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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Narrated by: Martin Freeman
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,067 ratings)

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“A madcap adventure...Adams’s writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy.” (United Press International

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. 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? 

“The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings.... Adams is irresistible.” (The Boston Globe)

Don't miss more from this exciting series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
©2006 Douglas Adams (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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"The looniest of the lot." (Time)

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In love with the girl

Only Duglas could make me fall in love with a girl named Fenchurch. Thank you and ...

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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!!!

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My favorite of the HHG2G Series

Douglas Adams delivers wonderful comentary, humor, and storytelling, addressing a myriad of subjects. The character of Finchurch gives the series a degree of romance which simply doesnt exist in the others novels of this series, and which ties together various themes throughout the series without taking away from the deeper subjects of the books.

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Tight focus, love the interplay between characters

Love the (almost) linear story.
Fenchuch and Arthur are adorable and Freeman is wonderful narrating.

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Freeman is a great voice actor, which I wasn't expecting. Doug Adams is, as always great

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  • DMG
  • cambridge, ma
  • 08-06-18

Reads like it was written under deadline

There's an anecdote about eating biscuits at a train station in this book that's about two pages long. It has nothing to do with the plot, such as it is. I'd find that anecdote online and skip the rest of this book, which otherwise reads as if Adams had gotten tired of writing Hitchhiker sequels and just wanted to get it over with.

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  • Alison
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 09-08-13

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.

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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.

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Didn’t get messed up by Zaphod’s Accent

Didn’t get messed up by zaphods mysteriously random Brooklyn 1960’s Italian accent.. different then the other books but I thought in a good way. Adams broke the fourth wall a couple times which is always fun.

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My least favorite so far

Originally I had only read the first three books in the series. And that had been many years prior. So when I picked up the first three books to read again, I figured I would keep going, since I had not read 4 or 5. I was very disappointed in this book. The humor is there, but the story is much slower then the first three books and doesn’t explain some very key things. Not even with a silly nonsensical explanation that I typically love Douglas Adams for.

The book felt short, maybe even rushed or heavily edited.

The narrator though is great, just like books 2 and 3. I couldn’t picture this read any other way.

After reading 4, I’m not so quick to pick up 5, which saddens me......