Audio Edition – Read April 3, 2014
Original Release Date: January 1, 1980
Length: 204 pages
Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.
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 who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker’s Guide deleted the term “Future Perfect” from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!
In this audio version of “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” we have gained a new narrator, where the previous book was narrated by Stephen Fry who did a fantastic job, this one is by Martin Freeman. I assume everyone knows who Freeman is by now, but if not some of his more recent jobs including playing Bilbo Baggins on the big screen version of the Hobbit series and John Watson of the BBC series Sherlock Holmes. Plus he played Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie. So, I was leery of the whole narrating change, mostly because the start of the story seemed kind of bland. The story telling felt a little…one dimensional, but then the characters came in and surprised me. Freeman did a fantastic job in bringing each character to life. Though I have to admit Fry did a better Marvin, it’s just hard to perfect that character.
I did enjoy this book, I preferred reading this one but my son always asked to “listen to the book” when he got in the car. Which is always fantastic to hear, instead of singing along to his favorite band he wanted to listen to this book and wanted to wait until the end of the chapter to get out of the car. Love it, child like wonder should speak for itself when it comes to books.
“I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month. I am so hip I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.”