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.
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My number one concern with the was the quality of the recording. It was frustrating because the sound effects would be so loud but the actual talking would be very quiet. It made the whole story very hard to listen to and really took away from the quality of the story. There were also regular endings to the episodes so you'd have to fast forward through those sections. I would only recommend listening to this version if you are already a true fan of the book.
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!
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.
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 actually purchased a second version of this audiobook because the narration in this one did injustice to the story. The alternative, read by Stephen Fry, is delightful.
First radio play / play I have been to follow. Good stuff. Did not realize that hitch hikers was originally a radio show. Which also means that non music non talk radio lasted far longer in England than USA. Great program!
"Everyone should download this"
I had the first two phases on CD so was glad of the opportunity to upgrade at a fair price, as a member of Audible. This audiobook is one of the best works the BBC has published, hilariously witty and amusing. I would recommend to anyone who listens to Radio 4.
"funny, adventurous and youthful"
Much has been said about radio 4 in the reviews, which might actually discourage some people from buying this. I'm a teenager who doesn't listen to radio 4 and this is the greatest and funniest audiobook i've ever had the pleasure of listening to. This book was made for young people so if you are one I can't recommend it highly enough!
Fantastic - a true muse of fire, crammed with so many ideas and such comedic brilliance that it is practically bursting at the seams.
All the others seem lame in comparison (which they aren't), like Charlie Chaplin's WW1 films - an ariadne's thread for all his other ideas.
If you haven't listened to the Primary Phase, don't just watch the film or read the book - it is essential that you try it on audiobook download, as it was ground breaking in its time, and still flawless in the present.
All in all, this is an essential audiobook, which has had profound effects on popular culture and is a Bible for anyone seeking to make headway (while avoiding cliche) in sci-fi, comedy or any pop culture field. Listen and be enriched!
"Douglas Adams was such a great writer"
I listened to the original when it was first broadcast on the radio, and have been pining for a repeat ever since - books, TV and film were only partly adequate replacements. As an added bonus, this 'special edition' recording contains not only the six broadcast episodes, also a fascinating hour-long documentary about how the first two radio series came about. I shall be downloading the Secondary Phase very soon.
"The original and best"
This is where it all began: a Radio 4 comedy show.
Everything else is a remake. The TV version looses some of the wordy humour, the book version looses some of the energy & the film version looses the point.
A wonderful cast, a humorous delight and a nice little documentary as a bonus.
"Great series, shame about the sound quality"
This is a great piece of radio, but the sound quality of this download is terrible. All in mono and badly compressed.
This audiobook (well, original BBC comedy) is what I play at 3.00 am when I can't sleep, or when I am stuck in a traffic jam, have an enormous mound of washing up to do, or pretty much any time I really need a chuckle. Then I make up my own brand of Vogon style poetry and imagine that whoever or whatever has annoyed me is screaming in agony strapped to a Vogon poetry appreciation chair. It is a necessary part of my life. You need it too. Buy it.
"Classic Radio Comedy"
It's all here; everything you could ever dream of!
This production has been cleaned up, defuzzed and streamlined and sent out as this wonderful package.
The performances are perfect, the story is sublime and this is something that can be listened and enjoyed time and time again.
Buy it, listen to it and love it!
"As good as I remember"
A brilliantly dramatised book and excellently performed. Some of the novelty has worn off with time and I knew whole passages off by heart but it still had me laughing out loud and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Pretty uncontroversial, this. At least, if I dare say so, for anybody with an imagination and a sense of humour.
I'd seen the television series quite recently and, for a short time, my recollections of the television scripts were distracting me from the narrative in this audiobook - it was very similar, but not identical. However, before too long the memories were usurped, and I was entirely happy to go on the adventure all over again, as though it were the first time.
Yep. It's great.
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