The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Douglas Adams
Narrator: Martin Freeman
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Phoenix Audio
Published In: N/A
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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--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

Reviews (13)

Ok overall

Written by Larry Brinckerhoff on March 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really like the first book, but this one was not as good. I found myself trying to get into it and eventually I did....but it was not easy. I did enjoy some of the humor, but it got old. Not the best book to listen to but not the worst.


Written by Laurajean on July 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It should be unlawful to listen to this book while driving. I was laughing so hard and often that I almost cause multiple accidents. If you're a Douglas Adams fan, this is a MUST, if you're not... you'll become one after this book. If you're still not a fan after this book, you don't deserve to be alive. ;-)


Written by Anonymous from Alpharetta, GA on April 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is one of his best. It's a bit out there but it all ties back in making for a story that is not only full of funny bits but engaging. I enjoy the fact that the narrator is also the reader. It provides that extra level of insight. If you are a fan, this is a must.

Twisted, but good

Written by Howeln from Alpine, CA on November 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you didn't like the first book, this one isn't any better. If you liked the first book, this one is better. At this point, the twisted humor in this series is starting to grow on you. While the book is funny, you might start thinking some of this makes since. And I think it looses some of the edge of the first book, just because you start to understand some of a way. Aside from that, the twisted universe in Adams brain will still provide that humor you have come to love. And the book is worth it.

Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Written by Talmadge V Vessels Jr on August 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Imaginative continuation of the Hitchhiker's Guide series. The characters are real, beautiful or creepy, and the journey is inventive and believable -- in an unbelievable way. Thank you, Douglas Adams, for a great read.

Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Written by Anonymous from Crown Point, IN on March 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another fabulous book by Adams. I did prefer the first book (Hitchhiker) but this was also great. I must complain about the recording. Each CD consists of recording on one track. This means if you take that CD out, you have a real tough time finding your spot. I've never seen this before and found it very frustrating. I had to schedule lots of listening time to make sure I could finish the CD in one sitting. Poorly done by the recorders. No reflection on the quality of the book or the writing by this author.

Poor sequel

Written by ML on March 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A disappointing follow up to The Hitchhiker's Guide. A few moments of laughs interrupt the unending boredom of this sequel. If you loved The Hitchhiker's Guide, skip this.

Resturant at the end of the universe

Written by Anonymous from Tampa, FL on February 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book, a lot of fun! Very clever. Loved it.

Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Written by Ron Saxton on September 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a great follow up to " The Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy". Douglas Adams humor is great and the inflections he put into each sentence is wonderful.

Adams Goodness!

Written by Anonymous on February 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The only flaw in this fabulous audiobook read by the author is that there's only 1 track per CD, which can be frustrating. Overall, an awesome listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Adams, Douglas

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952, educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge where, in 1974 he gained a BA (and later an MA) in English literature.

He was creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker�s Guide to the Galaxywhich started life as a BBC Radio 4 series. Since its first airing in March 1978 it has been transformed into a series of best-selling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game and several stage adaptations.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's phenomenal success sent the book straight to Number One in the UK Bestseller List and in 1984 Douglas Adams became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan. He won a further two (a rare feat), and was nominated - though not selected - for the first Best of Young British Novelists awards.

He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (1984); and Mostly Harmless (1992). The first two books in the Hitchhiker series were adapted into a 6 part television series, which was an immediate success when first aired in 1982. Other publications include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (1988). In 1984 Douglas teamed up with John Lloyd and wrote The Meaning of Liff and after a huge success The Deeper Meaning of Liff followed this in 1990). One of Douglas�s all-time personal favourites was written in 1990 when he teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine and wrote Last Chance to See � an account of a world-wide search for rare and endangered species of animals.

He sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia and was also a best seller in German, Swedish and many other languages.

Douglas was a founding director of h2g2, formerly The Digital Village, a digital media and Internet company with which he created the 1998 CD-ROM Starship Titanic, a Codie Award-winning (1999) and BAFTA-nominated (1998) adventure game.

Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 of a sudden heart attack. He was 49. He had been living in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and daughter, and at the time of his death he was working on the screenplay for a feature film version of Hitchhiker.