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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Prebound)) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Douglas Adams
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May 2002 Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Prebound) (Book 3)
--The Washington Post Book World
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!
"What's such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams' sardonically silly eyes."
--Detroit Free Press
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: New Millennium Audio; Unabridged edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590072634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590072639
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 12.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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The classic comic science fiction masterpiece with a new introduction by Mitch Benn. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - "Where shall we have dinner?" The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about. VOLUME TWO IN THE TRILOGY OF FIVE. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average meal out 25 Oct 2009
I can now confirm that whatever version of The Hitchhiker's Guide that appears in my head it's not the books. I think I've deluded myself that after a 16 plus years gap that I'd actually read them rather than had a mangled version of half listened too radio plays and TV series with a little new film mixed in. So after getting over that I found The Restaurant at the End of the Universe quite familiar but also very refreshing.

Beyond the two key moments of the book, one that involves the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, there is a weaving of something bigger that involves Zaphod and his brains, which might hopefully explains why he stole the spaceship Heart of Gold in the first place.

As I'm book two and still on familiar territory I'm getting the feeling that for Adams plot wasn't the important factor, as you could boil it down those two main set pieces, but more the language and the playing with humanity and our view of ourselves.

The humour and there are lot of funny moments at times comes from how stupid we are. We being everyone in galaxy it seems. Though saying that we're not important and you realise that when you read The Guide's entry on The Universe - some information to help you live in it. Boiling down to it's vast so vast in fact that anything in it so small that it's not worth mentioning. So nothing anyone does is very important.

But what they do is fascinating especially the way that Adams writes it. Not only has he given us a great cast in Arthur, Trillian, Ford, Zaphod and Marvin he's placed them in some in some bizarre and mind altering situations and seeing how they cope. And Arthur's request for a cup of Tea at the beginning is so not the answer to anything.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 14 Dec 2002
Format:School & Library Binding
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe begins where The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy left off, only Zaphod Beeblebrox's idea of stopping for dinner at the aforementioned restaurant is delayed a bit (or an incredibly long bit, depending on your upcoming temporal location). Having escaped the legendary planet Magrathea without having been killed by intergalactic policemen or, in the case of Arthur Dent, having his brain slicked up and studied for the inherent Question of the Life, the Universe, and Everything which is undoubtedly hardwired into it somewhere, the hoopiest cast of space travelers in the galaxy thought their troubles were over, or at least greatly lessened. They were completely wrong. The Vogon ship that destroyed the earth shows up to destroy the last two remnants of that now-dead world, namely Arthur Dent and Trillian McMillian. Unfortunately, Arthur's increasingly strident demands for a cup of real tea have the entire computer system on board the Heart of Gold focused on that task rather than anything as silly as escaping imminent destruction. This is just the beginning of this particular set of adventures. Other highlights include a visit by Zaphod's dead great-grandfather, a night of drinks and food at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Zaphod's experience inside the universally-feared Total Perspective Vortex, a trip in the mega-rock band Danger Area's stunt ship into a sun, a meeting with the real Ruler of the Universe, and a return trip to the Earth-sort of.
Nobody crams as much comedy per page as Douglas Adams. While The Restaurant at the End of the Universe isn't quite as amazing as its predecessor, this is only because its predecessor was so amazingly original and different from everything that came before it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Having escaped Earth shortly before it's destruction, Arthur Dent finds himself travelling in the company of the work-dodging journalist Ford Prefect, the insane adventurer Zaphon Beeblebrox, Tricia Macmillan (aka Trillian) a girl he met at a party and the morbidly depressed robot Marvin. Together they pull up a seat in the establishment of the title and prepare to watch the destruction of the universe.
More of the same from Adams, with wonderfully twisted logic combines with the insightfully witty entries in the Guide to provide alot of clever ideas and more clever humour. As always, Arthur's slightly bemused take on the events of his life add a tone to the story that rings amusingly true for a fellow Englishman. By now we all know that the answer to the Ultimate Question About Life, The Universe And Everything is 42. In this book (in another wonderful twist of logic) we discover that though the answer is correct, the question itself is wrong. Best of all is when Arthur and Ford find themselves on a spaceship full of insufferable middlemen, beauraucrats and hair dressers, who turn out to be the founders of the human race.
I found that Adams' disposal of the supporting cast was a bit casual and poorly explained. Also, the description of the Restaurant is pretty nausating (but that's probably intentional).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy � Part 2 23 May 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
While later additions to the series can be read on a take them or leave them basis, it's really rather pointless to separate The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy from The Restaurant At The End of the Universe, as the two books seem to form the two halves of one longer story. As such this sequel finally wraps up all the mysterious clues left about Zaphod Beeblebrox's past brain surgery and his reason for stealing the Heart of Gold in the first place, and we finally get the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything - or at least as close as we are going to get thanks to a brilliant twist ending that sees the whole history of life on Earth upset 2 million years in the past. The Hitchhikers Guide itself start to play a larger role than just a framing device thanks to the novel starting with a trip to their publishing offices, and it's interesting to note just how much of this novel is dominated by Zaphod Beeblebrox - it's only really in the last third of the novel after they are all separated that Arthur Dent steps out of the shadows. In effect 3 excellent concepts crammed together - Zaphod's quest for the ruler of the universe, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe itself, and the Golgafringan ark - this novel lives up to the brilliance of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and satisfyingly wraps up the tale. The later novels are fun, but to all intents and purposes this book completes the tale.
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Read a few times. The more I read the stores, the more I think Adams was a genius. If you think about work and every day situations, the quirky aliens remind more of real life... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
"Hitchhikers Guide" is unbeatable, but this runs it close, and the cow serving its own steaks to diners equals the best of Hitchhikers.
Published 5 months ago by mjb
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
perfect for both adults and kids, would recommend to anyone who likes a good comedy. love douglas adams writing style.
Published 8 months ago by By Me
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I have just re read this book on my Kindle. The book was very disappointing, and so dated nowadays. Good book just not to my taste
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
Great book by awesome author, recommend by all means
Go to hell amazon with the stupid minimum word limit system
Published 9 months ago by Martin Holeysovskı
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Genius Instalment
Douglas Adams at his best! If you liked Hitchhikers, you'll love this too, what more is there to say?

Going to buy the next one ASAP!
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