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The Salmon of Doubt

Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
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Description

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

Critiques

"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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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Paul
  • 09/04/2012

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.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ambrose A. Dunn-meynell
  • 19/03/2010

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.

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  • Christopher
  • 31/07/2017

A life lost too soon

This book is a fantastic collection of writings of the late, great, Douglass Adams. It should be noted, however, that the Salmon of Doubt (the work this collection gets its name from) was cut short when Adams unexpectedly passed away.

If you want a collection of writings on science, technology, religion, Adams' life and a bit of fiction as well as a snapshot of Adams' final work, then this collection is for you.

However, if you are looking for a full story for Salmon of Doubt, you won't find it here. Adams' unexpected end brought an end to his final Dirk Gently novel, and we will never know whether he would have finished it out as is, or transformed it into the 6th Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy book.

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  • James
  • 03/05/2013

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.

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  • colleen
  • 26/05/2012

A sweet rememberance

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

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  • Gary
  • 23/12/2016

Hodgepodge

Consists mainly of a hodgepodge of Adams' speeches, articles and interviews, with far too much repetition.

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  • frederik1991
  • 13/03/2014

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.

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  • SJS
  • 10/05/2012

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.

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  • danny lawrence
  • 20/12/2009

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.

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  • Tonyo
  • 08/04/2010

Well worth the money

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

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  • Dr. Macartan Cassidy
  • 08/05/2010

Disappointing

the unfinished manuscript plays a very minor role in this audiobook. It is mostly biographical material and previosly published newspaper articles, rather than original work. There is plenty of better Douglas adams material around, try that before resorting to the salmon of doubt.

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