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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Audiobook

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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 the Critics Say

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

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    Kat 05-07-16
    Kat 05-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Martin freeman"

    made this book just fun :) the narration was on point! it's simply a classic.

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    mike 05-02-16
    mike 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "goood"

    good voice acting, good music, i really want to get to the 3rd of the trilogy now

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    HarryInVA Buckingham, VA United States 04-29-16
    HarryInVA Buckingham, VA United States 04-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Ruined for me by narration"
    Where does The Restaurant at the End of the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very low on the list


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Martin Freeman had not pulled so many "funny" voices for the characters. I love Freeman as an actor, but his hammy performance and awful character voices buried the humor in this reading. His Max Quadropleen is done in a god-awful "TV evangelist" voice of the type we thought was funny 35 years ago when Steve Martin and Robin Williams were doing it to death. His Zaphod Beeblebrox is performed in an execrable "New York" accent, event though his speech is peppered with British colloquialisms. Almost unlistenable. I don't know if I will finish it. I should have gotten the dramatized version with the original cast. The books are somewhat padded, anyway.


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    Icryeverytime 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish it was better"

    the reading was great but the story felt jumbled and non-sensical towards the middle and end

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    per 04-07-16
    per 04-07-16 Member Since 2015

    a boy from norway 23 years old. listen to audiobooks beacause i i hate reading, but i love the storys that are written down.

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    "not near the epicnes of the first book"

    not a story for me... it looks like the author just made up a story on the go. almost like he was in inprowe class.
    you can notice it in the dialogs, the pointless talking. but i listen trough it all since i enjoyed the first book so much

    maybe someone else liked it tough. isn't the worst i have heard

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    Julianne Bentley 04-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻!!!!!"

    This book has good pacing is witty,hilarious maybe even a bit immature but overall good.😄

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    mother 04-02-16
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    "love this version"

    Martin Freeman is brilliant. His change of accent are terrific. Well worth a listen.

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    JT 03-26-16
    JT 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story a nice continuation"

    loved it and Martin did an excellent job of reading it. kept my attention and kept it interesting.

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    Matthew R. Pray 03-22-16

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    What did you like best about The Restaurant at the End of the Universe? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the humor of this book. I found my self joking about it days later, when I finally got some of the jokes! There is more to this story than just the random things that happen. My least favorite part, is how the story jumps around a bit too much, but that's not a real big deal.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I've heard a lot of people complaining about the narration. It is GREAT! It is also DIFFERENT from the first book. I think that's what everyone had a hard time with. SO...what I did was listen to a different book after listening to Hitchhikers Guide, and I had forgotten some of the accents in the first book. It helped me quite a bit adjust to Zafod's new voice.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to Hitchhiker's First, then switch gears, listen to a completely different book...then come back for book two. You will enjoy the new narrator this way.

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    Joshua 03-19-16
    Joshua 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very funny but optionally deep"

    starts out interesting and funny but there is some really deep stuff if you think about it

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