I really like Martin Freeman as an actor, but his is just not the right voice to narrate literature. After listening to Stephen Fry's wonderful narration/interpretation of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I was excited to continue the series. Unfortunately I really couldn't even get past the first 20 minutes of The Restaurant at the End... because of the narration.
Freeman's voice lacks the authority, the gravitas, that made Fry's narration so enjoyable. It's precisely what makes him such a great Arthur Dent that makes him so unsuited to the narration. It's not his fault, he was miscast.
Imagine if instead of Anthony Hopkins, they'd cast Dudley Moore as Hannibal Lecter. Hell, instead of Dudley Moore what if they'd cast Anthony Hopkins as Arthur? These choices matter.
I'm going to keep plowing ahead because the book is so good, but as it stands I'm not dying to listen to any more.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The second installment in Adams story of Authur Dent makes for a great time. Not too long and the twists are fun even for someone who has read the series many times before. Only Adams in traditional English style can make a joke out of verb tenses in the context of time travel. The story he tells is solid enough that fantastic special effects would not be needed for a visual presentaion.
As I walk along listening to Martin Freeman reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, I have a big, stupid grin on my face, and I can see people are giving me a wide berth ... :)
Several people have complained about Martin's portrayal of Zaphod, but I think it's terrific! -- A joy to listen to.
I will say it ranks along whit the rest of the story. The ultimate hitchhikers guide.
Meet the Meat.
I think the entier Restaurant scene is my favorite.
I would, but time and the length on the story makes that hard.
This is a wonderful book, but Martin is not so good to Zaphod.
I love Freeman's wide variety of voices. They are recognizable instantly and as to those who were taken aback by the voice chosen for Zaphod Beeblebrox... This was true to the way he was written. The cadence of his speech is suited to the accent used in this audio. I will not compare Martin Freeman to Stephen Fry. They are each wonderful in their own right but, for my taste, I prefer Freeman. I enjoyed them both, but Freeman is my choice. I understand that others may prefer Fry but that doesn't make Freeman's version bad, nor vice versa.
I really enjoyed reading this book but I loved this audio.
Wacky Crazy Fun
From the books I have read in the past, the Hitchhiker trilogy in 5 parts stands out in a class by them selves.
Martin Freeman’s other narrated books that i have heard were all in the same series and this compares favorably.
I just started reading The Hitchhiker's books and I love them, Douglas Adams is a visionary and I would recommend these books to everyone. The voice work is very well done, Martin Freeman has many different voices that make things more fun and less confusing. Overall a great audiobook.
This book is definitely one of my favorites. I was already familiar with Douglas Adams' works but the narrator brought the story to life with his own characterizations and use of tone dynamics.
I have always enjoyed the intelligence of British humorous but Douglas Adams also incorporates possible reality scenarios and history into the story.
He individualizes each character in a way that well suited the character. Telling a story can sometimes bring it to life better than reading it for yourself.
I love Douglas Adams' stories. I hated Martin Freeman's reading.
The Hitchhikers Guide was a much better listen.
Stephen Fry did a much better job voicing the charaters in Hitchhiker Guide to the Universe.
Invest my penny and make reservations.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
Douglas Adams was a brilliant writer. Less well known is that he was a talented actor and in this version of my favorite book of this series, he reads it the way it was meant to be read. You can't get this version in any other format any longer, so if you are a fan of Douglas Adams, this is a MUST HAVE audiobook! Do not miss it! And take a towel with you.