The Annual Audio Holiday
Some people love to return to the Costa Del Sun year after year. I for one enjoy some books so much I do a similar thing, enjoying the familiar words as my favourite characters face the same perils and win out in the end. Like the turning of the seasons it give one a place in time. So every July first you will see me with headphones on ploughing through all the Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry, I think it's about five days solid worth of listening but I enjoy it over a month or two. For the winter months I choose a variety of texts laid out below for your edification.
I start with the first twelve episodes of the radio series The Hitch Hiker Guide To The Galaxy.
This comprises the original story before any television series, books or film were made.
It takes me back to 1978 when my whole family would sit in the car listening to the board cast, as it was the only stereo radio we had access to. It was the dawn of science fiction as a rock concept.
Next comes The Hobbit read by Martin Shaw, a thumping great story.
Although it is considerably shorter than the films. Does any one else think Mr. Jackson is trying to rival the Star Wars Hexology?
Too late it's gone to seven now, but back to Martin. Lets face it the ex proffesional really does justice to Tolkien's first foray in to Middle Earth.