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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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    "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 Bellbrook, OH, United States 06-19-10
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 06-19-10 Member Since 2007
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Alex Burnaby, BC, Canada 06-04-12
    Alex Burnaby, BC, Canada 06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good listen that fell short of my expectations"
    What does Martin Freeman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As with the other books in the series the performance is really fun to listen to, all the character voices really keep you in the fantasy universe


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this listen quite a bit, but not nearly as much as the previous books, now on to the last!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Covington 12-12-11 Member Since 2004
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not really


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Initially clever, the wit became tiresome after awhile and the story seemed never ending. I did not finish it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Balt M. 08-21-10
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    "A sci-fi space comedy. That isn't in space."

    Oh look, another addition to the witty sci-fi space comedy series. Except it isn't in space. And the babel fish is left in a fishbowl. And its the equivalent to Frodo's return to the Shire (the movie version, mind you) where the world-weary level 57 Arthur Dent has to return to live in the tutorial level and figure out how to get a job, find a date, and stay sane in the tutorial level where everyone is a Level 3 NPC. :: :: ::: ::

    Okay, the first book in this series didn't really have a moral or point. I can see that now that I try and disparage So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish's lack of any real direction. The only real difference, I can see, is that the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had the benefit of novelty. "What? Earth gets destroyed in the first chapter? ZOMG". There really is no barrier that can hold back Arthur Dent from achieving anything he really puts his mind to. He wants to fly? Wee, he can fly. He wants to go see God's last message to his creation? He goes and sees it. ... ... ... ... So what? The only really relevant audience that I can think of who would enjoy this book is either someone who is so desperately bored with their existence that they have to use Adam's book as a crutch for their imagination... or extra-terrestrial grad students trying to complete their thesis on what said desperately bored humans find entertaining.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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