Hitchhiker's Guide top of audiobooks

<p><em>The Hitchhiker&#39;s Guide To The Galaxy</em> has been voted the favourite audiobook in the Book Marketing Society&#39;s 40 Best Audiobooks promotion.</p><p>BBC Audiobooks&#39; version of Douglas Adams&#39; classic was chosen from a selection of 40 audiobooks, which were featured in a special supplement in the <em>Guardian</em> on 28th June. Members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite. </p><p>The top five cover both classic and modern titles and include a range of genres, with Charlie Connolly&#39;s <em>Attention All Shipping</em> (Little, Brown) in second place, followed by William Shakespeare&#39;s <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> (SmartPass), <em>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</em> by Mark Haddon (Random House) and <em>I&#39;m Sorry I Haven&#39;t A Clue</em> (BBC Audiobooks)<em>.</em></p><p><em>The Hitchhiker&#39;s Guide </em>was originally created as a radio play by Adams, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.</p><p>Samantha Newman, sales director for BBC Audiobooks, said she was &quot;thrilled&quot; at the news and added that the publisher would be releasing a digitally re-masterd edition in the UK and internationally in November to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first radio broadcast.</p><p>The campaign to find the UK&#39;s favourite audiobook was supported by major UK publishers, and retailers backed the promotion in store and online. Buyers from Waterstone&#39;s, Borders and Amazon.co.uk were on the initial judging panel.</p><p>The National Year of Reading launches Free Download Week next week in association with the 40 Best Audiobooks. A free, daily-changing download of five complete audiobooks will be available between 4th and 8th August from www.yearofreading.org.uk. </p>