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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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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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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 03-07-13
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 03-07-13
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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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    Lisa Danville, NH, United States 12-26-12
    Lisa Danville, NH, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my all-time favorites"

    I have loved this audio book since I bought it on tape in 1988 (1989 maybe?). I purchased the CDs when I wore out the tape. Now I have the electronic version. I own two copies of the book.

    It is crazy how much I love this story, and how much I love Adams's narration.

    Do yourself a favor and listen to it. You will thank me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Mableton, GA, USA 05-07-12
    Maryann Mableton, GA, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites."
    Would you listen to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul again? Why?

    Douglas Adams has such a unique point of view, I wish there were more Dirk Gently tales.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose my favorite character, I love them all. Kate is a great protagonist and Toe Rag is the perfect little troll.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing deep about this book, but very entertaining, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than once.

    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

    wheee

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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.

    2 of 3 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 02-23-15
    Chris 02-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful Story"
    What does Douglas Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Douglas Adams is a first-rate narrator with great timing and an authors understanding of the material.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book many times over the years and still laugh out loud at Dirk, the absurd situations he gets into, and his interaction with the characters around him. Adams' characterizations of every day life (airports, cab drivers, waiters, etc.) are gems I cary with me every day and brighten the world outside his stories.

    We miss you very much Douglas

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    Matt Z Penn State U. 03-07-13
    Matt Z Penn State U. 03-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.

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    "If love were a book."
    If you could sum up The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    A Pretty Airport


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

    The coke machine and fresh sheets.


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

    I love, love, love DNA. He is missed and worshiped in my home and heart.


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

    God Suicide


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    Dan 02-17-13
    Dan 02-17-13
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    "I forgot how good this one is"
    Where does The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with HHGTTG.

    I read it back in high school (early 70's) and I remembered that I liked it.I'm really glad I got it in audiobook, it's a very fun story.

    *SPOILERS* (in best River Song voice) Don't read further if you don't want your reading of the book colored by my idiotic opinions.

    I love all his stuff, but I'm not sure why he kind of just slapped an ending on this one. The concept is brilliant, the writing top notch, and Adams wrote the sexiest female characters ever, but it kind of peters out with a whimper at the very, very end.

    He was one seriously funny and creative guy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way he connected past and present seamlessly.


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

    Yes. If you're a fan, seek out (rob a bank or steal a plane, if needed) and find his 4 CD version of Hitchiker's Guide. I love Stephen Fry, he is a brilliant and talented guy, and he does an excellent job of reading HHGTTG, but let's face it, there is nothing like having the author perform the characters. It's one of my favorite audiobooks of all time.


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

    What's a god gotta do?


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    Jana Riverside, CA, United States 04-25-12
    Jana Riverside, CA, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Glad it's finally on Audible!"
    If you could sum up The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    quirky, hilarious, screwball


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

    "Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians" by Brandon Sanderson. Both are easy to read yet have a strong undercurrent of dry, deeply intelligent humor that made me laugh out loud.


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

    A rich British intonation (always a bonus!) and a knowledge that the author is giving you his interpretation of his own story.


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

    I love Douglas Adams' books but this is my personal favorite. Makes me laugh every time!


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    Ravenous Reader Queensland, Australia 12-22-12
    Ravenous Reader Queensland, Australia 12-22-12
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    "Great Story but needed a Different Reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and I'm sure I'll listen to it again and again. A really fun and enjoyable and surprising story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Douglas Adams?

    No - I LOVE Adams as an author but as a reader he fell flat. I mean I don't need all the voices and accents done exactly but there were lots of moments where more infliction or even a pause for effect was needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously this is a great story but imagine if it were read by either Stephen Fry or Alan Cumming?? Brilliant would be my one word review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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