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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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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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Annoying Beeblebrox

Why does Martin Freeman’s Beeblebrox sound like George Costanza from Seinfeld?? It was grating to my ears and took away from the story! I liked Stephen Fry’s Beeblebrox much better in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe. I also do not understand some of the accents chosen by the narrator as they did not align with the first instalment’s accents. Unfortunate, as I really did not enjoy this one as much as the first even though I enjoyed reading the actual book. :(

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Incredible narration

Martin Freeman does an incredible American accent for Zaphod. Totally makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

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Extremely compelling but......

it takes a while to get there. the store itself does have many extremely funny parts. but overall I was waiting for something compelling to happen. and it just wasn't happening I was getting disappointed.
But but but! In the very last chapter.
THERE IT IS. BOOM
Back on board, and VERY excited for book 3

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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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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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Great sequel

Great sequel, really brings the characyers together and makes us want more all the way through

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Well written but not as good as I had hoped

Excellent voice performance, one of the best. Very well written book, but I did not find it that entertaining.

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Not nearly as good as hitchhikers guide.

Enjoyable but distracting. At least you learn the ultimate question.... not sure id listen again but Martin freeman does a great job. Not as good as Stephen fry but a solid performance

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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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  • Skip Walter
  • 2015-01-28

God bless Martin Freeman

I didn't think the Hitchhiker series could get any better than Stephen Fry narrating. Then I proceeded to book 2 and heard Martin Freeman in my ears. Goodbye Audible Credits! Totally. Worth. It. Best purchse so far on Audible.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • font21
  • 2020-02-29

Cringy Voice

I'm not saying it is the worse performance I've ever listened to. That is because Gary Chapman has narrated his own books. Stop yourself some pain searching for a sample. His performance is like is like Vogon poetry. Martin Freeman's voice of Zaphod Beeblebrox is like an American attempting a bad English accent and saying it is Australian. I can hardly concentrate on the story.

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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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  • Cole
  • 2020-05-17

sigh

I don't think it was nearly as good as the first. But maybe it seems worse than it actually is because the narrator is so bad. Got so annoyed whenever he did half the voices. Especially Zaphod.

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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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  • DilexiStone
  • 2009-10-06

You'll be glad you got it

Don't be swayed by the comments about Zaphod. I thought it was an excellent performance. Martin Freeman gives Zaphod the voice that he has in the books. He is amusingly shallow and charmingly inarticulate. He has, of course, an American accent. In his boastful moments he sounds a little like a serene Al Pacino and in his frustrated moments a little like a slightly stunned Keanu Reeves.

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