Hitchhiker’s Guide Jackpot

I’ve been undertaking a project this summer to replace the lost or stolen media which has left gaps in my library from the years before I started tracking loans using Delicious Library. As part of that I decided to tackle the two 120 minute cassettes I had made in Mexico City from the condensed record album versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. They were my first exposure to the series, and remained my favorite incarnation of it—pressed in England,  borrowed from the library of my British school, dubbed on my dad’s stereo, and lovingly hand-labeled… Then loaned to someone while I was in graduate school in Madison, and that someone evidently moved away with them, and I forgot who it had been.

Of course, they are nowhere to be found in today’s media landscape. But I did find a BBC set of 14 CDs containing the full original radio plays from which the albums had been condensed. I’ve just started listening to them, and much to my delight, they are clearly the raw material for the “Reader’s Digest” version I had previously loved. I am having a blast listening to them. And obviously I will have to rip them into audio book format so they can move in to my iPhone.

Hurrah!

Reunited at last, better than ever!

Reunited at last, better than ever!

1 Comment

  • By Juliette, June 23, 2009 @ 11:00 am

    Oh! I adore the radio version of Hitchhiker’s Guide. Although I had read the books first, I was loaned the hand labeled cassette tapes (recorded off the radio, no less!) by a family I used to Nanny for. I took them with me on my Summer visit to the south of France, where we spent most of our days laying on the beach. While the sun was lovely, I was a lifetime beach bunny and really would have been bored out of my mind if I hadn’t had the tapes to keep my mind busy!
    I may have to track them down for family listening!
    Thanks for the memory!
    xxoo
    JCW

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