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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Audiobook

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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    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.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wattle GlenAustralia 01-06-04
    Andrew Wattle GlenAustralia 01-06-04 Member Since 2010
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    "Best yet"

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

    7 of 9 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 Member Since 2016
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sean C. 02-06-15
    Sean C. 02-06-15
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    "One of my favorite books of all time"

    Douglas Adams puts a tremendous amount of heart into reading a very clever and hilarious book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 09-14-15 Member Since 2013

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    "It just missed for me."

    Maybe it is just me, but sometimes, when a person (or writer) becomes known for a certain thing, perhaps they overdo it. I loved Hitchhiker's Guide and the sequels. This is a case of just such a thing for me. While it was certainly more of the absurdity that you expect from Adams, it just seemed to be reaching too hard to accomplish what read so effortless in his other work. I am sure there will be plenty to disagree, but perhaps he was poking at himself when he talked about that best selling book that nobody actually reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 06-13-15
    Michelle 06-13-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Liked everything but....."
    Where does The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh good...a cookie cutter review.
    I liked it...good story...terrible end however...it was so bad that I called Audible and asked if they'd check and make sure that it hadn't been cut off. Nope...that's how it ends.
    Wowser...I mean ol' Doug can write with the best of them...but he's no finisher!


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

    Samari by Clavel...because the lack of an ending left me wanting to go find him and beat him up!


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

    Douglas Adams reading was wonderful..as was most of the story...great character voices, but I have to ask...where's the last 5 minutes of the book Doug?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep, I had a 400 mile drive down the 395 in California and nothing to do but enjoy the fabulous scenery and this wonderful book...


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this author without hesitation. I'm intrigued to listen to some more of his writing because it's so witty and imaginative...and I'm dying to know if all his endings are like the guy who's winning the race only to break a leg at the finish line and run off the track!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Will 06-09-15
    Will 06-09-15

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    "Well, it's Douglas Adams, so that's good."

    On balance, it was worth reading. Truthfully, after about a half an hour, I got pretty tired of Adams' wordplay. (Ironically,he criticized a fictional author for running on and that author's editors for failing to do their jobs. Then he committed the same sin and alas, so did his editors. Also, Adams made a fairly common mistake of misusing the word "fulsome". His editors failed to rescue him. ) Not long thereafter, the plot took off and thereafter, I enjoyed the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Buddy 05-19-15
    Buddy 05-19-15 Member Since 2015

    Wodehouse. Wells, Waugh, and Wilde. And that's just the letter W. Fiction or autobiography or essay, I just enjoy writing.

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    "A Splendid Sequel"
    Would you listen to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul again? Why?

    Absolutely! The Wit and warmth make this a book I could listen to many times.


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

    The waiter. Obscure but perfectly worded. I love Adam's restaurant satire.


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

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 03-06-15
    Peter 03-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Douglas Adams does not disappoint"

    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."

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 02-23-15
    Chris 02-23-15
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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