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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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    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.

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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Louisville, KY, United States 08-21-10
    Rob Louisville, KY, United States 08-21-10
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    "Zaphod sounds like Joe Pesci"

    The reader in this book reads the text flatly. He buzzes through spectacularly described scenes or events and gives no feeling of weight to their absurdity or vastness. This was disappointing after coming from an excellent reading of the first book done by Stephen Fry. The real deal-breaker was that Zaphod sounds like Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny". Zaphod's lines were so distracting that it made the book unlistenable.

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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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    Ricky 04-14-15
    Ricky 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Zarkin froods"

    This book is for froods. Particularly those of the zarkin nature. I'll be giving this a listen again.

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    josh 04-07-15
    josh 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read diff"

    I love this book because it's not what I thought it would be about and it surprised me it was great.

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    Rocky Cooper Deer Lake, PA 03-20-15
    Rocky Cooper Deer Lake, PA 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Alright"

    Very very slow to start. Gets better towards the end. Still excited for the next book of the series though since I loved the first book so much!

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    Sarah E Stuckey 03-07-15
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    "Great sequel to Hitchhiker's..."

    I love The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the second of five books in the trilogy does not disappoint.

    Martin Freeman gives a great performance. He especially sounds EXACTLY like the Arthur Dent from the movie!

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