Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See

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by Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine
     
 

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"Very funny and moving...The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams'] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live."THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDJoin bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures.

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"Very funny and moving...The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams'] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live."THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDJoin bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant—as only Douglas Adams can be—LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth's magnificent wildlife galaxy.NOTE: This edition does not include photos.

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School Library Journal
YA-- The BBC asked this team to film some of the most endangered animal species throughout the world. Adams has recorded their adventures seeking the komodo dragon, northern white rhinoceros, mountain gorilla, kakapo, baiji dolphin, and the rodrigues fruit bat. There is biological information here, but it is inaccessible for report writers due to the lack of an index and the wordy descriptions. However, these same accurate portrayals and Adams's entertaining style will expose students to the worlds of these animals. He moves rapidly from informal, laugh-out-loud descriptions of his travels to serious pleas for awareness and conservation of all animals. The full-color photographs are in two separate sections and help readers to visualize the unusual animals (including the authors).-- Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
From the Publisher
“Descriptive writing of a high order . . . this is an extremely intelligent book.”
The Times

“This is life or death stuff, but Adams is a writer who chooses not to shake his finger at the reader.”
Los Angeles Times

“Who would have thought that a book in the field of “ecology/nature”…could be as lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written and even funny as this one is?…ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”
Atlantic Monthly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307805034
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/21/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
179,439
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas Adams is best known as the creator of the bestseller The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which was followed by The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and many more. He has sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia. Adams died unexpectedly in 2001 at the age of 49.

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Last Chance to See 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly didn't think non-fiction material could be so entertaining!!! I was laughing out loud by page 3. The authors did an excellent job of portraying their travels in a manner in which all of us can relate. The information is so interesting, you don't even realize the substance is informational. Schools should hire these authors - students would really enjoy learning. You will be so glad you chose this one. My book club pals all gave it a definite thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Follow Adam¿s hilarious journey around the world in quest of endangered species. In Last Chance to see, Douglas informs us about various endangered species and explains the importance of keeping these creatures alive. Mostly comedy, with dashes of seriousness, this book is a must read!
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Its a fun read with insight and much humor. For me it seems impossible to read without David Attenborough's voice as the reader's voice (in my imagination of course.). I recommend!
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Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine takes you on an adventure through some of the most interesting endangered species on Earth. Mark is a zoologist and Douglas is a noteworthy author. The two were sent to Madagascar to look for the basically extinct aye-aye (a type of nocturnal lemur). After realizing that these lemurs have became extinct due to the actions of people, who are referred to as "monkeys", the pair decides to embark on a journey to learn more about other endangered animals. The first animal they look for is the Komodo dragon. This lizard is only found in Indonesia in an environment surrounded with poisonous snakes. Douglas makes a comment on how the human species calls certain species evil, like the Komodo dragon, even though the animal knows nothing of sort. Douglas says he believes this makes humans feel better about themselves. In Zaire, Douglas and Mark go to see the White Rhino and the Mountain Gorilla. At this point in the book I became very uninterested because the author trails off from talking about the animals and begins to talk about the troubles he has in the airport. I chose this book because I wanted to learn more about these animals. Although informational, I did not care to hear about this part of the book when Mark had trouble with his flight. Next in New Zealand they find the Kakapo, a rare flightless bird. This part of the book also becomes very slow as Mark describes the difficulties of finding the bird. Apparently, getting into the bird sanctuary is very difficult, and you have to go through many steps to get there. This part was not appealing to me. However, the way they had to find the bird was quite interesting. They had to use a tracking dog. In China, the pair looks for the Yangtze River Dolphin. This part was thought provoking because it really got into describing how people and technology have affected the animals. This is the type of reading I was looking for in this book. The dolphin could not be found in the wild, so Mark and Douglas go to the sanctuary for these dolphins. This was my favorite part of the book because the author really goes into depth about how people have made the dolphins endangered, and how they are trying to save them. In Mauritius Mark and Doug find more than one animal because this area of the world is filled with many rare animals. They find birds such as the Rodrigues friutbat and the Mauritius Kestrel. All these birds are in a conservatory. The kestrel tries to behave much like a human. I enjoyed this chapter because it focused on more than one animal. This book is said to be known for its humor, but I don't find the humor in this book. I don't like the dry sense of humor and the analogies are not very amusing. The book becomes very slow when Mark and Doug are not with the animals. I didn't particularly care for the struggles the two find while on their plane rides for their destinations. However, these amazing creatures are described in an impressive way, which makes up for the slower parts of the book.
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Last Chance to See made me want to cry, but the problem was that I was already laughing. Because of this book I know what I want to do with my life. Douglas Adams is an incredible author and him and Mark Carwardine did a fantastic job with this book.
cdibaudo More than 1 year ago
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine takes you on an adventure through some of the most interesting endangered species on Earth. Mark is a zoologist and Douglas is a noteworthy author. The two were sent to Madagascar to look for the basically extinct aye-aye (a type of nocturnal lemur). After realizing that these lemurs have became extinct due to the actions of people, who are referred to as "monkeys", the pair decides to embark on a journey to learn more about other endangered animals. The first animal they look for is the Komodo dragon. This lizard is only found in Indonesia in an environment surrounded with poisonous snakes. Douglas makes a comment on how the human species calls certain species evil, like the Komodo dragon, even though the animal knows nothing of sort. Douglas says he believes this makes humans feel better about themselves. In Zaire, Douglas and Mark go to see the White Rhino and the Mountain Gorilla. At this point in the book I became very uninterested because the author trails off from talking about the animals and begins to talk about the troubles he has in the airport. I chose this book because I wanted to learn more about these animals. Although informational, I did not care to hear about this part of the book when Mark had trouble with his flight. Next in New Zealand they find the Kakapo, a rare flightless bird. This part of the book also becomes very slow as Mark describes the difficulties of finding the bird. Apparently, getting into the bird sanctuary is very difficult, and you have to go through many steps to get there. This part was not appealing to me. However, the way they had to find the bird was quite interesting. They had to use a tracking dog. In China, the pair looks for the Yangtze River Dolphin. This part was thought provoking because it really got into describing how people and technology have affected the animals. This is the type of reading I was looking for in this book. The dolphin could not be found in the wild, so Mark and Douglas go to the sanctuary for these dolphins. This was my favorite part of the book because the author really goes into depth about how people have made the dolphins endangered, and how they are trying to save them. In Mauritius Mark and Doug find more than one animal because this area of the world is filled with many rare animals. They find birds such as the Rodrigues friutbat and the Mauritius Kestrel. All these birds are in a conservatory. The kestrel tries to behave much like a human. I enjoyed this chapter because it focused on more than one animal. This book is said to be known for its humor, but I don't find the humor in this book. I don't like the dry sense of humor and the analogies are not very amusing. The book becomes very slow when Mark and Doug are not with the animals. I didn't particularly care for the struggles the two find while on their plane rides for their destinations. However, these amazing creatures are described in an impressive way, which makes up for the slower parts of the book.