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
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".
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.
Douglas Adams has such a unique point of view, I wish there were more Dirk Gently tales.
I can't choose my favorite character, I love them all. Kate is a great protagonist and Toe Rag is the perfect little troll.
Nothing deep about this book, but very entertaining, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than once.
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.
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.
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
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.
A Pretty Airport
The coke machine and fresh sheets.
I love, love, love DNA. He is missed and worshiped in my home and heart.
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?
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!
Yes and I'm sure I'll listen to it again and again. A really fun and enjoyable and surprising story.
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.
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.
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