Avid reader. Loved Hitchhikers Guide. I didn't listen to the other reviews and thought...bad zaphod accent? How bad can it be? It's Martin Freeman after all! Big distraction for me and since zaphod is heavily featured, I simply couldn't get past it. A poor lower NY accent just doesn't work here. This is from a New Yorker, too. I'll tackle reading it, but had to push stop on this one.
very low on the list
If Martin Freeman had not pulled so many "funny" voices for the characters. I love Freeman as an actor, but his hammy performance and awful character voices buried the humor in this reading. His Max Quadropleen is done in a god-awful "TV evangelist" voice of the type we thought was funny 35 years ago when Steve Martin and Robin Williams were doing it to death. His Zaphod Beeblebrox is performed in an execrable "New York" accent, event though his speech is peppered with British colloquialisms. Almost unlistenable. I don't know if I will finish it. I should have gotten the dramatized version with the original cast. The books are somewhat padded, anyway.
not a story for me... it looks like the author just made up a story on the go. almost like he was in inprowe class.
you can notice it in the dialogs, the pointless talking. but i listen trough it all since i enjoyed the first book so much
maybe someone else liked it tough. isn't the worst i have heard
I really enjoyed the humor of this book. I found my self joking about it days later, when I finally got some of the jokes! There is more to this story than just the random things that happen. My least favorite part, is how the story jumps around a bit too much, but that's not a real big deal.
I've heard a lot of people complaining about the narration. It is GREAT! It is also DIFFERENT from the first book. I think that's what everyone had a hard time with. SO...what I did was listen to a different book after listening to Hitchhikers Guide, and I had forgotten some of the accents in the first book. It helped me quite a bit adjust to Zafod's new voice.
Listen to Hitchhiker's First, then switch gears, listen to a completely different book...then come back for book two. You will enjoy the new narrator this way.