If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?
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A reader from my youth in several languages, to have now discovered Audible is more than a bonus.
Having seen many times the brilliant adaptation of the book by the BBC, and having read the book itself, I had not even considered that there might be something, not simply as good an experience, but perhaps even better. Martin Freeman's s reading and interpretation of the book is a pure joy. Indeed, being unabridged, it brings out even more clearly the wit and the observations that are in the text itself. His ability to adapt his voice to that of the narrator and to the various characters is quite remarkable, and absolutely convincing. A wonderful performance!
Fully enjoyed the story and now listening to it in audio by Martin Freeman, reminds me so much of the main character, Arthur!
Enjoyable humour and wit, followed by this classic storyline.
"Martin Freeman ruined this book series for me"
The interpretation of the characters I found really off, especially following Stephen Fry's interpretations for the first book. While I've read the books previously and thoroughly enjoyed them - the story is brilliant - Martins reading put me off and i couldnt even get through it.
"Not as good as HHGTTG"
Considering that I wished HHGTTG would never end, I found myself wishing away most of the tedious minutes of The Restaurant...Characters I didn't much care for, a story that never seemed to be going anywhere, and attempts at humour which all too often fell flat. Martin Freeman's narration was amusing, but not a patch on Stephen Fry's Hitchhiker's Guide. Not sure if I will bother with the next in the series, in case this ship is on a downward trajectory. .
"A fantastic edition to the series"
I rarely find a book that can send me into fits of laughter on public transport but The Restaurant at the End of the Universe had me in hysterics from start to finish. The wonderfully British humor and the random spiraling tangents will keep any well respected gentlemen giggling throughout the duration of the book.
"Great book, narrator made me scream"
Like all the 'Hitchhikers' books, this is great. But Martin Freeman's voice when doing the characters drove me crazy. When he was speaking as Zaphod's older ghost relative, the screeching went on and on, and made me give up listening for a while - in the end, I could only continue by fast-forwarding.
It's hard to do good narration while also doing different voices for characters. Freeman's voice is good as a normal story-teller. But someone should've stopped him, cos he made me hate this audio book.
Terrible, screechy voice characters
You don't need to be a big Sci- Fi fan to enjoy this series! Douglas Adams is the champion of humour and randomness! Although, you may feel insignificant, or jealous of the adventures of Arthur Dent as he travels around the universe with Ford, Trillion and Beeblebrox, he takes you with him to all the different places beyond your imagination.
"The restaurant at the end of the universe"
I found this book to be pure enjoyment from start to finish. Martin Freeman is the perfect choice for narrator.
Sound needs a bit of adjustment to be easier to listen.
The story is not as good as the first book, but it's worth your time.
Loved the book. Now one of my favourite series of books. It is absolutely hysterical at its best and merely funny at its worst
"Randomness for the sake of being random"
The story tries to be random and absurd, sometimes it does this well but other times it seems pointless.
It's difficult to read aloud a book with so many characters and Freeman doesn't really handle it well, sounding childish for many of the spoken characters.
It was great hearing the 2nd book finally and read by Martin was a bonus!
"Wacky voices for a wacky story"
Wasn't too sure how Martin would perform after listening to the first book read by Stephen Fry, but he has a wonderful range of enjoyable voices bringing each character to life. This series is so bizarre and enjoyable that everyone must give it a chance.
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