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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2 | [Douglas Adams]

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

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.
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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.

Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.

Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker's Guide deleted the term "Future Perfect" from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!

Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy."

Want to learn more about the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie? Listen to this interview with Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the film.

©1980 Serious Productions, Ltd.; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 05-24-07
    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 05-24-07

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    "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"

    This book is beautifully read with the screeching halt exception of Zaphod Beeblebrox. For unknown reasons the narrator chose to read this character as a stereotypical New York thug. Think Rocky Balboa and you'll have it. Other than that, the book is excellent.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Brad wakefield, RI, USA 06-26-09
    Brad wakefield, RI, USA 06-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great, But not as great as book one"

    I thought this book was great. The first one was a bit better, but that is only because it has the natural advantage of being a bit more shocking to the reader making it slightly more exciting. By now your a little more used to, as is Arthur, the impressively random and outlandish events that stretched your brain in the first book. But there are still just as many random and outlandish adventures to be had in book two.

    I'm not sure why everyone thought the narrator was so awful. I thought he was fine. I had a different reader for the first HGTTG. He was fine too.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DrVeebs2b Alabama, USA 07-02-12
    DrVeebs2b Alabama, USA 07-02-12

    Wife, Mother, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Medical Student

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    "I love this book!"
    Would you listen to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe again? Why?

    Yes, it's a classic, and listening to it aloud makes it even more fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the Hitchhiker books are hilarious, and this one is no exception.


    What about Martin Freeman’s performance did you like?

    I liked his voice for Marvin the paranoid android.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate Martin Freeman's Zaphod Beeblebrox voice. He sounds like Joe Pesci.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    gwynkitty North Carolina, USA 08-01-09
    gwynkitty North Carolina, USA 08-01-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "The narrator is mostly harmless"

    I was worried by the comments on the narration, but I actually loved this Zaphod. The narrator is no Stephen Fry, but he's quite good and I found the book to be quite enjoyable. I think it boils down to different preferences, so if you loved reading these books don't let the naysayers scare you off. I plan to get the next three.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Sarasota, FL, USA 07-29-06
    Matthew Sarasota, FL, USA 07-29-06
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    "A good book tainted"

    First off, if you've listened to the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by downloading it from Audible, then you were probably pleased with the voice acting. It was superb. If you expect the same quality in subsequent books....well, you're in for a shock. The voice acting is, in my opinion, atrocious. Granted, it's a different actor, but that's where the problem is: Zaphod Beeblebrox. It is the most annoying voice ever. The narrator's voice is fine. But not his Zaphod Beeblebrox. It is the exact opposite of the Hitchiker;s Guide voice and 100 times more annoying. Trust me, you will be cursing Douglas Adams for every moment he decided to include Zaphod in the book, and not because Zaphod is annoying. No. It is because the narrator's Zaphod is jarringly stereotypical. After listening to the voice and then seeing the producer's name, it's a wonder he didn't prevent this bad portrayal.
    In short, then, I had every intention of listening to the complete series but then was convinced by the narrator not to. The closest experience to this book was a very bad rendition of Tom Sawyer where the the voice of Tom was so...I can't even describe it. It just made me want to wretch.
    Douglas Adams is great, though. Don't confuse my review as a scathing criticism on Adams. Oh no. It's all about the narrator in this one and apparently in subsequent audio releases of the series.

    41 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 05-24-07
    Jan 05-24-07
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    "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"

    This book is beautifully read with the screeching halt exception of Zaphod Beeblebrox. For unknown reasons the narrator chose to read this character as a stereotypical New York thug. Think Rocky Balboa and you'll have it. Other than that, the book is excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Livia Hinegardner 10-06-09
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    "You'll be glad you got it"

    Don't be swayed by the comments about Zaphod. I thought it was an excellent performance. Martin Freeman gives Zaphod the voice that he has in the books. He is amusingly shallow and charmingly inarticulate. He has, of course, an American accent. In his boastful moments he sounds a little like a serene Al Pacino and in his frustrated moments a little like a slightly stunned Keanu Reeves.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    david FARGO, ND, United States 02-09-13
    david FARGO, ND, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Zaphod's voice made it almost unlistenable"
    Where does The Restaurant at the End of the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is great, but the narrators Ralph Machio sounding voice for Zaphod made me cringe every time he spoke.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall performance was great, and that almost makes the one awful voice that much worse. If only this one could have been narrated by Stephen Fry as well, it would be among my favorite audio books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada 01-03-10
    Nathan Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada 01-03-10
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    "Still funny!"

    I have no idea why people are complaining about the narration. It's high quality and each character sounds unique. If you want a monotone boring narrator like the people below, then I guess this isn't for you. The narration in this book is very comparable to the great job Stephen Fry did in the first book.

    The book itself is pretty good and makes me want to continue the series. I love the world, or should I say "universe" created by Douglas Adams in this series. It's refreshing and exciting.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    C. Fields Mooresville, IN, USA 06-21-13
    C. Fields Mooresville, IN, USA 06-21-13

    Making your brain hurt since 2005.

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    "The audiobook isn't as bad as everyone says."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe to be better than the print version?

    I have to admit that while Martin Freeman's performance in this adaptation of "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" isn't as great as Stephen Fry's reading of the original "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" it's not bad. As some of you may know Martin Freeman played Arthur Dent in the most recent film adaptation of HHGTG. The biggest problem I hear from the other reviews are about Freeman's portrayal of Zaphod Beeblebrox as having a more East Coast (more appropriately Bostonian) accent, his portrayal of Zaphod Beeblebrox's Great-grandfather as an old reedy, high pitched, southern accent (which actually fits if you listen to the actual narration, which describes the character's accent as being high-pitched and sounding like "nails on a chalkboard" to Zaphod). My only issue so far has been with the portrayal of Mr. Zarneewoop. Freeman does apparently have some trouble maintaining this voice for some reason. The voice overall isn't great. However Martin Freeman is a seasoned actor and for the rest of the cast he's very good.

    Honestly I wasn't turned off by this reading like a lot of people have complained about. So, really, you might as well give it a try.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe?

    Ordering a steak at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.


    What does Martin Freeman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Freeman is a seasoned actor, as mentioned before. While he's not incredibly amazing as a narrator for an audiobook he does add enough inflection to give you a good read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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