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Michael C. Caulder

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Santa Monica, California USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1095)

    Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

    J. Carpenter says: "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"
    "No Stephen Fry"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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