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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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Overall good.

Unlike other reviews, I enjoyed Martin Freeman's performance in this. The first book had a better story tho. Still enjoyed the book.

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  • LK
  • 18-11-20

An earth-man, his unearthly friends and a robot.

Martin Freeman lends a unique voice to each character and wonderfully narrates Arthur Dent's journey across the galaxy.

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Great narration

Amazing narration by Martin Freeman . Truly captures the essence of the series in my opinion

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The Ultimate much awaited question.

So, the ultimate question to the answer 42, sounds like a writing or narration error. :(

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  • Peter
  • 29-05-19

A food for your brain

I am a fan of Douglas Adams, so I might be biased. I like this book and narrator's performance included gives you wonderful entertainment.

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  • Trekcats
  • 09-10-19

Could be better

The long passages of narration really need to be performed, like someone is speaking, or it is just too boring. The voices for the characters are good though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-18

Brilliant

Loved it. An absolute awesome book and read in a super enjoyable way. Definitely worth it

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  • Annique Smith
  • 29-12-18

Enjoyed it

Martin Freeman was not as good as Stephen Fry but not bad at all. The only voice I didn't like was that of Zaphod's. Otherwise, I think it was a great performance.

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  • BAM
  • 21-12-18

Great Sequel

It's a fun book. Very clear though that women in this series are under utilized. They're basically cardboard cut outs and no personality. it might be a problem of the books from this time. Aside from that, this is really well-written and I enjoyed a break from Steven Fry's voice for the sequel (mostly kidding). Fry does a WAY better job than the narrator in this version.

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  • sjouke
  • 20-09-15

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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  • Marcus
  • 08-02-19

painful narration

Story still great, but the screechy narration (ZB4 was particularly grating) makes the book impossible to finish. Returning it, and going to find some old bbc-recording

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  • Miareadsbooks
  • 06-03-18

Always 42

It may not be Stephen Fry narrating book 2 but by the gods, it's Martin Freeman and he does an equally brilliant job narrating this classic!

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  • Ross
  • 25-01-18

Martin Freedman is good. Very good.

Martin Freedman is good. Very good. Different to Stephen Fry but none the less very good. Douglas Adams is excellent. All the rest is fabulous.

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  • Ruben J.
  • 19-01-18

great so far

marvelous, magnificent, mostly epic. This is one of the best sci-fi and comedy stories ever made.

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  • Auburn
  • 05-03-17

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.

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  • Tony
  • 14-10-13

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

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  • Alphi1847
  • 14-06-19

Ruined by narrator

This superb piece of humouronus science fiction written in the wonderful, inimitable manner of Douglas Adams is absolutely destroyed by the bland, lack lustre efforts of Martin Freeman who might as well be reading the telephone directory as this book. His narration lacks commitment, vigour and enthusiasm; to say nothing of the feeble efforts made to distinguish characters by voice tone and inflection. Will be paying particular attention when purchasing in future. Mr Freeman will himself be by-passed.

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  • Sadie
  • 07-02-20

Martin Freeman is sending me to sleep

loved the first one this one however is very disappointing. Martin Freemans voice is boring and makes me tune out. really wish I hadn't bought two now..

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  • Oliver
  • 13-04-13

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.

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  • Nina
  • 12-11-17

Out there...in the Universe...exists a great book.

A fantastic continuation to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. This story is full of British humour and entertainment. Arthur Dent continues to explore the universe accompanied by his trusty towel, and on the way discovers new places, creatures and witnesses things out of this world.
A perfect book to enjoy and loose yourself for hours.

Martin Freeman is a man of many talents. His narration is of the highest standard. His steady voice lets you experience and imagine the events in the story, as the world passes by. Overall, it’s a perfect listen.

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  • ben
  • 22-03-17

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!

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  • Ricardo Oliveira
  • 01-12-16

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.

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  • S
  • 06-03-15

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. .


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  • Lottie
  • 13-04-13

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.

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  • Sarah
  • 18-10-17

Great story

Loved Martin Freeman’s narrating, and this story is a winner. But it was a little jarring to go from Stephen Fry (my all time fav narrator) to Martin Freeman. Especially since Zaphod suddenly has a Jersey accent which is annoying at first but you get used to it. Freeman still does a top job.

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  • Alex Gray
  • 05-01-17

Mostly Good

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-20

Martin is no Stephen

This sequel is not as good as the first book, but is not helped by not having Stephen Fry on board. Martin Freeman is too monotone.

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  • Adam Bush
  • 01-04-20

A great continuation.

The wackiness and absurdity continues in this great continuation of A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-20

Fantabulous Wonderment

The end line about the Book really got me, well done, both written and performed

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  • Madam Curious
  • 22-11-20

Not as good as the first book

Both the story and the narration aren’t as good as the first book (with Stephen Fry’s narration). Stephen played into the quirky weirdness of the book, by making the character voices and the parts of the story that he emphasised, equally as wacky as the plot! Martin narrates this as if this was a normal story, not playing up the wacky elements, just merely commenting and acknowledging them. I really love Martin Freeman as an actor (comedic or otherwise), but as a voice actor for books I personally think his style is better suited to less quirky stories. As for the plot of this book, I found it to have bigger gaps between the funny wacky bits, which made it less funny and a bit less interesting. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll keep this audiobook or return it, since it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first one, but is needed if I wish to relisten to the full series again.

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  • Dan
  • 09-10-20

A Masterpiece

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I am glad I found it. The narrator is amazing even though Zaphods accent needs some adjusting when you have listened to Stephen Fry reading the first book. This book contains so many lessons packed in so much nonesense and I love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-20

Hilarious

The narrator is amazing. he does the voices so well. Also the story is so funny.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-20

amazing

really really really good with a cool twist 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

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  • citta gazze
  • 24-12-19

Martin Freeman convert

I wasn't sure about Martin Freeman narrating, as I don't really like his acting (and because I listened to Stephen Fry's delicious narration of The Hitchhiker's Guide) but he's actually really really good! I enjoyed it immensely! Looking for other books he's narrated now :-) In terms of story - this is a classic. If you liked the Hitchhiker's Guide then you know what to expect.