Monday, February 8, 2010

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase

It's been about ten years since I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  books by Douglas Adams. When I saw this audiobook on Audible, I got really excited. What a great opportunity to not only refresh my memory on the books but also to hear them as they were originally performed - as a radio series. According to the Audible website, this radio drama first aired in 1978. It stars the voices of Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore.

For those who don't know anything about the storyline, the planet Earth is destroyed by Vogons to make room for an intergalactic freeway. Just before Earth is destroyed, Arthur Dent is taken aboard the Vogan spaceship by his friend, Ford Prefect. From there, the galaxy opens up to Dent and Prefect as they move from spaceship to spaceship, world to world and experience all kinds of fun and quirky things - - including the end of the universe - - and they begin their search for the question to the answer of life, the  universe and everything.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was fun and brought back some of my favorite parts of the story that I had forgotten about. At times, the audio quality wasn't too great as the background noises would overpower the voices or some of the voices were just plain hard to understand. The music is definitely a flashback to 1978. If you get a chance, I recommend this audio drama if for no other reason that to experience how the rest of the world was first introduced to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


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