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
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.
Funnier than Hitchhiker, just loved it even my 13 year old laughed out loud
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.
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.
Todd W. Brown
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.
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!
Samari by Clavel...because the lack of an ending left me wanting to go find him and beat him up!
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?
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...
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!
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.
If you have read Douglas Adams, all I can say is, here's some more. If you haven't read Douglas Adams, try this one. The story moves along briskly: most of it takes place during the course of one long and frantic day. Much of the humor in the book comes from Adams' use of language. I might reread it some time just to savor his clever metaphors. Author-narrated books are always a bit special.
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.
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.
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.
"A rare treasure."
Long dark tea-time of the soul is the wildly wonderful sequel to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. As well as being an exciting tale of belligerent eagles; forgotten gods; and neglected refrigerators this is also one of the increasingly difficult to find readings by the author himself. Nothing can compare to hearing Douglas Adams bring his characters to life. I only hope Audible can get their hands on his Hitchhiker's readings as well. If you are an Adams fan why are you still reading this? Buy this recording now!
"classic Douglas Adams"
full of the wit and style I would expect from a Douglas Adams story, full of character and charm and plenty of cynicism
decided to listen to one chapter,and just listened to the whole thing
"Love Douglas Adams"
So enjoyable to hear Douglas Adams reading his own work. No danger of the narrator misinterpreting the authors meaning.
I just love the idea that immortal MEANS immortal. All of humanity's "gods" are still out there - somewhere.
His own interpretation of the characters he created really brought them to life for me in a way reading it myself never did before.
Dirk Gentley - Holistic detective to the gods.
Probably the least well known of Douglas Adams books but it still has the humour and out of the box thinking that makes people love Hitchhickers.
"Don't let the audio quality put you off..."
The humour and Adam's performance.
Not yet, but this was great. He doesn't differentiate between character voices as well as other narrators, but this is a cracking book nonetheless.
This was my first Adams – and I have to admit, when browsing the samples and hearing that crackly, scratchy audio I was put off – but don't be. After the first minute you don't even notice.
really bad quality recording but you get used to it. There were too many characters to remember who they all were which slightly marred the ending for me. Not as good or anywhere near as funny as the first book but not a bad listen overall.
"Douglas Adams always"
I hope audible will come up with Douglas Adams narration of HHGTTG. Only he gets the correct timing for his comedy.
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