The BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatization! Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhikers Guide (A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebroxthe two headed, three armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphods girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And dont forget to bring a towel!
The Earth is scheduled for demolition on a quiet Thursday afternoon, and Everyman Arthur Dent and his galactic guide, Ford Prefect, are lucky enough to catch a timely ride on a Vogon construction ship. So begins this quirky, intelligent sci-fi series, which first took the world by storm as a phenomenally successful BBC Radio series in 1978. The original full-cast performances and playful script sound positively gleeful and as irreverent as ever with a fresh digital remastering by ace British producer Dirk Maggs, who subtly mixed in new sound effects that were too costly or not available in the 1970s. For the longtime fan this recording will be like listening to an old friend. And for the neophyte looking to sample Douglas Adams's gentle comic genius, this is the perfect place to start. B.P. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine