- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market edition (3 Jan. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330323121
- ISBN-13: 978-0330323123
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2,092 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time Paperback – 3 Jan 2003
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He was unmoved by the threat of having this book added to his annual objectives, so I bought the book for him, and have promised that there'll be a test at the end of term.
A splendidly funny and silly book, quite a successful novelisation of the Radio Series.
Note that the extracts from the archives come right at the end of Chapter 35, and are interesting, especially the fax from Douglas to the American script editor, explaining why some things shouldn't be changed. For some reason, they're not listed in the table of contents.
I had never purchased or listened to an audio book before and I wasn't disappointed. Stephen Fry is excellent and brings every character to life, the story (as ever) is wonderful and for me was the most pleasing part was that my nine year old daughter also loved it (Bringing a whole new dimension to our school run journeys).
If you love Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy buy this, if you have never experienced Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy but like surreal comedy then buy this, you won't be disappointed.
A word of caution however, be careful listening to this in the car as there are moments when you laugh so much.
P.S My second audio book has just been ordered "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe"
Instead we are presented with an entertaining travelogue, as a science fiction comedy author and a scientist attempt to travel the world to see a number of species on the brink.
In many ways they are an ideal combination - Douglas presents their experiences in his own, entertaining writing style, dealing not just with the animals themselves, but the trials and tribulations of getting to see them, and the people they meet along the way. Mark Carwardine is obviously passionate about animals and fills in the blanks of some of the knowledge that Douglas does not possess.
Reading it gives you a bit of the feeling of when you go travelling yourself, but most of us probably wouldn't get to go and see the rare and exotic species this species manage to.
I saw the recent series in which Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry went back to revisit the animals, so I know that some of them have sadly become extinct now. The only extra thing I would have liked to see would be an update on which ones have succeeded, but failing that I would recommend the reader to watch the Stephen Fry series next and find out for themselves.
As a long standing fan of both Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I enjoyed it immensely.
Have read these novels over and over many times, over the years, over.
They are still as fresh and as funny now as then.
Douglas was bang on with his humour and outlook on life that makes you wonder about the rest of humanity.
It is seriously missing out on something vitally important and unfortunately we shall never discover what that is due to his untimely departure.
The cast of characters may seem a bit OTT but I'm pretty sure that there are still people like that out there right now, and I don't mean on Betelguese.
These stories are a must read for anyone who doesn't take themselves or life too seriously.
The destruction of Earth and one earthmans exposure to the incredible, mindblowing vastness of space and his search for a decent cup of tea, whilst evading Vogons and white mice.
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