills tickles me today. If you have never experienced laugh out loud science fiction, this is the genre at it's very finest. Do yourself a favor and get this broadcast today!
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
This is a fun way to revisit the book in an abbreviated amount of time. Nothing compares to the book, but many of the most memorable comical scenes are here in the original radio show. A must for the die-hard Douglas Adams fan!
It's old. It's still funny. It's Douglas. The only thing that would have made this recording better would have been Alan Rickman as the Robot (which he was in the TV version!). Introduced my nephew (11 yrs) to Douglas with this recording and he loved it.
The characterisations are great. Film runs the risk of ruining your own imagined cahracters after reading the book. But audio is quite safe.
Read the book first
A worthy blast from the past
If they had used the BBC radio script, the movie they made a few years back would have been much better and funnier. I still have the original 6 audio tape collection of the entire series. It may slow down in some parts, but as a whole it a great piece of space humor. This was well worth the 1 credit.
Don't Panic. Laugh
Humor, philosophy, insight, scientific silliness. The craft of word, and use of the language to mean something other than the obvious. These books affected my sense of humor more than almost anything.
Great actors, all around. I grew up listening to the LP version that was edited down and re-recorded. I have to say, the LP version is slightly better acted, but this version has more to it. I am listening to the 5 part series for the first time, since I didn't know they had dramatized the whole thing. The actors are perfect and any subsequent actors just weren't as good.
Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. I did almost cry the other night when I thought about how Douglas Adams died at such a young age. But the story is funny and very original.
Listen. It's way better than the tv show or the movie. The books are also great, but this is great radio. If only more radio sounded this good, 30 years + later.
The audio book is one of my first and I am hooked and very lazy on the reading front at the moment! So much nicer having people tell the story:)
Apart from that Hitchhikers Guide did not let me down. It is an amazing story I just wish it could have been the whole book at once and not just a part...