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Join Douglas Adams, best-selling and beloved author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and zoologist Mark Carwardine on an adventure in search of the world’s most endangered and exotic creatures.

In this book, Adams’ self-proclaimed favourite of his own works, the pair encounter animals in imminent peril: the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia, the lovable kakapo of New Zealand, the blind river dolphins of China, the white rhinos of Zaire, the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean and the alien-like aye-aye of Madagascar. Inimitably witty and poignant, Last Chance to See is both a celebration of our most extraordinary creatures and a warning about what we have to lose if we do not act soon.

Featuring a fantastic new foreword by the authors' longtime friend Stephen Fry and an afterword from Mark Carwardine that considers what has changed since the book was first published, Last Chance to See feels more urgent than ever before.

©1990 Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Douglas Adams’ genius was in using comedy to make serious points about the world." (Independent)

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  • Toni
  • 13-11-2020

An absolute MUST read

Old, young, or somewhere in the middle, this is a must listen / read. I first heard this book not long after it came out & I was, for a want of more expressive term, moved. To hear it again now with the great Stephen Fry's involvment in the revisit of these memorable locations it is heart breaking and essential knowledge WE must all obtain, action within and continue to fight for. Please, read / Listen.

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  • ChHe
  • 29-07-2020

Must listen!

I was sad when it finished. It’s written with such a Humor, but addressing all the problems of our time.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 01-12-2020

Hate it because of the narrator.

No clue who starts it off but i could not bare it. He sounds so whiny... Listened in the past to the version read by that author and I loved it! Great story, a log of humor. But this version i cannot stand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-2020

one of my favorite works of D. Adams

Interesting, funny, deep and with an important message. the narrator is perfectly fine, dunno why ppl keep complaining in the reviews. Enjoy it :)

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  • OmniCognateSnr
  • 13-07-2020

can someone wake the narrator up please?

i love this book. I loved it since it was first published. i love everything Douglas Adams has produced. I love the intro by Stephen Fry. The narrator, however, is truly terrible. its a monotone drone with absolutely no feeling. For a lesson on how to ruin an excellent book, listen to this for a while UPDATE: Going to try and return this. Its such a wasted opportunity. The narration is just so painfully flat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-2020

Wonderful book, bad narration

Thought provoking, funny and beautifully written. Part travel diary, part nature documentary, anyone interested in wildlife and a fan of Douglas Adams' writing style will cherish this. Only thing dragging it down was the disinterested, monotonous narration, somehow managing to weaken even the lively, intelligent writing of such a genius as Adams. Wish Stephen Fry had narrated the whole thing and not just the foreword. Still worth my credit though.

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  • Mr Doyle
  • 15-05-2020

WOW!!

I can now see why Douglas Adams says this was his most favourite book to write. This is now my most favourite book to listen too!! Well done lads!!

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  • QuirkyVinnie
  • 11-05-2020

Enlightening

I have always wanted to read/listen to this book ever since I watched Douglas Adams' speech University of California speech and the documentary series Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry and Mark Cawardine. It is a stark realization of the impact we have on the existence of endangered species and the well being of the world itself. It is frustrating to acknowledge that human intervention and invention that is void of moral compass is aimlessly damaging the world. And yet it also human intervention and invention of dedicated individuals that are saving some of the dying species, restoring their numbers from extinction.

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  • Ravnerose
  • 03-04-2020

Poor Audio Version of a Great Book

There are to many gaps and bit missing from the original book and I enjoyed this less than that book. I loved the original book and was expecting this to be similar - sadly it feels like a rushed snippet and taster for that book. The narrators voice and pronunciation is also unsatifactory. A very flat a dull voice with none of the energy and humour of the original radio series.

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