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!
As much as I enjoyed this book, it became clear that we only received part of the story and a large volume of what went on at the installation remains censored. What we were given was a very interesting look into the development of spy planes and of the US nuclear arsenal while also shedding some light on UFO sightings. The tone of the book changes dramatically in the final chapter and left me a little disquieted, but you will have to listen for yourself and draw your own conclusions! As for the narration by Annie Jacobsen, I thought she did a good job. I chuckled at some of her pronounciations of place names, but otherwise found her very easy to listen to, with clear diction and good pacing. Overall, for anyone with an interest in the subject matter, you will not be dissapointed, but I can pretty much guarantee you will be wanting more.
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