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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Torday Narrator: Various Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781436162135
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Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen-the same Yemen that is largely a desert-and politicians think it's a great idea. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nigel | 2/13/2014

    " A light enjoyable read that is easily devoured in a few sittings. It's a quirkily impressive debut novel from a 60 year old engineer/fisherman! It is laced with humour and optimism as well as taking a satirical swipe at Yes Ministering and spin doctoring. The format of diary extracts, emails, interviews and articles is used throughout to good effect to flesh out the story and main characters who are largely sympathetically drawn, though the machinations of the the PM's Director of Communications is rather overstated. A book that doesn't make fishing seem boring that is also shot through with tenderness and political insight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosie | 2/7/2014

    " OMG this took so much longer for me to read than usual! It took so much mental effort to actually pick it up and read, and I didn't really enjoy it that much... A few bits every now and again were less monotonous than the entire rest of the book, but on the whole, I found it really boring, and the ending ruined it for me... It's the first book I have EVER read that is worse than the movie, and that's saying something, 'cause the movie wasn't even that amazing, but it was much less depressing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 1/27/2014

    " A satire of western policies toward the Middle-East (and Afghanistan) - "why does the west want to replace our piety and poverty with consumer goods . . . and corrode our faith?" asks a character. It raises questions, too, of the nature of belief (can salmon really be transplanted into the rivers of Yemen?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/27/2014

    " It's something a little different and not the Hollywood ending that I feared when I discovered that it was made into a movie. The changing narratives kept the book fresh and gave it a different feel than most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley Rigg | 1/19/2014

    " lovely, funny, satirical and human. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Mansell | 1/18/2014

    " Loved it...had no interest in salmon fishing until I read this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurajane | 1/15/2014

    " I loved the story and the mystery in this book and I especially loved the characters but there was just something about it which didn't quite deliver. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moose | 1/14/2014

    " Great first half, then descending into farce. Great premise, left feeling as though the end had been rather rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanna | 12/27/2013

    " This was a good book. I saw the preview for the movie and it looked pretty interesting, so I thought I'd read the book before I saw the movie. I really liked the 3 main characters, and I liked how the story was written through emails, letters, interviews, etc. It was fun to read it like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 12/26/2013

    " What a creative story and an unusual way to tell the story - diary entries, transcripts and email correspondence. I learned a lot about salmon and the Yemen. Also a timely story considering bin Laden's recent demise. Highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone | 11/25/2013

    " Liked it. Different, but goo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/4/2013

    " Fun delightful read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 6/24/2013

    " The author uses a crazy project (salmon fishing in the Yemen) as a basis to capture the importance of hope, faith and love. It is also a satire of the British political system. It is multilayered and very cleverly written. There is a nice blend of irony and humanity. I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liv | 6/22/2013

    " easy read, uplifting, sweet book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff Dunford | 5/28/2013

    " I Thought the Movie was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/7/2012

    " Wow. That was not the feel-good ending I was expecting. Not dark, but nobody happy in the end either. The journey to get there was very enjoyable, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 10/26/2012

    " The characters weren't as well-developed as I'd like, and I found some of the segues tough to follow, but it was a reasonably entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Roberts | 5/17/2012

    " I loved this book - but then I'm British, and so is this book! I did wonder if other people would understand all the quirks and references to our political system, but the over all message, that it's possible to swim upstream against the current, really appealed to me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie | 3/30/2012

    " Fabulous book, really enjoyed it. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara Ross | 11/9/2011

    " a gem of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 5/14/2011

    " original wacky idea. Light entertainment. Very one-dimensional characters. My mother called it 'chick-lit for men' - no descriptions of clothes, little romance ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/12/2011

    " Really is about salmon fishing in the Yemen! A lovely read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 5/9/2011

    " This was a fun book. I loved the narrative format it worked better for the story than straight narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 5/3/2011

    " What a creative story and an unusual way to tell the story - diary entries, transcripts and email correspondence. I learned a lot about salmon and the Yemen. Also a timely story considering bin Laden's recent demise. Highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/28/2011

    " Disappointing. Could not decide whether it was Whitehall farce or serious drama and tragedy. I shall give the film a miss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 4/19/2011

    " Liked this book much more than I thought I would. Interesting and snarky take on life in a big bureaucracy, as well as tidbits of how faith and hope can change lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/14/2011

    " Silly premise and only bought it as it was in the pound shop! but draws you in nicely and is engaging, worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2011

    " Very witty and moving book. Loved the use of emails as the main method to tell the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 3/9/2011

    " A cross between the Office and Yes Minister. A quirky novel, with accurate cultural and geographical elements. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 3/9/2011

    " A cross between the Office and Yes Minister. Entertaining, with mostly cultural and geographic creditability "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mo | 2/22/2011

    " While reading it I didn't appreciate the shifts in style but upon completion they made a bit more sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 2/14/2011

    " By the book's title it's obviously a satire. But it's more than that. A skeptic is transformed into a believer and for a few short moments the impossible becomes reality. An enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 2/9/2011

    " Liking it. Very British. Enjoy reading the different phrasings and sayings. You realize the project can't succeed but there's a twist as to how it ends. A good read. "

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