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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish | [Douglas Adams]

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination.
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Publisher's Summary

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.

God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?

Don't miss more from this exciting series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

©2006 Douglas Adams; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The looniest of the lot." (Time)
"A madcap adventure...Adams' writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy." (United Press International)
"The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings...Adams is irresistible." (The Boston Globe)

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    Alison Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-08-13
    Alison Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Missing Adams' classic narration, but still great."

    I grew up with the audiocassettes of the entire Hitchhiker's series, and loved Doug Adams narration. The story on this one is still one of my favorites of the series, but i do kind of miss the voice delivering the lines that i somehow still know by heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 09-11-12
    Connie 09-11-12
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    "Loved this one the best out of the 6"
    Would you listen to So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish again? Why?

    Have listened to it several times already!!!! Favorite of the 6 Hitch hiker books!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig H. 06-19-10
    Craig H. 06-19-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Hitchhiker is just plain fun"

    Hitchhiker is just plain fun. I loved the series when i was young. I read it in college, and again in Med school, and again when i started reading for pleasure again, and now I am going to listen to them all.
    I cannot wait. I just wish Douglas was alive for more, but I am about to read Coffer's installment (or try) for a 6th book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Cooper Deer Lake, PA 05-21-15
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    "Second favorite in the series...so far"

    Very good story, but very slow to start out. Can't wait for the next 2!!

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    Jeremiah 05-01-15
    Jeremiah 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful."

    I really enjoyed the story. So fun! It's a really good in depth look at Arthur who takes a bit more action in this story instead of things just happening to him.

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    C.H. 04-24-15
    C.H. 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best in The Series (so far)"
    If you could sum up So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish in three words, what would they be?

    Perfectly (il)logical Conclusion


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Many people seem to dislike Fenchurch and her relationship with Arthur, but I liked her. She's someone whose nearly as sympathetic as Arthur, but more positive about being different from society.


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

    I've listened to just about all of the Hitchhiker's Guide series and this is perfectly on par with the rest of them. Though, I think his best range as a reader is displayed in Life, The Universe, and Everything.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Inexplicable, the universe is just horribly inexplicable!


    Any additional comments?

    The chapter breaks! They don't sync up with the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Lundy 04-14-15
    Ryan Lundy 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "entertaining and fun"

    it was a good listen and allows some thought on the universe. also a good laugh

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    L. Albert Murray 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "epic feel"

    Witty enough to keep your attention gripped, silly enough to make yo smile, but deep enough to keep your thoughts wondering. Full of irony and references to Adam's other books in the series, this one will not disappoint its readers.

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    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 01-08-15
    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 01-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Strange beauties"

    In "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish", the tenor of Adams' Hitchhiker series changes. Still lots of hilarity, but also a great, tender and funny description of love, and a rather heart rendering description of the final expiration of the cantekerous, depressed robot, Marvin.

    As always, Martin Freeman delivers masterfully.

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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 01-01-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 01-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish again? Why?

    I loved how Martin reads the books and he tells the story in an extraordinary way. And I am most probably going to hear it again. And have lesser distractions when I hear it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish?

    Artur and his travels alone, back to earth. And Martins talles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have meny and I think I would like the hall book retold.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a film and a tv show. But I would us Don't Panik.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to have a good book, about Life, the Univeres and Everyting, this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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