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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.

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"What's such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams' sardonically silly eyes." (Detroit Free Press)

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 09-20-14
    Ryan CA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2007
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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.


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    david FARGO, ND, United States 02-09-13
    david FARGO, ND, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Joe Rochester, NY, USA 12-18-09
    Joe Rochester, NY, USA 12-18-09 Member Since 2009
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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.

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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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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bazaar and hilarious, very entertaining."

    Bazaar and hilarious, very entertaining. What more can be said? I listened to it in one afternoon, and was laughing so often I had the hiccups.
    I loved Freeman's narration. Perfect voice for this performance, even before considering his role in the latest Hitchhikers movie.

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    Kindle Customer Albuquerque, NM, US 06-17-14
    Kindle Customer Albuquerque, NM, US 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Mostly excellent."
    Would you listen to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe again? Why?

    The material, that is to say, the brightly cynical magic of, at least, the first three books in the Hitchhiker series, is priceless and peerless, in my obviously weighted opinion. I would personally add the fourth book as well, whether others agree or not, and except the fifth book as a painful mistake, having been forced upon Adams, and then upon his readers.

    The performance would seem better if it didn't follow Steven Fry in such an awkward way. At the risk of dating myself, it feels a bit like Leno after Carson, which is not to say that Leno isn't good, but he just doesn't quite get there. The use of special effects on some of the voices during Freeman's reading begins to make up for Fry not singing Eddie's part, but again, not quite.

    The combination of the story and the uneven switch in readers makes it hard for me to give a proper overall mark since there are no tenths of a star; I'd have to say about 4.2 out of 5.


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    Nina 05-21-14
    Nina 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I love reading/listening to something that I can loose myself in and have a hard time finding reality.

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    "Love love love"
    What made the experience of listening to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe the most enjoyable?

    This series is in my top favorite and will always pick it up if I am in need for some entertainment. The second book in particular is wonderfully written and I feel it is as good as the first. Martin Freeman narrates the second book and found him to be very good and entertaining. Although Zaphoid has this really annoying accent I was still able to enjoy the characters. Of course I would recommend this to everyone!


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    Kenneth Richmond, VT, United States 05-12-14
    Kenneth Richmond, VT, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Glad to have the whole series!"
    Where does The Restaurant at the End of the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh, questions? Ranks are hard, I would rank this similarly to perfectly toasted artisan bread with salted butter vs. your run of the mill toast. It might not be the best or fanciest food you ever had, but it'll make you happier than just about anything.


    What other book might you compare The Restaurant at the End of the Universe to and why?

    I'm not really sure. It shouldn't be lumped in with most sci-fi. This is snarky social commentary.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There's some suspense here, but only a few moments of edge your seat suspense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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