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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the audio versions only, March 9, 2004
This review is from: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Audio Cassette)
Since there are many reviews of the book itself, I thought someone should review the audio versions independently. There are two versions of this title in audio format, the dramatized edition, which is abridged, and the version read by the author, which is unabridged; I have both! I you are a fan of the dramatized versions of books please be sure before you buy which version you are getting. I enjoyed both the dramatized version and the version read by Douglas Adams himself as each has its own pros and cons.
The Dramatized version, done by the BBC (or at least the version that I have is), is very well done, as are all of the BBC dramatizations. The cast does a fantastic job as does the special effects team on the sounds. Be aware that dramatized versions are typically abridged, which is not a big problem generaly but some people don't care for it. This version was originally released as a multiple part radio program so if you are familiar with that format you have a good idea of this version. The only drawbacks are the it is in an outmoded format (cassette) and that it is abridged.
The unabridged spoken version is read by the author, Douglas Adams, and is very good. This is a special treat since he has passed on. I enjoy the ability to hear the author's concept of how the story should read in his own voice. This version has a permanent home on my iPod so that anytime I need a little boost, I can queue it up. It is easy to listen to and quite enjoyable but if you are used to the dramatized versions of audio books you may find that it takes 5 or 10 minutes to get used to the single voice. It is worth it though!
I would recommend either audio version to anyone that commutes or has at least thirty minutes of free time at a stretch. Both versions are well done and are enjoyable to listen to. For anyone who has not experienced audio books before, I would recommend a good tile like this to start off with.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2009 7:00:01 PM PST
N. Okeefe says:
The BBC dramatizations are the original telling of the story. Therefore they are not abridged. The books were based on the radio program.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 7:33:41 PM PST
QUESTION: Is this the cassette where the narrator says "he [Ford Prefect] will enter our story in 17.2 seconds and say 'Hello Arthur'..."
Please contact me at thedavecorp@yahoo.com

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 10:02:18 PM PDT
Anna says:
The only unabridged (not dramatization) versions of the hitchhiker audiobooks that I can find are narrated by Stephen Fry. Any idea where I can find them all read by Douglas Adams? I have heard them and I really want a copy. I will accept no substitutes!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2014 3:52:20 AM PDT
Alec says:
Anna,

The Douglas Adams narrated versions are available on Amazon, but they are rare and hard to find in the catalog. Here is the original book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The others read by the author have similar cover art, but are in different colors.
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