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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • Written by: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (455 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.” (The Washington Post Book World)

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.   

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. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally).

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

©1980 Serious Productions, Ltd. (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Great book. Did not like the voice of the reader

Great book. Did not like the voice of the reader though. Did Zaph beetlebrox (name spelled incorrectly I know) in what was like a Bronx or new jersey accent. Very off-putting

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Letdown

Somewhat disappointing after Hitchhiker’s Guide book 1. I already purchased book 3 together with 2, so I guess I’ll stick it out for another. (Now I’m starting to sound like Marvin)

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Genius

Clever, funny, loved it. If you like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy then be sure to continue the series.

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Tough book to narrate

Tooooo Loud and Disjointed for my liking...Love the series though, some ahead of it's time social concepts

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great witty story. money grows on trees!!!!

loved it. only problem I had was they used some weird voice changer for robotic voices. wasn't always clear in the audio.

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Reader just doesn’t do it justice

What happened to the original audiobook version read by Douglas Adams? Someone please reply if they know where I can get it!! I can just not rap my head around a Zaphod with a Italian New Yorker accent! Marvins voice is awful too. Returning this unfinished!

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Overblown Inappropriate Accents Destroy Enjoyment

Mildly annoying accents at the start escalate to ruin appreciation of otherwise good read. The only reason Squarebob Spongepants voices appear in middle is to show off accents of narrator as far as I can tell

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Funny, smart, and well read

One of the best. Martin Freeman brings this always wonderful adventure to life so well.

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it was ok

not as strong or engaging a story as the first in the same series of books.

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A story for the ages

I can't believe I took so long to get around to this series, it draws a certain line between silly and serious matters that it just becomes entertaining. Martin Freeman made a great performance as well.

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  • Matthew
  • 2006-07-29

A good book tainted

First off, if you've listened to the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by downloading it from Audible, then you were probably pleased with the voice acting. It was superb. If you expect the same quality in subsequent books....well, you're in for a shock. The voice acting is, in my opinion, atrocious. Granted, it's a different actor, but that's where the problem is: Zaphod Beeblebrox. It is the most annoying voice ever. The narrator's voice is fine. But not his Zaphod Beeblebrox. It is the exact opposite of the Hitchiker;s Guide voice and 100 times more annoying. Trust me, you will be cursing Douglas Adams for every moment he decided to include Zaphod in the book, and not because Zaphod is annoying. No. It is because the narrator's Zaphod is jarringly stereotypical. After listening to the voice and then seeing the producer's name, it's a wonder he didn't prevent this bad portrayal.
In short, then, I had every intention of listening to the complete series but then was convinced by the narrator not to. The closest experience to this book was a very bad rendition of Tom Sawyer where the the voice of Tom was so...I can't even describe it. It just made me want to wretch.
Douglas Adams is great, though. Don't confuse my review as a scathing criticism on Adams. Oh no. It's all about the narrator in this one and apparently in subsequent audio releases of the series.

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  • J. Carpenter
  • 2007-05-24

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.

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  • Krist
  • 2019-05-12

It’s just not fun anymore

I miss Stephen Fry.
I hate Martin Freeman.
The books are great.
That is all.

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  • gwynkitty
  • 2009-08-01

The narrator is mostly harmless

I was worried by the comments on the narration, but I actually loved this Zaphod. The narrator is no Stephen Fry, but he's quite good and I found the book to be quite enjoyable. I think it boils down to different preferences, so if you loved reading these books don't let the naysayers scare you off. I plan to get the next three.

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  • DrVeebs
  • 2012-07-02

I love this book!

Would you listen to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe again? Why?

Yes, it's a classic, and listening to it aloud makes it even more fun.

What did you like best about this story?

All of the Hitchhiker books are hilarious, and this one is no exception.

What about Martin Freeman’s performance did you like?

I liked his voice for Marvin the paranoid android.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I hate Martin Freeman's Zaphod Beeblebrox voice. He sounds like Joe Pesci.

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  • MrAnders
  • 2010-01-03

Still funny!

I have no idea why people are complaining about the narration. It's high quality and each character sounds unique. If you want a monotone boring narrator like the people below, then I guess this isn't for you. The narration in this book is very comparable to the great job Stephen Fry did in the first book.

The book itself is pretty good and makes me want to continue the series. I love the world, or should I say "universe" created by Douglas Adams in this series. It's refreshing and exciting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2009-06-26

Great, But not as great as book one

I thought this book was great. The first one was a bit better, but that is only because it has the natural advantage of being a bit more shocking to the reader making it slightly more exciting. By now your a little more used to, as is Arthur, the impressively random and outlandish events that stretched your brain in the first book. But there are still just as many random and outlandish adventures to be had in book two.

I'm not sure why everyone thought the narrator was so awful. I thought he was fine. I had a different reader for the first HGTTG. He was fine too.

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  • Diane Yoon
  • 2007-10-12

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.

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  • Rob
  • 2010-08-21

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.

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  • SGW555
  • 2010-10-07

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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