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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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    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Yoon Harbor City, CA United States 10-12-07
    Diane Yoon Harbor City, CA United States 10-12-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great book, horrible narration."

    I love Douglas Adams and have read the series several times through. The version of the first book available on Audible has a great narrator and I was thoroughly pleased with my purchase. I have no idea why the rest of the series has a different narrator, but I am not nearly as pleased with this audiobook.

    First of all, as the other reviewers have said, the Zaphod voice is absolutely horrible. I mean, Zaphod is supposed to be annoying, but sheesh. Also, there is some serious overuse of digital voice manipulation. I like it much better when the narrator can give the impression of several different characters without having to resort to computerized voice changes.

    9 of 13 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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    Ryan CA, United States 09-20-14
    Ryan CA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2015
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 09-02-15
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    "Not everyone's narrator."

    This story is not as exciting as the first of the series but is still entertaining. Martin Freeman is entertaining in his narration, but pauses every few words which makes it more difficult for me personally to concentrate on what he is actually saying. His variety in character vocals was nice. The only issue I had with that is the silly American accent of one of our supporting characters. An American accent is not what is silly, mind you. It was the exaggeration of it that annoyed me. For a character with so many lines, I would have preferred a less irritating accent. Nonetheless, it was still a good narration and story.

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    Charles B Kreutzkamp Rockfall, CT, US 08-04-15
    Charles B Kreutzkamp Rockfall, CT, US 08-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent performance of amazing book."

    Martin freeman does an excellent job with a good range of voices, and the book is of course a classic.

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    Robert M Holden 07-30-15 Member Since 2014

    I am married to the wonderful and amazing woman pictured here. I listen to books to make me a better husband, father and person.

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    "Love this series! Douglas Adams is hilarious!!!"

    can't believe I didn't read this when I was younger...when I read the Guide. Great stuff!

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    Jenny 07-22-15
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    I loved it. I thought Martin Freeman did a great job with all the voices (yes, even Zaphod). Thoroughly enjoyable.

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