I definitely recommend giving this a listen! Douglas Adams has fantastic comedic timing and pacing. the story is a wonderful comedy, the satire isn't as strong as in hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy but it has the classic Adams British flair.
Lot of moments where you can chuckle. In true Douglas Adams style. However, the ending seemed a bit anticlimactic and sudden. Again, in true Douglas Adams style.
This book comes as close as any conceivable collection of words to capturing the spirit of Monty Python. Like the skits I remember from my childhood, the story here bounces back and forth between utter silliness and a kind of applied philosophical exercise. The result is a literal ludicrousness (“ludic” meaning of a game), a back-and-forth between laugh-out-loud funniness and critique of a late 20th century malaise.
I discovered halfway through this that I read it 15-20 years ago, and, as a result, I always had a sense of what was going to happen next. None of that mattered, though, because the real joy here is the line by line inspiration of Adams’s prose. He has a rhythm that’s hard to describe, a kind of dumb sentence, dumb sentence, dumb sentence, clever sentence that redeems each sentence before it. The book is so clever that I rarely went more than a few pages without laughing out loud and then, because none of it ever stopped, forgetting what had made me laugh.
I re-read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a year or two ago, and it seemed to hold up pretty well itself. That said, I think I prefer this one. There’s just enough of the wonderful Dirk Gently to make things go, and the image of Odin desiring nothing beyond fresh Irish linen just clicks perfectly. If you know Adams, you know enough to read this already. If you don’t, none of it will make sense until you’ve given it a shot. And do give it a shot.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Well, Douglas Adams would never thank god for anything because he was "radical atheist" (to use his own description of himself). But his legion of fans need some way to show gratitude for his comedic talent and the many ways he was able to entertain us with it. So why not use a hackneyed phrase that Adams would happily skewer?
In The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Adams takes on various topics about god -- and gods, the Norse pantheon figuring directly into his story, causing mischief out the boredom that necessarily ensues from being immortal (hence the title). Best of all is when he takes a common phrase like "act of god" and deconstructs it, hilariously -- the act of god in this story, ironically, proves to be the actual act of a god, annoyed at having to navigate an airport check-in counter
This is why the audiobook was invented. This is the apex of audiobooks. Douglas Adams reading Douglas Adams. His particular turn of phrase would be funny no matter who read it, but to have him narrate it himself, in the dry style that matches his writing, knowing exactly how he meant it to sound -- priceless.
Adams fans don't need to hear this -- they know it already. If you're not a fan (yet), you cannot of course go wrong by going straight to his best known work, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but you likewise cannot go wrong by choosing to listen to him read his own work in his two Dirk Gently books (this being the second in the series). So thanks to life, the universe, and everything that the long dark tea-time of our own souls can be ameliorated and augmented by Douglas Adams reading Douglas Adams.
I read this book probably 15 or 20 years ago, just after I had discovered Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and thought it was pretty good, but certainly no HGTTG. That's probably partially because I had listened to the original BBC production of HGTTG, and read The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Douglas Adams does an amazing job narrating his book! I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the ending did seem a bit rushed compared to the rest of the book. But still, the whole time I was listening, I kept thinking 'I can't wait until my husband gets home so I can play this part for him'! I'm really glad the audible app lets you set bookmarks :)
This is a book that follows the style of The Hitchikers Guide but with a complete different subject. For insiders...I like "the battle around the lurking the frigde". If you like Douglas Adams style this will fit as well.
Douglas Adams excellent reading, his lively, fun interpretation of this bizarre and intriguing story.
When Kate Schechter is walking toward her apartment and each streetlight goes out as she proceeds along the road... the time when Thor wakes up glued to the floor of a warehouse... Dirk waking up in the morning.
Dirk Gently is the best, but Kate runs a close second.
I really really wish that Audible would carry the rest of the Douglas Adams readings of his own work: the other Dirk Gently book, the entirely of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (five books) and Last Chance to See. I would buy them all, as would many of my friends. The CDs are getting hard to find.
It's Douglas Adams. If you are any reader who enjoys humorous fiction, and Brit-humor specifically, that should be all you really need to know. The author of Hitchhiker's Guide and coauthor of Good Omens does not disappoint in this story of Norse gods in modern London.