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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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    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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    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
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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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    Chuck Caden 02-04-15
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    I don't know why the other reviewers were so critical of the narration. I'm glad I gave it a chance. Martin Freeman did a great job. Especially for the voice of Zaphod. Stephen Fry's version was vague and uninspired. I never read the book before or saw the movie, and I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what kind of character Zaphod was in the first audio book. Freeman gave him some personality, brought him to life. It all clicked for me. Not sure why everyone was so passionate about not liking it. Get over it.

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    Dave Bob Newhart, Ca. 01-31-15
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    "Read well, but not great."

    The reader did a descent job, but some of the voices he choose do some of the characters was odd. Zaphod with a Brooklyn accent was odd.

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    I love the narrator. he does a wonderful job of reading this story and differentiating the characters.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this series is amazingI love how random it is.


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    I just wish that the chapters were actually marked, not how it does its own thing as in the books says that there are different chapters, but audible does not recognize them.

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