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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Great story and I loved that it was voiced by different actors...The only negative, the music and sound effects were much louder than the actors.
The audio quality is no good. It's a shame, but the date does show. Also, the last hour or so is not part of the story, but the story of how the recording came to be.
a gripping intelligent adventure that makes no apologies for its science theory based high level indulgences. thank you Douglas for engaging me whole-y
This is the first few hours ("primary phase") of the original radio version of the Hitchhiker's Guide, followed by commentary from some of the people involved. Be warned, for those who are familiar with the books, it's not the whole first book of the series.
The story is creative, charming and funny.
The audio, however is a bit of a mess. The actor's voices are great, but the sound effects frequently overwhelm what they're saying. There were portions of it I just couldn't make out. Admittedly, I was listening it in a car through an earpiece for my phone, so that didn't help anything, but I expect it would take a pretty good audio system for the sound effects to not be a problem.
This is still worth getting if you're a fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide, but plan on needing a quiet place with good audio to make out this portion of the series, and realize that there are another four phases to get the whole radio drama.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
The books I read years ago and wanted to revisit the series. Unbeknownst to me as it turns out, the Hitchhiker’s Guide first appeared in the form of a radio play and so this does not sound like an adaptation. It is clear that this is the original version. It is fresh and brand new.
My one criticism is not with the material but with the sound effects. I found the various echoes and reverbs to be an obstruction to understanding the material. At times, the listener has to put up with sound effects that are as loud as the dialog. This becomes more of a deterrent to understanding, not an enhancement.
The full cast performance is wonderful and strikes precisely the right tone for the material.
I don't know. Maybe it's just easier to READ this story, than to listen to it. I enjoyed the written books years ago, kinda enjoyed the movie, but I just couldn't get into the audiobook version. I actually stopped listening and switched to another book completely.
Trillion!!! I like bright, sassy female characters.
I REALLY liked the fact that each character was portrayed by different actors. That made it a bit easier to listen.
Boredom. Sleepiness. Slight agitation.
I'm glad I got this on sale! I'd be frustrated if I'd spent my monthly credit. I'm only out a few bucks, so no big deal. Of course, your enjoyment may vary. (TIP: Listen to the free preview first)
"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.
"great and interesting book"
This dramatised version of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy primary phase, in my opinion is the best way to enjoy Douglas Adams' great works, it makes the action scenes so much easier to understand when the characters are acted. This first part of the series sets the scene and introduces you to the main characters in an interesting and exciting way. As you follow the characters on a funny nail biting adventure
"Gripping, exciting, hilarious."
Before you start this, I can say if you like the sample, the original radio series, the television series, the film or the books, this will blow you away (unless you'd already heard the original radio series, then you're already prepared) - you will want to get all of them, and they have a high re-listen value.
Listening to this, I wouldn't think this began before I was born, with the final books finished while I was just getting into them. The storytelling, the jokes and the dialogue are all so timeless, and the parts fit well together at the end you'd easily believe Adams had a plan for the whole saga from the start.
My favourite part happens in the first 10 minutes, I had the misfortune of listening to it at work, and promptly burst out with laughter. I thought the BBC was a little more reserved in the 70s but this took me by surprise.
The persistent mockery of politicians and everyday people alike is fantastic. For myself, the best part of the series comes later in chapters 3 and 4.
Adams' writing style has a lot in common with Terry Pratchett, in that he uses a fictional universe to make fun of the real one (and masterly performed at that), and in the process creates characters that you can love (both the good, and the bad), set to a backdrop of some epic sinister things happening which seem both inescapable and horrifying, all the while you're still laughing, all the way to the apocalypse.
This is without a doubt one of my favourite audios. I couldn't recommend it any more highly.
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