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.
©2005 Douglas Adams (P)2009 Phoenix
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Critic reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 24-04-11

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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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-10-17

not what i was expecting from the description

i enjoyed it.
but its not another hitchhiker book
more a good tribute to adams, thats ok but its not decribed as such.
there is about a hour of material and its such a shame it wasnt made into i finished book.
the tributes are good though and i would recommend it. just be nice to know what your buying.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ambrose A. Dunn-meynell on 19-03-10

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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38 of 41 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 09-04-12

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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