The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Author: Douglas Adams
Reader: Martin Freeman
Short Review: A decent reading of a book I love, which suffers by comparison to the Stephen Frye reading of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Long Review: I love this series, as I mentioned in my review of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think Martin Feeman is a pretty good reader, but Stephen Frye is such a great reader that I can’t but prefer his casting.
Freeman does one particular thing as a narrator that drives me mad. He reads Zaphod Beeblebrox as a stereotypical Jewish New Yorker. That, in and of itself, would annoy me. His accent is atrocious, though, so it also seems insulting. British folks love to make fun of Americans because we’re so terrible at mimicking their accents. Well you know what? The vast majority of Brits are just as bad at mimicking us, and this is a particularly galling example.
Apart from that, it’s a pretty good rendition. But Zaphod is a huge part of these books, so reading his role poorly really harms the whole audio book.