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

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    Kenneth Richmond, VT, United States 05-12-14
    Kenneth Richmond, VT, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2010
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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.


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    LosBaz 05-11-14
    LosBaz 05-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the first book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I didn't like this book because I felt like it had too much useless fluff and didn't answer any of my questions from the first book. I loved the first book, but don't know if I will continue on with the series if they're like this one. Also, the narration is not as good as Stephen Fry.


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    Lindsay D Chumley 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "You know, that guy... or maybe you don't."
    Any additional comments?

    I love how all of the reviews I've seen refer to Martin Freeman simply as "the narrator." In case you were tragically unaware, he played Arthur Dent in HHGTTG the movie... Which is why they chose him to narrate. Stephen Fry narrated parts of the movie. Granted, I do prefer Stephen Fry to Martin Freeman, but it's not like he's just some guy out of left field either. Maybe if more people realized he was in the movie, they would've given him more of a break.

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    Bethany S. Moore Somewhere South 01-30-14
    Bethany S. Moore Somewhere South 01-30-14 Member Since 2013

    Book Freak

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

    Martin Freeman as a narrator is brilliant! I was rolling with laughing most of the time, not only because of the sardonic comedy of Adams' work, but also because of the narrator's comedic delivery. LOVED IT! :)


    Have you listened to any of Martin Freeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am a huge Martin Freeman fan but this was the first audiobook I'd heard him narrate. LOVE!!!!!


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    Tech Palindrome Boston, MA 10-17-13
    Tech Palindrome Boston, MA 10-17-13 Member Since 2013

    too many tech toys

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    "One voice killed it all for me."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Why you could not get Fry to voice this I will never understand. Freeman was okay but his voicing of Zaphod as a stereotype obnoxious NYC style voice made this completely impossible to listen to.


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

    When my ears bled from the terrible voicing for Zaphod


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With terrible voicing of Zaphod


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Movies of good narrative sci-fi tend to suck like the vacuum of space.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry... too distracted by my bleeding ears to be able to type right now.

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    contrary_weasel United States 08-01-13
    contrary_weasel United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Utterly wrong narrator for this story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. This guy TALKS TOO LOUDLY and has some sort of Bronx / New Jersey type accent which is absolutely wrong for Hitchhiker's Guide narration. Yes, we were spoiled by Stephen Fry's narration of H2G2, but even discounting that, the entire narration just sets my teeth on edge. Conversations were not meant to be shouted. British characters were not meant to sound like they failed an audition for the Sopranos. It's just WRONG.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Martin Freeman’s performances?

    Yes if I was listening to a gangster / Northeast-based story.... maybe... We often listen at bedtime, and this guy's "conversations" are way over the top dramatically loud. I suppose if I was listening on a solo road trip, I could maybe tolerate it.


    Was The Restaurant at the End of the Universe worth the listening time?

    Not this version, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be seeking a Stephen Fry (or any other narrator) version. Should have tried the sample before purchasing, but I figured.... how could we go wrong with Douglas Adams.

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    John F Chandler, AZ 07-31-13
    John F Chandler, AZ 07-31-13
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    "Why this guy?"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Adams and/or Martin Freeman?

    I listened to Hitchhikers Guide read by Stephen Fry and I was hooked. I never read these books before and thought, "WOW, I was to hear all these!" That's until I started listening to this one. Martin Freeman sounds like Marvin the robot, dull and like a lot of listeners are saying, Zaphod's voice is reeeeaaly annoying. I seriously cannot concentrate on it when I'm listening in my car. Mr. Freeman attempts different voices for different characters but he starts to slip into a normal voice or someone elses which is distracting too. I didn't totally drop the bomb on this audio book because it has some ok reading, but overall....meh, not sure if I'll get the next one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Freeman?

    Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen Fry


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    Stephanie J. Bequeath United States 05-20-13
    Stephanie J. Bequeath United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "The Voices are Terrible"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they read it, yes. If they want to listen to it, no.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Freeman?

    Stephen Fry. He read The Hitchhiker's Guide brilliantly and, short of the fact, Martin was cast as Arthur in the movie, I don't have any idea why the whole series wasn't given to Fry. He narrated the movie too. I like Martin's acting, but I couldn't get past the character voices. Arthur was spot on - can't imagine why!


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    Michael C. Caulder Santa Monica, California USA 03-31-13
    Michael C. Caulder Santa Monica, California USA 03-31-13 Member Since 2008

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    "No Stephen Fry"

    I really like Martin Freeman as an actor, but his is just not the right voice to narrate literature. After listening to Stephen Fry's wonderful narration/interpretation of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I was excited to continue the series. Unfortunately I really couldn't even get past the first 20 minutes of The Restaurant at the End... because of the narration.

    Freeman's voice lacks the authority, the gravitas, that made Fry's narration so enjoyable. It's precisely what makes him such a great Arthur Dent that makes him so unsuited to the narration. It's not his fault, he was miscast.

    Imagine if instead of Anthony Hopkins, they'd cast Dudley Moore as Hannibal Lecter. Hell, instead of Dudley Moore what if they'd cast Anthony Hopkins as Arthur? These choices matter.

    I'm going to keep plowing ahead because the book is so good, but as it stands I'm not dying to listen to any more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 03-20-13
    Dean 03-20-13 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "british comedy...and sci-fi...properly funny"

    The second installment in Adams story of Authur Dent makes for a great time. Not too long and the twists are fun even for someone who has read the series many times before. Only Adams in traditional English style can make a joke out of verb tenses in the context of time travel. The story he tells is solid enough that fantastic special effects would not be needed for a visual presentaion.

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