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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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    Pam 11/09/2017
    Pam 11/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Why yes, I do want to be read to by Martin Freeman"

    how thoroughly enjoyable. i look forward to listening to Martin Freeman read me more books.

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    07/08/2017
    07/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Short and tiringly absurd"

    Martin Freeman is fantastic, but the story is tiring in its absurdity. I really felt like I wanted more story and a little less ridiculousness.

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    23/05/2017
    23/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "good book"

    Super weird as always Mr Adams, but a great
    book to listen to, to escape the monotony of catching the train to uni.

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    10/05/2017
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    "honestly nowhere near as good as the first"

    Martin Freeman's dictation is bloody amazing. but that's more of less all I really enjoyed about the book. I think it's a poor and relatively uninteresting follow up to what I thought was
    an absolutely brilliant book 1

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    george 26/01/2017
    george 26/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An excellent read"

    Beautiful book with many exciting twists and turns. Something for all with story lines that keep you gripping in excitement.

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    Alan Netherclift 25/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great except for one characters accent."

    the narrators accent for the character Zephod Beeblbrox tends to ruin this reading of this great book. A bronx accent doesn't fit the character but the rest is great.

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    Amazon Customer 05/01/2017
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    "Mostly Good"

    Quite jarring to go from Stephen Fry to Martin Freeman's narration, but still expertly done!

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    Scott 11/12/2016
    Scott 11/12/2016
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    "Just as good as the first."

    Excellent work from Douglas Adams once again. Martin Freeman is an excellent narrator, whos voices give the characters personality and life.

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

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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 2017
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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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  • sjouke
    20/09/15
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    "Martin Freeman ruined this book series for me"
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    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. .


    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Auburn
    5/03/17
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    "Excellent book ruined by lacklustre narration"

    After Stephen Fry's excellent narration of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the swap to Martin Freeman for this second book was a big disappointment.

    Freeman's inflection is at times so off that I wondered whether this was his first ever read through, and his narration is lacklustre and monotonous enough that it's often hard to tell where the narration ends and Marvin the Paranoid Android's speech begins. Oh, Zaphod Beeblebrox suddenly has a bizarre parody of an Italian American mobster accent.

    Adams' writing is of course still excellent, but I struggled to finish this audiobook because of the poor narration and likely shan't bother purchasing the rest.

    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


    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. R. G. Koren
    1/04/17
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    "Love it."

    Love this though provoking concept. Hilariously funny. A great follow on from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    22/03/17
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    "freeman has amazing voice acting!"

    there was only one voice I wasn't sure what to do with, but every single character was consistantly and believable, and when you look at lots of other audio books, that's hard to achieve. a great read for a great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Sweeney
    3/01/17
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    "Lost the plot line a few times"

    Second time listening though the book was better than the first time listening though it.

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony M
    Brighton well Hove actually
    23/08/17
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    Martin Freeman's characterisations took a little getting used to following directly on from Stephen Fry in the first book. ( although Fry's narration reminded me strongly of the Harry Potter characters from the audiobooks ). However once settled in, the narration matched the style of the author very well and made for an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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