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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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 read the books several times and loved them tremendously. The radio edition is similar to the books so it's all very familiar. However, the delivery is fantastic so you can really lose yourself in it. Definitely check it out!
A must buy... Mostly Harmless ;)
I'm so happy I'm emotional :')
Wish there were more radio plays of this kind... Wish Mr Adams were still around...
Anyway... If you haven't read the book then please buy and listen. And if you've read the book then you don't need me to tell you that this masterpiece is essential :)
This is one of the best radio shows I have ever listened to, amazing acting and narration, makes you feel as if you were watching a movie
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.
really good listen I love all the characters. they are all different. well worth it.
"5 STAR LISTEN!"
Well dramatised and highly entertaining.
I have read this book countless times but it was like listening to it for the very first time with this version as the dramatisation really brought it to life.
The Characters voices
Yes and it is easily done.
"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
This book is good, you may think other books are good but they're just peanuts compared to this.
If you've not heard of this classic then where have you been, hiding under a rock? It's the best bang since the big one.
None of the above make sense? Don't panic! Listen and all well become clear.
I love this book. I love the radio show. I love the tv series. There is nothing about this story I do not like. I might be a tiny bit biased , but you've got to admit, it's brilliant. Buy it. You'll love it.
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.
"One of the greatest stories ever told!!"
One of the best stories ever to come out of the great publishing houses on ursa minor even your white mice will like this one!
"never gets old"
still excites me and makes me laugh after 30 years of listening to it. x
"very good listen"
Draws you in and takes you on the adventure. The full cast makes it feel more like an audio play but well worth the listen.
The link to the next book.
The mixture of voices brings a new depth of imagination.
I ALWAYS FIND THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY A GREAT WAY TO COOL OFF IN THE EVENING AND GO TO SLEEP LISTENING TO! I HAVE GOT ALL OF THE AUDIBLE AWARDS I HAVE FROM HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
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