This is one of the best radio shows I have ever listened to, amazing acting and narration, makes you feel as if you were watching a movie
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I first thumbed a ride into Douglas Adams's end of the universe when the first novelization was published back around 1980. I read all five parts of his trilogy as well as the sixth entry by Eoin Colfer, I watched the BBC TV version with relish when it was first shown in the US on PBS, and (like other Adams fans) I struggled through the misguided film adaptation.
But I never heard the original radio show before. This remastered edition is sonically difficult to listen to, as other reviewers have stated, but the material is as fresh as ever. My one caveat, having started with the novels, is that there is so much more in print than there ever was on the radio, especially the hilarious excerpts from the Guide. Of course the novels are 25 hours long in total (not including Colfer) so there is so much more room for all of that.
Still, good stuff for HG2G aficionados, despite the poor sound quality, with a bonus radio doc about the making of the primary phase of the radio series. Hitchhiker's Guide newbies -- I'd recommend the novel as the best entry point but this would not be a bad place to start either.
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.
Great story and I loved that it was voiced by different actors...The only negative, the music and sound effects were much louder than the actors.
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.