I was upset at first to see that Stephen Fry did not narrate any more books after the first, but decided I must carry on with the story.
Martin Freeman did an amazing job with this narration, and the added voice modulations on the ethereal and strange creatures were perfect.
Like my review of Stephen Fry with the first book, I gave this audiobook 5 stars as well as the narration, but the overall 4 stars since I again had the problem with the chapters with audible. Some sections had multiple chapters in one so it was difficult to navigate through the book when going back.
Anyway, still loved it. About to buy book 3!
I don't know what happened. The first book, read by Stephen Fry, was handled superbly. This one...eesh. Martin Freeman's reading is good enough, though he does sound terribly bored -- and a little sad -- the entire time. The real crime, though, is the audio mixing. Various characters are inexplicably given exceedingly difficult-to-understand "robotic" tinny voices, even when they aren't robots (Marvin sounds normal, for the record), and their volume is quite a bit quieter than the rest of the narration. The end result is, whenever someone comes on with this voice filter, you have to turn the volume up and strain to understand, only to be blasted in the ears when the narration changes.
On top of that, while Zaphod's voice was annoying enough, Max (at Milliway's) voice was EAR SPLITTING. I had the hardest time understanding him, and just eventually gave up.
Whoever thought to muck about with the voices like this for an audiobook ought to be sacked.
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the original. The narrator's voice grated and the plot and story didn't grip me as much. The Voice didn't bother me as much as some of the other reviewers but I certainly preferred the person who did the first more. I won't be listening to the rest of the series from this narrator.
Wonderful comedic universe.
The entire concept of the restaurant is beautifully realized by Adams.
This is the first narration I've listened to by Martin Freeman, though I am very familiar with his work on screen. Some have complained about his rendition of Zaphod, but it is not a bad performance. Freeman's portrayal of Zaphod fits well with the way he is described in the books, and once I got used to his voice I didn't mind at all.
Stephen Fry's guide narrations from the first audiobook are unmatched, but Freeman excels at creating unique voices for each of the characters (he manages a surprising range of voices) and drawing you into the action. I can't wait to listen to more.
Lost in space-time
Wonderful installment in a classic series. You will love it.
I love The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the second of five books in the trilogy does not disappoint.
Martin Freeman gives a great performance. He especially sounds EXACTLY like the Arthur Dent from the movie!
Martin freeman did a fantastic job with this book. I listen to a lot of various genres and types and it has to be my favorite narration so far.