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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul | [Douglas Adams]

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.
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Publisher's Summary

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. It takes the sardonic genius of Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, to get to the bottom of it all. Was the passenger check-in desk at Heathrow's blasting through the roof really an Act of God? (And if so, which?) What's going on at Woodshead Hospital? And why is a severed head spinning on a turntable, its body sitting amiably nearby? Only the sleuthing of Dirk Gently can uncover these mysteries, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

Copyright ©1988 by Douglas Adams

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    Jackson Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-03
    Jackson Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-03 Member Since 2006
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    "An Amazingly Perfect Story"

    I had so much fun with this book I nearly crashed the car. When I first read the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" I thought it couldn't get any better, but I actually enjoyed "Dirk Gently" even more. This story has absolutely everything you could ask for and more: mystery, comedy, science fiction, science fact, murder, suspence, ghosts, robots, aliens, demonic posession, theology, evolution, time travel, and an electric monk. You'll have to listen to it to know what that last one is. I strongly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic Basingstoke, N/A, United Kingdom 07-29-03
    Dominic Basingstoke, N/A, United Kingdom 07-29-03
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    "A Funny Journey"

    Out of the two 'Dirk Gently' titles written by Douglas Adams this is probably the weaker. Don't get me wrong, it is incredibly funny in his usual style, the detective logic is spot on and some of his observations are genius. The problem is that Adams sometimes can't find good ways to finish his books and I feel this is especially true with this title (I won't give away the ending). Also a plus is Adam's reading as his dry wit fits perfectly with the tone of the book and he obviously understands how his material should be read. Overall I would say this is definitely worth a look as although the ending is weak, the story is one hell of a funny journey.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Antje Dirksen upstate New York 12-24-12
    Antje Dirksen upstate New York 12-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "It all Started With DNA"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Douglas Adams (DNA) is rightfully famous for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy and all its configurations. There are two novels introducing the incomparable holistic detective, Dirk Gently. One is The long, Dark Teatime of the Soul, a gem of a story that weaves together Adams' English dry wit, a murder mystery and the Norse gods mythology.
    Who else would think of the fact that gods are immortal, but maybe in need of a rest home and linen sheets while hoping for a career in soft drink commercials?


    What other book might you compare The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to and why?

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, of course and maybe a few of the Terry Pratchett Disk World novels.


    What does Douglas Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Besides laughing out loud, you mean? The scene with the murdered man's son in the attic room is priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this novel, there is a good chance you will also love Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-11-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "A lot of fun."

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce United States 07-02-12
    Bruce United States 07-02-12
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    "Makes you miss him even more..."
    If you could sum up The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    Absurdity Making Sense


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dirk Gently's unique stance on life.


    What about Douglas Adams’s performance did you like?

    He inhabits this character, and makes me believe it's him to some extent... Arthur was him too, but less obviously so.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lot's of laughs all the way through... too many to single out one.


    Any additional comments?

    I was led to the Dirk Gently saga via my love of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Finding out Mr. Adams himself narrated this one made it an obvious choice. It does not disappoint, and hearing him narrate Dirk tends to make me believe he is significantly closer to his true voice than Arthur Dent. The main difference being that Arthur has no idea why the world is out to get him, but Dirk has a pretty good idea...

    I haven't finished the book yet (about 60% through) but it's already repaid me in absurd fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janette Nederland, CO, United States 01-27-12
    Janette Nederland, CO, United States 01-27-12
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    "Douglas Adams - the best reader of his work"
    What made the experience of listening to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul the most enjoyable?

    Douglas Adams excellent reading, his lively, fun interpretation of this bizarre and intriguing story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Douglas Adams – was your favorite?

    Dirk Gently is the best, but Kate runs a close second.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 03-07-13
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not his finest work but ..."

    I'm a bonafide Douglas Adams fan. I've read everything I could find that he wrote, I've listened to all the dramatizations that the BBC did for H2G2 and I played his computer game and watched his talks on Youtube.

    That being said I'm sad to have to write that this book "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" was not his finest effort. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just not up to his snuff. Normally he ties up all the loose ends quite neatly and quite imaginatively but here I felt that there was a bit that wasn't quite finished. If I was to guess I would say that he was rushed to finish the book and just didn't have the time to polish it to his usual high luster.

    Douglas reads this and he reads it wonderfully. His tone, inflections and rhythm makes the story so wonderful to listen to that I found myself sitting in my car lost to where I was and just listening to him read. Quite wonderfully hypnotic.

    If you a Douglas Adams fan you'll HAVE to listen to this because ... well ... you know why, but if you're new to Douglas' work then you might want to skip this and listen to either "The Hitchhikers Guide ... " or "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 05-25-12
    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "One of the best example of humorous fiction EVER"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wattle GlenAustralia 01-06-04
    Andrew Wattle GlenAustralia 01-06-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Best yet"

    Funnier than Hitchhiker, just loved it even my 13 year old laughed out loud

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DOVER, Germany 08-27-14
    Michael DOVER, Germany 08-27-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Douglas Adams Was a God"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to be better than the print version?

    Not better but excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to and why?

    Nothing completely compares, but the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is very good too. Another Douglas Adams book.


    Have you listened to any of Douglas Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Everything he touched was wonderful


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Some things do not lend themselves to the the movie format. The abomination that was the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Movie will attest to that. A wonderful book tainted but the horrible movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Dave
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    "How dissappointing..."

    I have long been a great fan of Douglas Adams. His style and sense of comedy being fantastically different to any other authors works that I have read.
    The stories or Dirk Gently take a little detour from the better known stories from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
    I have read the books and heard the radio plays etc... So when I had the chance to download and listen to the unabridged book read by the Author I leapt at it...
    My first impression was that I had downloaded the story using the wrong quality... Then I realised that the mistake was not mine, but that the recording itself sounded like it had been recorded from a cassette playing over some earphones into a microphone and extra emphasis placed on the sssssssss's and the recording made to sound as thin and ethereal as possible.
    I have other Audiobooks read by Adams and have been very pleased by the sound of the Authors voice bringing the story to life. Giving meaning to passages that other narators would miss, or fail to understand to the same extent.
    Adams was a genius and his stories are testament to that. The quality of this recording does not do justice to the Author though. I think that the original recording would have sounded far better since Adams himself was an Audiophile and would not have allowed a poor recording to go out with his name on it.
    In short, it sounds thin, reedy and excessively sibilant.
    Great story, Well read, Poorly recorded.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Andover, United Kingdom
    11/15/12
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    "Simply brilliant"

    I'd forgotten how good Douglas Adams was until I listened to this, the second book featuring Dirk Gently and his Holistic Detective Agency. It's narrated by Douglas Adams, which means that all the subtlety and nuances are exactly how the author intended. The story itself is darkly funny and utterly surreal, and has some of the best comic lines I have heard in a long time. I don't want to give plot details away, but Dirk is a somewhat unusual private detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things, and who practices an unusual form of navigation whereby he follows someone who looks like they know where they are going. Gods are involved, and so is crisp, freshly laundered linen. And an eagle.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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