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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This is the first incarnation in which I (and the rest of the world) ever heard about the Guide, the Vogans, and of course Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect. It is brilliant. Time has not aged the humor, the wit, and the terrific storytelling of this Radio Drama. If you like the books, the movies, and Douglas Adams this is something you must listen to.
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Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
What can I say? A classic all around. Been in my top 10 books for many years. The original radio broadcasts here are great also. A must.
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.
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.
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I've never read this, but I always wanted to. I know there are other versions and I plan to read them later. glad I made this first choice. It is great! I fully recommend!
Robots can be difficult to understand w accent combined w voice effects. Overall absolutely worth the time and chock full of fabulously quotable one-liners
"Every home should have one."
This is a must for everyone. I recall this from my youth and just love the music which separates the individual episodes.
I was disappointed to find that this is an edited version of the recording. Some of what was in the original broadcast is not in this edition. I haven't performed a detailed analysis. I just found that one of my favourite bits was missing. In this version, Marvin no longer hums Pink Floyd in Episode 3. I did not realise that this was what was meant by it being a remastered version. I expected improved sound quality or some such.
"Fantastic , but..........."
This is one of the best comedy series you will ever hear. A game changer. Elements of it are now part of everyday life. writing is mindblowingly good . Performances are overall outstanding. Peter Jones is superb as The Book, although he freely admitted not understanding a word of it. As a series, and this is by far the best one, a must . ......
However Audibles version is very poor. The sound quality and over compression are unforgivable in this day and age. Why have the super cleaned up remastered version. Then provide a tinny sounding mono download. I think everyone who has bought this should be untitled to a fresh high quality download. it is a shame a series like this should be handled this way.
"Dreadful download... Find the CD or tape"
I've seen the play, listened to the radio series, got the tapes and the CDs but the quality of this download is beyond dire: compressed and in 'mono'. The original radio series, etc had stereophonics that were stunningly immersive. I'm just plain stunned by this... AVOID
No - they're equally fantastic in slightly different ways.
It defies comparison. But don't panic.
This is a good books for clearing out the seat next to you on the bus. There's nothing quite like the snort of laughter that escapes after Slartibartfast announces that he loves fjords because they give a lovely baroque feeling to a continent for getting rid of gum-chewing cowards who don't want to sit next to the local nutter.
"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.
"Fantastic - A masterclass in humour"
Douglas Adams was a true comedy genius. Unlike many here I am too young to have heard the original radio broadcast but I did listen to my father's CDs and fell in love with both of the classic phases.
This series is evidence number one in the argument that utterly hilarious and well-crafted humor is truly timeless. I have never laughed as hard at anything else in my life. I cannot recommend this enough to fellow young people or anyone else who needs a good laugh. After all...DON'T PANIC!
"I give it 42 out of 10"
A classic BBC radio adaptation (they are always the best you know). life, universe, everything
"The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"
This is a great medium to access an all time favourite that can listen to any time and anywhere sets me up for the day listening to it on the way to work
"Classics never die"
I remember hearing this on the radio with my dad when I was a kid. We both loved it. Still a classic today 30 years on. I recorded this as CDs to play in the car. The mechanic switched on the CD while working on the car and commented how much he enjoyed it!
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