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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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    Ryan CA, United States 09-20-14
    Ryan CA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Douglas Adams but didn't care for narration"

    And oddly enough, the narrator was actor Martin Freeman who I've enjoyed on the BBC series 'Sherlock'. But I thought his accents and inflections were all wrong for delivery of Adams' humor.

    1 of 1 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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 10-07-10
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 10-07-10
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    "Doesn't really do the book justice"

    I'm a big HGTTG fan, and over the years I've listened to all the radio dramatizations and at least 3 or 4 different versions of the audiobooks (Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams, Martin Freeman and I think Simon Jones, who played Arthur Dent in the original radio series).

    Martin Freeman played Arthur Dent in the 2005 HGTTG movie, so he's familiar with the material, understands most of the characters, and a couple of his characterizations are pretty good - I thought he did a great Marvin. And he's a good actor, too - he plays Watson in the new BBC version of Sherlock Holmes that everyone loves so much.

    But his Zaphod is bad, it's inconsistent with the radio series, and I found myself wanting to give him either a cup of strong coffee or a couple of anti-depressants, because he just doesn't seem to have much enthusiasm. And HGTTG is supposed to have a lot of zip.

    My recommendation is: Don't buy this version. Try to track down the Douglas Adams or Simon Jones versions.

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    Joe Rochester, NY, USA 12-18-09
    Joe Rochester, NY, USA 12-18-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Obnoxious Narration"

    This is a great book, and if you can get past Martin Freeman's grating rendition of Zaphod Beeblebrox, you'll probably enjoy this, as it's a pretty good book. I could only get a quarter of the way through without having to stop and turn it off. Beeblebrox sounds like a love child of Rocky Balboa and Jerry Lewis, if the child had a fingernail-blackboard fetish. Annoying characters can be entertaining, but not annoying performances.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley Leggette 07-22-09
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    "Horrible narration"

    Mentioned before, but I must agree that the voice acting is terrible, specifically Zaphod. It's a shame really, because otherwise the book would have been great.

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    Katrina MUNDELEIN, IL, United States 02-26-15
    Katrina MUNDELEIN, IL, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Performance is stellar!"

    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.

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    Miguel Diaz 02-25-15
    Miguel Diaz 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story but not the same as the first"

    Everything's great but I can't stand this guys voice for beetlebrox and i wish it was the same reader as the first

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    Tectix 02-21-15
    Tectix 02-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "George Costanza"

    Martin freeman is an excellent actor and a wonderful person. He was also an... interesting reader, especially since he played Arthur Dent in the movie. I liked his enthusiasm in making the various characters' voices. I have to admit, thought, that I was distracted by finding that his version of Zaphod Beeblebrox was George Costanza from Seinfeld impersonating someone with a Cuban accent. I don't know why he choose to give a New York accent to Beeblebrox. It was also weird to hear Bill Cosby as Zaphod's ancestor.

    Overall a great story written by a great man, read by a great man, not so greatly.

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    Becke GILBERT, AZ, United States 02-11-15
    Becke GILBERT, AZ, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a language arts coach, studying to be a high school English teacher. Reading is what I do and audible makes it easier!

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    "Great book, gerat narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe the most enjoyable?

    Well the story itself is a classic and simply must be listened to, but beyond that, Martin Freeman's performance, while different from Stephen Fry's voice, is incredibly enjoyable. His Arthur is more believable and his Zaphod is too funny! I enjoyed the whole thing.


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

    I think the moment Zaphod finds out that he is the most important person in the alternate reality created for him might be one of the funniest moments in the series. The disembodied voice's reaction and Zaphod's decision to eat the fairy cake is the perfect conclusion to this scene.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Freeman – was your favorite?

    I thoroughly enjoy Martin's portrayal of Zaphod and of Marvin! Marvin cracks me up! Depressed robots are the best!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well the whole book moved me to laughter...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to these other Vogons. Martin Freeman does a great job with this book! Check it out!

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