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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Ok, everyone has read and/or listened to and watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (right?), but honestly, that was where my knowledge of Douglas Adams began and ended. So when LDTTOTS was listed as a Daily Deal offering, I grabbed it.
If you enjoy British humor and a little absurdist surrealism in your fiction occasionally, give this a listen. Ok, so the book was very good.
What I did NOT realize was that Mr Adams also narrated this book, & unlike many who have failed at the task before him, Adams soars. Just hearing him calling out Odin in a challenge (as Thor) towards the end of the book in this searing howling voice was enough to give him 6 stars on a scale of five.
It looks as though I have a lot of new listening in front of me, as it appears he has narrated several other books as well. Just wish he was still around to thank. Thank you Douglas Adams, & rest in piece. Unless you're immortal. In which case, carry on:)
I really enjoyed the first approx. 2/3rd's of this book, due to the witty kind of detective crime comedy mystery. It was really very entertaining, but the last couple of hours seemed like the author got tired of writing it, and it degenerated into some kind of pagan romp. That would have been OK had it ended sooner, but I couldn't see any reason why the story couldn't resolve itself in a more realistic manner. With all that writing talent, it should have been a really great book, but as it was, it left me thinking the author takes too many hallucinogens. Or at least shouldn't take them while writing. I guess I just can't suspend reality up quite that high.
Wodehouse. Wells, Waugh, and Wilde. And that's just the letter W. Fiction or autobiography or essay, I just enjoy writing.
Absolutely! The Wit and warmth make this a book I could listen to many times.
The waiter. Obscure but perfectly worded. I love Adam's restaurant satire.
Yes, this would be my seventh. First one he read himself though. Not bad at all, but a bit of a poor recording as far as background noise is concerned.
If you've read (or listened to) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, you might have some idea what you're getting into, but dont start this audiobook unless you have time to finish it. Adams has a way of looking straight through the absurdity of the human condition and cracking a joke that reduces our greatest shortcomings to laughable proportions.
"Rather than open the fridge door, she had thrown his food away. He looked round slowly at the grimy, squat, white monolith, and that was the exact moment at which he realised without a shadow of a doubt that his fridge had begun seriously to lurk."
Douglas Adams is a first-rate narrator with great timing and an authors understanding of the material.
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
For the record, Dover is not in Germany. Amazon understood DE to be Deutschland rather than Delaware, and it doesn't want to let me change.
Not better but excellent.
Nothing completely compares, but the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is very good too. Another Douglas Adams book.
Everything he touched was wonderful
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.
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.
The way he connected past and present seamlessly.
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.
What's a god gotta do?
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.
quirky, hilarious, screwball
"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.
A rich British intonation (always a bonus!) and a knowledge that the author is giving you his interpretation of his own story.
I love Douglas Adams' books but this is my personal favorite. Makes me laugh every time!
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