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His Dark Materials Trilogy: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Audiobooks)
His Dark Materials Trilogy: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Audiobooks)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £23.40

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation, 20 Nov 2007
This is a wonderful adaptation. The acting is really great - the voices are perfect in my mind, particularly Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, the gyptians... Lord Asriel's seems perhaps strange to start with, but before long he seems great for the job. I agree with the above that the adaptations could have merited from being a bit longer - but having read the books and then listened to these it's not actually that noticable. The adapters have done well in condensing it to this space, spending most time on the most important bits - the end of the first book, for example. The adapters clearly have a great love of the book and Lavinia Murray has done a great job into adapting into two CDs worth, and the acting is really great. Highly recommended!
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The Imagined Village
The Imagined Village
Price: £9.16

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 22 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Imagined Village (Audio CD)
I saw these guys at Womad this year, they were amazing. Reinterpretations of classical folk style, in a loose improvisational setting performed by a group of fantastic musicians. Very highly recommended.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase (BBC Audiobooks)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase (BBC Audiobooks)
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £10.61

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also Excellent, 8 Jun 2005
This series of HHG is a radio adaptation of So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. It runs a lot more smoothly than previous series, at a relaxed pace, and is rather moving at times - particularly Arthur's relationship with Fenchurch (played by the very good Jane Horrocks) and Marvin's Last Stand, at the end of the novel when they finally find the Message. Ford's exploits with speaking clocks and Sirius Cybernetics Coorporations are also very amusing, the book has been modernised slightly for radio and additional elements have been added, including bringing some things forward from Mostly Harmless and introducing new Vogon scenes including the vastly amusing Vogon Court of Enquiry in Episode #3. The effects are supreme, stereo is used to an incredible effect, and the cast is inspired with as well as old favourites Jackie Mason, David Dixon, Jane Horrocks and indeed Christian Slater join the mix. Plus of course Rula Lenska as the sinister new upgrade to the guide...


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tertiary Phase (BBC Audiobooks)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tertiary Phase (BBC Audiobooks)
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £16.34

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Jun 2005
This is an excellent adaptation of Life, the Universe and Everything and continues the quality of the excellent h2g2 radio series. The cast is inspired, particularly old favourites but also new cast such as Toby Longworth and especially Andy Taylor (Zem.) This is a very amusing piece with some excellent acting. In the DNA community the new phases have been welcomed very much and its generally viewed that Dirk Magg's did an excellent job, hence I am slightly suprised at the reviews here.
Also, continuity complaints: when Trillian refers to the fact that the secondary phase was a hallucination, she refers to the fact that it didn't happen in real life as Zaphod didn't leave Ursa minor via a bombed buildin - he was in Zarniwoop's artificial universe at the time, where the entire of the secondary phase takes place (or at least the last 5 episodes) and he then leaves this artificial universe to join Trillian on the Heart of Gold. This is fully explained in the Quintessential Phase (where we revisit the artificial universe, and Zarniwoop, deviating slightly (or rather adding in another storyline) to Mostly Harmless) but only briefly mentioned over here, which could explain the confusion.


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