Also included on this Special Edition is Douglas Adams's Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast in 1999, which looks at the genesis and phenomenal success of the series.
©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Maybe I shouldn't have first read this book in my 40s. Maybe it would have made more sense or had more meaning had I read it in middle school, when I had friends who raved about it. This just didn't do it for me. Moving on.
The dramatization was distracting and made it harder to follow the story. The audio mix was awkward and made listening in the car very difficult as some characters spoke from one side of the car, some from the other. With road noise, and even with a decent, though not amazing, stereo system, you still need narration out of all speakers to truly hear it very well.
It's just not converted to digital format well. Whispering and loud bangs, the levels are terribly normalized. Maybe if you use noice cancelling headset, and a volume knob... but not suitable for an ipod!
Highly recommended for those that don't get it.
Nothing compares, truly unique.
Marvin will make you laugh.
This book defined my development into an adult.
For those of you that don't get it when your friends make jokes about H2G2, this is an easy way to get the idea. I warn you that once you get a taste you will be hooked. It is a tragedy that Adams didn't live to see the iPad. If Steve Jobs had hired Adams to design the iPad we would have the perfect device.
Humor, witty-ness, well dramatised, Good story, moves right along. Imaginative. Very upbeat, great pace, read clearly.
hilarious and witty
I want more of this!
This has the worst audio I've ever heard on audible. Although the sound quality was bad and the constantly changing volume level was the worst thing. I couldn't even finish the first chapter. luckily I only paid $2 for the book.
I confess up front that I've read the book and seen the movie, and more than once at that.
Obviously then, I knew the story was 5 star, and I realized by the length of this audio book that it wasn't the complete work, but I wanted to see how BBC had done the original broadcast. I must say, they did a great job. Well engineered and with a great cast of voices.
The interview at the end was also enlightening and gave some insight into the oddball man that Douglas Adams was.
If you've never listened to or heard of the Hitchhiker's Guide before, I recommend you get the complete work or read the book. If, however, you are like me and have familiarity with the book already, then you will find this work quite enjoyable.
Great performance! Loved it! I listened to this while walking my dogs in the neighborhood, and didn't even care about laughing out loud!
The left side of the brain thinking, outrageous and fun stories. Kind of Monty Python fun
42....and recreation of Earth....and of course the Guide book itself to help explain EVERYTHING ELSE...enjoy and have a good laugh
All of sequels are just AS ENJOYABLE
This is a great set of shows from the very beginning of the Hitchkiker's craze. Plus some bonus material with interviews providing some nice behind the scenes info. Overall very enjoyable.
The Tome Host at thetomeshow.com
This is the story that launched a franchise of telling the same/similar story over and over again.
"good, but wilodly, and greedily overpriced"
yes, it is English irony at its best, but overpriced by American greed
pete rjones' wonderfully ironic voice.
the book?- laugh............ the greed of amazon, cry.
While this says unabridged, it is actually a collection of the radio show. While this isn;t a bad thing as the radio show is very good, i was expecting an unabridged reading of the novel. I suppose i should have read the details more carefully.
"Dramatisation at its best"
I remember hearing this on the radio and then reading the books. As funny as ever. My children, now grown up, are enjoying this as much and I.
"What a Treat To Hear It Again"
This was one of my all time favourite radio programmes and it is still fresh and vital. It is a perfect example of the power of radio drama to convince the listener of a world of imagination and fantasy. The TV re-hash was a sad and cheap looking affair.
The laconic narration, the sharp satire and, above all, the soundtrack with radiophonic effects make this an addictive listen. On stereo earphones the sound stage seems 3 dimensional.
Plug in and enjoy. I bet you can't take it just one episode at a time!
"An absolute classic"
This series is hilarious, insightful and I would strongly recommend it. The story is a bit bizarre and hard to 'follow' but you aren't supposed to follow it, just roll with the madness. The production is excellent.
Be careful though, laughing uncontrollably in public places can lead to difficult situations. As can referencing jokes from this series which will slip into your head. I can't stub my toe anymore without crying BELGIUM.
"Best radio play ever!"
It was wonderful to revisit this fabulous story and follow the adventures of our hero Arthur Dent.
I read the book first and then I listened to a recording a friend gave me and was stunned when this brilliant group of actors brought it to life. I then realised that the imagination isn't always better.
I am glad to be able to immerse myself again in the surreal world of Douglas Adams.
The world lost an amazing talent when he was taken from us prematurely.
"Still froody after all these years"
I have read the books, played the game, and seen thr movie, so when I had the chance to download the original radio broadcast, I leapt at it! The voices, effects and sound quality is fantastic. The humor is literally out of this world. Buy this now. You will not regret it.
From the first few notes of the iconic theme tune to the post-credits jokes this series is sublime. The cast are perfect and the glorious plot is sheer genius.
I cannot praise this enough.
If you have only read the books (or watched the TV or film) then I promise this will be a joyful experience.
If you have never experienced at first hand the glory of the Hitchhiker's Guide then I can think of no better place to start than this.
"Classic Sci Fi with a smile"
Not only is this great sci fi saga, introduced in a trilogy of five books and then this radio, in its own right but it also makes you laugh. Descriptions of future technology ate believable but are described tongue in. Heel with an eye to modern society. The success of this approach is confirmed by catchphrases from the books and radio series still in use among my friends.
In conclusion just remember the words on the cover of the guide. DON'T PANIC
It lived up to what I was expecting. I loved the characters and it kept me listening all the way through. I think this story is a timeless classic and very funny. I do believe is is a dramatisation that was well put together and the characters well thought out. I will be listening to this again and again. Thank you Douglas Adams.
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