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...
I haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books in about ten years. So, I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was fun and brought back some of my favorite parts of the story that I had forgotten about. At times, the audio quality wasn't too great as the background noises would overpower the voices or some of the voices were just plain hard to understand. The music is definitely a flashback to 1978. If you get a chance, I recommend this audio drama if for no other reason that to experience how the rest of the world was first introduced to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
If you are new to Douglas Adams's work, this is not where you should start yoir journey and you are better off with the audiobook version.
If you are a Hitchhiker's fan than this dramatised version is a great way to enjoy the humor.
The biggest downside of this recording are the sound effects; though they do contribute to the story telling, sometimes they are so loud that you can not hear the dialogue
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I was first exposed to the world of the Guide back in the early 1990's when my sister began reading the first book to me. It wasn't until a year or so later that I discovered the radiodrama, and it was at least another ten years before I learned that the radiodrama had in fact come first, even before te books.
It all started when Arthur Dent awoke to discover a bulldozer in te process of trying to knock his house down to make way for a new bypass. With the arrival of his longtime friend Ford Prefect, however, things get even stranger. First off, Ford reveals himself not to be rom Gilford after all, or from anywhere on Earthh for that matter. He is, in fact, from a small planet somewhere in te vicinity of Beatlejuice. As if that wasn't bad enough, not only Arthur's house but is entire planet is then demolished by an alien race to make way for, you guessed it, a hyperspace bypass. And that's how Arthur began a journey that no Earthman could ever imagine, from the fabled planet Magrathia to the famous Restaurant at the End of the Universe, to any number of strange and fascinating places.
This program is light years better tan the TV series and way better than the Douglas Adams narrated versions of the unabridged books. And it's miles and miles better than the rather horrible movie adaptation from 2005. This is probably where such actors as Simon Jones and Steven Moore became internationally recognized, assuming of course tat tey hadn't already been at that time. So if you haven't already listened to this I would definitely recommend it. I've rarely laughed so hard in my whole life.