• So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5,516 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“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.

Critic Reviews

"The looniest of the lot." (Time)

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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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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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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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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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Couldn't wait for it to be over.

Arthur meets a girl. Arthur loses track of a girl. Arthur tries to find girl. Arthur stumbles onto to girl. They run off together.

That's literally it. I'm not summarizing (well...), there is literally not meat on that bone at all. There are a couple of scenes which I thought were fantastic, but it honestly felt like everything around it was written and pushed out just so Douglas Adams had a place to release those two jokes.

Fans of the series should stop at Life, the Universe, and Everything. People that just want to dip their toes, should stop at the first Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Martin Freeman as always is great!

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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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Woof.

in order to comply with the completely arbitrary requirement of a fifteen-word review, please screw

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