The Salmon of Doubt

  • by Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by Simon Jones, Christopher Cerf, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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A hint of what was still to come

Sequels to THHGTTG seek, not too successfully, to expand upon the 70's mindset of Adams. This book gives a hint towards what Adams himself would have done. His humour had definitely moved on and showed his obsession with the frustrations of computers (although he was obviously an Apple bore). I'm sure this would have fed into a sequel to keep the franchise fresh.
As the blurb points out, this is a collection of bits & pieces taken from letters, magazine articles etc and therefore is best listened to in small parts.
It's rather odd that Simon Jones is now the voice of Douglas Adams, but it's very fitting and evokes the unique atmosphere of Adams' humour in the character of Arthur Dent.
I'd have given it 5 points but for the misleading impression that there is more than one narrator. There isn't. Dawkins, Fry & Cerf, however, do provide amusing introductions to the book.
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- Alan

So long and thanks for all the words

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If that friend loved the work of Douglas Adams, I absolutely would. Possibly not for the unfinished quality of the Dirk Gently story included, but more for the wonderful collection of articles and thoughts that take up the first few hours. There are some real gems in there that any fan of Adams needs to read. They contain his thoughts on a variety of subjects and every single one of them has that unmistakable Douglas Adams touch that simply no other author could have. Noone will make you look at Bach, The Beatles or exciteable dogs the way Adams does.


What did you like best about this story?

Each little snippet of thought in the collected material from the harddrive of Douglas Adams is like a friendly wave from a long lost friend. He left us far too soon and it's such a wonderful thing to have all these articles of writing together in one great audiobook. Many of these collected works had me giggling my head off in public places, just as the Hitchhiker books did. It was a real pleasure to read them all.


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Simon Jones is literally the only person who I see as Arthur Dent. Not only that, but he was also one of Adams' friends and worked with him closely, so if anyone has the ability to read these things how they should be read, it's him. He does a wonderful job and I am looking forward to visiting this book again in the future.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't. because films that aren't done by the bbc have a history of screwing up his work. Leave it alone, damn it!


Any additional comments?

This audiobook is just all kinds of wonderful. I grew up listening to the hitchhikers radio plays and the books as well. I and my friends could quote them word for word in some places, so for me this is a wonderful treasure and I am so glad it was performed so brilliantly in audio. Thank you!

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- Gryfynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-08-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books