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 love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I decided to give Douglas Adams another try after living for years 2+ decades ago in England and never finding his satire funny. Well, it's still not funny, not even close. It's a matter of personal taste, but Dirk Gently is not my cup of tea. Hearing Adams read his own work is interesting. The 1999 recording, two years before his death, is tinny but understandable. Adams brought a lot of laughter to his many fans. Although I do not appreciate his work, millions of other do.
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.
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