Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday (read by John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar) Orion Group (audiobook) The movie of Paul Torday's excellent debut novel, starring Ewan McGregor, has been getting a less-than-rapturous reception, which makes it more urgent, not less, to listen to this audiobook read variously by John Sessions, Samantha Bond and Fenella Woolgar. As this trio of narrators suggests, the story is told from many angles - e-mails, letters, diaries, newspaper stories, governmental reports. All of these reflect a very funny central idea: a wealthy Yemeni sheikh is offering big bucks to fill the desert of his homeland with salmon. The man charged with making this modern-day miracle of the fishes come to pass is Dr Alfred Jones. Although he believes the scheme is ludicrous, his scepticism is not matched by the British government. Up to their neck in ill-planned ventures in the Middle East, they send Jones to make the impossible possible. Armed with the sheikh's optimism, and a well-to-do English helper (Harriet Chetwode-Talbot), Jones meanders with pleasant satirical effect through a beautifully rendered Yemeni landscape. Forget the movie - feel the audiobook.