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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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