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.
This is an interesting story that's as much about the end of an era, and the beginning of yellow journalism as it is about a sensational, and now forgotten murder. I definitely think it's worth a listen if you find either true crime or history interesting.
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