The book was difficult enough to understand, but the audio version was unintelligible at times. The audio effects drowned out the words and were annoying.
The audio quality is no good. It's a shame, but the date does show. Also, the last hour or so is not part of the story, but the story of how the recording came to be.
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.