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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Audiobook

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©1980 Serious Productions Ltd (P)2006 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Kenneth 29/09/2016
    Kenneth 29/09/2016 Member Since 2015

    A reader from my youth in several languages, to have now discovered Audible is more than a bonus.

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    "Better than perfection?"

    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!

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    Roneil Billimoria 07/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Performance!"

    Great listen... Highly recommended, very funny at times and highly enjoyable throughout! But it must be said, the plot is a bit weak...

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    Ashlea 28/09/2015
    Ashlea 28/09/2015
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    "Fun"

    Martin Freeman is so great to listen to. Very easy story to listen to. I had quite a few laughs

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    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 22/08/2015
    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 22/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A Classic Science Fiction & perfect Naration"

    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.

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  • sjouke
    20/09/15
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    "Martin Freeman ruined this book series for me"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    6/03/15
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    "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. .


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    Minster, United Kingdom
    13/04/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    London, United Kingdom
    14/10/13
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    "Great book, narrator made me scream"
    What did you like best about The Restaurant at the End of the Universe? What did you like least?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible, screechy voice characters


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lottie
    GRAYS, United Kingdom
    13/04/13
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • karen
    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    13/04/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ricardo Oliveira
    1/12/16
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    "Sound issues"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hjip
    25/11/16
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    "Incredible book
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    Loved the book. Now one of my favourite series of books. It is absolutely hysterical at its best and merely funny at its worst

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/10/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Pendergast
    26/04/16
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    "Funny!"

    It was great hearing the 2nd book finally and read by Martin was a bonus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly
    4/04/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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