If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?
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The interpretation of the characters I found really off, especially following Stephen Fry's interpretations for the first book. While I've read the books previously and thoroughly enjoyed them - the story is brilliant - Martins reading put me off and i couldnt even get through it.
"Not as good as HHGTTG"
Considering that I wished HHGTTG would never end, I found myself wishing away most of the tedious minutes of The Restaurant...Characters I didn't much care for, a story that never seemed to be going anywhere, and attempts at humour which all too often fell flat. Martin Freeman's narration was amusing, but not a patch on Stephen Fry's Hitchhiker's Guide. Not sure if I will bother with the next in the series, in case this ship is on a downward trajectory. .
"A fantastic edition to the series"
I rarely find a book that can send me into fits of laughter on public transport but The Restaurant at the End of the Universe had me in hysterics from start to finish. The wonderfully British humor and the random spiraling tangents will keep any well respected gentlemen giggling throughout the duration of the book.
"Great book, narrator made me scream"
Like all the 'Hitchhikers' books, this is great. But Martin Freeman's voice when doing the characters drove me crazy. When he was speaking as Zaphod's older ghost relative, the screeching went on and on, and made me give up listening for a while - in the end, I could only continue by fast-forwarding.
It's hard to do good narration while also doing different voices for characters. Freeman's voice is good as a normal story-teller. But someone should've stopped him, cos he made me hate this audio book.
Terrible, screechy voice characters
You don't need to be a big Sci- Fi fan to enjoy this series! Douglas Adams is the champion of humour and randomness! Although, you may feel insignificant, or jealous of the adventures of Arthur Dent as he travels around the universe with Ford, Trillion and Beeblebrox, he takes you with him to all the different places beyond your imagination.
"freeman has amazing voice acting!"
there was only one voice I wasn't sure what to do with, but every single character was consistantly and believable, and when you look at lots of other audio books, that's hard to achieve. a great read for a great book!
"Excellent book ruined by lacklustre narration"
After Stephen Fry's excellent narration of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the swap to Martin Freeman for this second book was a big disappointment.
Freeman's inflection is at times so off that I wondered whether this was his first ever read through, and his narration is lacklustre and monotonous enough that it's often hard to tell where the narration ends and Marvin the Paranoid Android's speech begins. Oh, Zaphod Beeblebrox suddenly has a bizarre parody of an Italian American mobster accent.
Adams' writing is of course still excellent, but I struggled to finish this audiobook because of the poor narration and likely shan't bother purchasing the rest.
"Lost the plot line a few times"
Second time listening though the book was better than the first time listening though it.
Sound needs a bit of adjustment to be easier to listen.
The story is not as good as the first book, but it's worth your time.
Loved the book. Now one of my favourite series of books. It is absolutely hysterical at its best and merely funny at its worst
"Randomness for the sake of being random"
The story tries to be random and absurd, sometimes it does this well but other times it seems pointless.
It's difficult to read aloud a book with so many characters and Freeman doesn't really handle it well, sounding childish for many of the spoken characters.
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