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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2)

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Arthur Dent accidentally jams the computer with a request for tea, Zaphod is sent through the Total Perspective Vortex, and the whole group is reunited at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, millions of years into the future, but while escaping, Arthur and Ford are teleported to a ship that crashes on prehistoric Earth. This book picks up right where the previous one ended - don't read these out of order. I especially liked Zaphod and Marvin's side trip to Frogstar World B, the kooky visit to Milliways, and Arthur and Ford's trying to figure out how to live on Earth. Adams humor permeates - if you like it, you'll like this. I like Martin Freeman as the reader for the audio version, but some of the sound effects are annoying. ( )
  -Eva- | Mar 26, 2016 |
Martin Freeman should do the narration for all books that have a majority of male characters. The book itself is fun, but Freeman made it for me. ( )
  avanders | Mar 22, 2016 |
A fine sequel. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Frustrating because I love this book but this narrator did not quite do it justice. His interpration of Zaphod was an old Jewish man ( )
  melcbooks | Mar 17, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading this second book as I did the first.
Trillian, Ford, Arthur, Marvin and Zaphod are off again on crazy adventures that lead them to quite the interesting places to say the least.
I cracked up laughing when Marvin reluctantly distracts a robot who is after Zaphod and proceeds to outwit him fairly easily. The other robot tries to show off by taking out a whole floor and plunges to the ground as he was standing on it. Marvin then goes on to say "What a depressingly stupid machine." (page 94).
Just when things start to slowly seem to be working themselves out, trouble finds this crew and sends half of them in a teleport to a ship headed to a seemingly strange plant while the other half ends is back on the Heart of Gold ship.
The book ends on a cliffhanger and I'm so glad I have the next book to read so I don't have to wait impatiently to find out.
Some of the concepts, language and general adventures are completely out of this world, gut bustingly funny and hard to put down.
I can't wait to see what happens next to these people that have found themselves thrown together. ( )
  Eire2011 | Mar 11, 2016 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bauer, JerryAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, AdamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Dedication
To Jane and James

with many thanks
to Geoffrey Perkins for achieving the Improbable
to Paddy Kingsland, Lisa Braun and Alick Hale Munro for helping him
to John Lloyd for his help with the original Milliways script
to Simon Brett for starting the whole thing off

to the Paul Simon album One Trick Pony which I played incessantly while writing this book. Five years is far too long

And with very special thanks to Jacqui Graham for infinite patience, kindness and food in adversity
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[Book 2 Only] "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" is the title of the second in a series of novels (as well as the second in a series of radio dramas). The five works in the series are generally referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "The Hitchhiker Trilogy", as is the series of radio dramas. Though there are unabridged audio recordings of these works, the radio dramas are considerably different from the printed works. Eoin Colfer, of "Artemis Fowl" fame, contracted in 2008 to write the next volume of the "Trilogy."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345418921, Paperback)

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.

Among Arthur’s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend and expert contributer 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. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally).

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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:34 -0400)

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Earthling Arthur Dent, Ford Perfect, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, the ex-president of the galaxy, are all aboard a space ship on a search for answers about life, the universe, and the perfect place to eat in space.

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