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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Audiobook
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Written by: 
Paul Torday
Narrated by: 
John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Audiobook

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Publisher's Summary

Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weasely Peter Mandelson-type figure.

The "Yes Minister" comparisons are justified (and there is some brilliant, hilarious political and bureaucratic satire here), but at its heart, this is the story of a hen-pecked, slightly pompous, middle-aged scientist who finds himself caught up in what seems like an impossible project, and of how this project changes his life. In the process, he becomes an unlikely and rather loveable hero, discovers true love for himself, finds himself both a pawn and then a victim of political spin, leaves his brilliantly horrible wife, and learns to believe in the impossible. And he takes the listener with him in the process.

©2007 Paul Torday; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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  • Sophie
    12/5/14
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    "Very Good"
    Would you listen to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen again? Why?

    Excellent narration and exciting story full of facts, insight and humour. Torday is a clever observer of human nature and uses this gift will to create comedic moments within the story. The method of story telling; through a series of diary entries, interviews, emails and memos is fresh and different.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen?

    That would ruin the end if the story!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Use if different narrators for different parts is clever


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs H
    BLYTH, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "How to story about creating the impossible."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. I liked all the characters in this book and how the story builds slowly.


    What other book might you compare Salmon Fishing in the Yemen to, and why?

    I haven't read a similar book.


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

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

    I didn't have an emotional reaction to this book and couldn't understand why. On reflection I think it was because the main protagonist being a scientist was level headed and analysed any situation he was in. I liked the man and his logic even when his marriage was falling apart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Wombourne, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "First Audio book"

    This was my first audio book and it got me hooked - a gentle story that was easy to listen to and did not require a great deal of concentration to listen to. Recommended for easy to listen to story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Gentle and entertaining"

    The main character was engaging enough to keep me listening to the end. The story was entertaining with a hint of "Yes Minister" about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Really different in a good way"

    I really took a risk on this as it isn't the sort of book I usually go for, but so glad I did. What a lovely gentle tale with a bit of an edge as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Potterton, United Kingdom
    4/24/13
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    "Spell binding"

    I had heard of the film so decided to try this one out on the recommendations of Audible Listeners.

    How glad I am that I did. This is story telling at its best. A slight story, of the dream of a sheik to change a small part of his country for the enrichment of his fellows, and the lives he changes on his way. There's political satire, with some wickedly observed scenes involving a PM and Communications Officer.



    The narration is supplemented by character voices which in this case adds to the deliciousness of the whole.



    All in all, I couldn't stop listening and didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    4/14/13
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    "Excellent"

    I wish that I had listened to this book prior to watching the film because images from the film came into my mind instead of using my own imagination. I did enjoy listening to the book and I loved the way that the narrators really got into the characters heads and portrayed them so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr.
    United Kingdom
    1/2/13
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    "Excellent"

    The story of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is so exciting for many reasons, one of which is for those who know Yemen. aslo, the narrators are very proffessional and I should say they added another dimention to the story. I enjoyed it so much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. J. Wilkinson
    Oxford UK
    12/24/12
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    "Much better than the film"

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable rendition af the book, well narrated and far more satisfying than the film. In fact the book and the film are quite different beasts and the film ending is typical pop film stuff and was obviously rewritten by the script writers, which I think is a shame as Torday's ending and story is far stronger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Just ok"

    I kept listening because I had heard good reviews but it was a bit repetitive for me. I finished and was glad I did as the book is out of my usual genre. Funny and human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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