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The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time | [Douglas Adams]

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

Rescued from his beloved Macintosh, The Salmon of Doubt provides us with the opportunity to linger and frolic one last time in the uniquely entertaining and richly informative mind of Douglas Adams. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death, this is a treasure; his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius.
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Publisher's Summary

Rescued from his beloved Macintosh, The Salmon of Doubt provides us with the opportunity to linger and frolic one last time in the uniquely entertaining and richly informative mind of Douglas Adams. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death, this is a treasure; his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius.

©2005 Douglas Adams; (P)2009 Phoenix

What the Critics Say

"Edited by Peter Guzzardi and with an introduction by Christopher Cerf, this bittersweet collection comprises letters, fragments of ideas for books, films and TV, ruminations on a diverse array of subjects and a good bit of a final unfinished novel by the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series....Included are a letter to the editor of a U.K. boy's magazine (written in 1965, when Adams was 12); a reminiscence about his lifelong love for the Beatles, written when he was in his 40s; a 1991 piece from Esquire entitled "My Nose"; and an undated article for the Independent espousing his preference for whiskey." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's hard to classify this cornucopia, selected by Christopher Cerf from Adams's papers after his untimely death, but Hitchhiker fans will want it." (Library Journal)

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    Ambrose A. Dunn-meynell NJ USA 03-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "enjoyable but not well described"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it leaves you dangling. I had only known Adams for his novels and enjoyed seeing his other sides. The book loses a star for its inadequate description. It consists of an anthology of columns articles and notes by Adams with added eulogies. It includes a brief hitchhikers piece (Young Zaphod plays it safe, which I think was published before) and half of a Dirk Gently novel (i.e. the novel ends abruptly half way through). If you are looking for hitchhikers material (as the title implies) you may be disappointed, but finding myself a kindred spirit to Douglas I was happy with it.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-26-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A sweet rememberance"

    I lovely summation of Douglas Adams, his life and his way of thinking. RIP Douglas.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Raymond, NH, United States 05-03-13
    James Raymond, NH, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "As close to meeting him as it gets"
    What made the experience of listening to The Salmon of Doubt the most enjoyable?

    All of this stuff was collected by his wife and closest friends off his hard drive and lovingly put together into one final book including the first few chapters of a Dirk Gently book.

    If you are a fan of his books The Salmon Of Doubt Lets you meet him in person and get to know him in an amazingly amusing way. What an amazing life and a great loss. I will always wonder where that last novel would have taken me however after reading this I kinda like it that way. I think it was his way of getting the last laugh by making us all think about his unfinished last story and smile from time to time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SJS 05-10-12
    SJS 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant narrator, excellent moments!"

    Obviously this is a mixed bag of interviews, essays, magazine pieces and leftover things. Some of it is not great, but much of it sparkles with Adams's trademark wit. There is some priceless stuff here which as a longtime Adams devotee I am so happy to have. The narrator was great. He was completely genuine in delivering interview transcripts as if he were speaking the words fresh from his own mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 12-20-09
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 12-20-09 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Bittersweet"

    A must have for Douglas Adams fans. A glimpse into what was and what might have been. So long and thanks for all the laughs.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tony CanberraAustralia 04-08-10
    Tony CanberraAustralia 04-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Well worth the money"

    Even though this is only snipits of stories it is well worth listening to

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Constant Reader LA, CA, USA 03-27-10
    Constant Reader LA, CA, USA 03-27-10 Member Since 2008

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    "A Bit of Editing Wouldn't Have Hurt"

    This collection of shards and fragments, bits and pieces, would be more of a pleasure for the many fans of Adams, had someone taken the trouble to edit his various notes, comments, memoes and the like. Instead, it was all thrown into the mix -- where no one seems to have noticed the same stories told over and over again. I guess it was edited by the Redundancy Department of Redundancy...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    frederik1991 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Douglas Adams makes for some awkward situations."
    What made the experience of listening to The Salmon of Doubt the most enjoyable?

    My review title may be a bit strange, but I really mean it. This book made me laugh loudly on public transport, making several people stare at me, but I don't care. This book is full of Adams's clever writing, and the other contributors to the book also produced some amazing text wizardry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Douglas himself. Hearing people like Steven Fry and Richard Dawkins describe him, gave me a great sense of what a great man (in more than one sense) he was.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The nerator of the main story, Simon Jones, also narrates all of Dan Arielli's books, which I really enjoyed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Id made me lmao, as chatters would say, although it also made me sad that a man with such a great mind had to leave us so early.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 04-09-12
    Paul 04-09-12
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    "This is not the book you are seeking"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Adams and/or the narrators?

    I have read all of the Douglas Adams books from when they were first published.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Adams again?

    Yes and No. I greatly enjoyed the Hitchhilers Guide to The Galaxy and have don since its first publishing. It is part of my education.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I was hoping that Stephen fry was going to do more of the narration but sadly not the case.


    Do you think The Salmon of Doubt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is the final of the printed works of Douglas Adams. It is a collection of the newspaper columns and thoughts on a disparate topics.


    Any additional comments?

    Fast forward through the introductions. They are the friends of Douglas Adams telling us what a talented author and great guy he was. While these were great words for his funeral they add nothing to the otherwise great collection of the thoughts of Douglas Adams.

    I particularly love the definition of what it takes to ignore someone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aamund Lakewood, CA United States 01-07-11
    Aamund Lakewood, CA United States 01-07-11 Member Since 2010

    techninja

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    "A book...not really"

    I was dissapointed that it is basically excerpts of speeches, newspaper columns, etc, not a book. That's after an hour of listening. For me, a total waste of money.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Alan
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    "A hint of what was still to come"

    Sequels to THHGTTG seek, not too successfully, to expand upon the 70's mindset of Adams. This book gives a hint towards what Adams himself would have done. His humour had definitely moved on and showed his obsession with the frustrations of computers (although he was obviously an Apple bore). I'm sure this would have fed into a sequel to keep the franchise fresh.
    As the blurb points out, this is a collection of bits & pieces taken from letters, magazine articles etc and therefore is best listened to in small parts.
    It's rather odd that Simon Jones is now the voice of Douglas Adams, but it's very fitting and evokes the unique atmosphere of Adams' humour in the character of Arthur Dent.
    I'd have given it 5 points but for the misleading impression that there is more than one narrator. There isn't. Dawkins, Fry & Cerf, however, do provide amusing introductions to the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patch
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    9/18/13
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    "I miss Douglas Adams"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I have always been a huge Douglas Adams fan. This compilation of his various writings and the unfinished book, with all the wonderful readers was a real listening pleasure. Highly Recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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