There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.
©1991 Douglas Adams (P)2004 Simon & Schuster
I wish I had realized it was an abridgement. My bad, but Adams was a wordsmith and nothing should be slashed. I hope Audible or the publisher will give us the full version sometime. As one of my favorite novels, it is lacking.
I love the book and Douglas Adams is one of my favorite authors (and now one of my favorite narrators), but the abridgment of this book is a crime. At first there were just a few small things missing, but, if you've read the book - by the time it wraps up you realized that it missed a bunch of key plot points and the ending no longer makes much sense.
I've heard that there is an unabridged version out there and I hope that Audible can find it, because I would happily spend more money to buy it to replace this version.
If you love Douglas Adams and his stories, this recording is worth having, just for enjoyment. But the full book is so much better.
How many times have I read this ... and every other book Mr. Adams wrote? I really can't remember. Although his "Hitchhiker" series is better know, I actually like the two Dirk Gently books even better.Real plots, great characters, set on planet Earth.
And this version, read by Douglas Adams himself, is perfect. He died way too young. Miss you Douglas, always will.
This is my favorite book of all time. It wasn't the first time I listened to it because it was a little confusing with a lot of odd plot threads. The second time I listened to the book it was like looking at a silhouette of two heads looking at each other and seeing a white candlestick. I think I might have stolen that analogy from something else Douglas wrote. I will admit that I was listening to a different version that was abridged and that I didn't know that Samuel Taylor Coleridge never finished his poem Kubla Khan. That may be considered a slight spoiler, but I think he wrote the book thinking the reader should already know that.
But it all comes together, so so well. Re-listening to it I found all sorts of little clues in the details that I had glossed over and not paid attention to the first time.
Now on top of all that, the writing is so clever, well done and absolutely hilarious.
Yes, most definitely.
No - read the unabridged edition instead. It is completely missing some of the most fun parts of the book. It's the little details that Adams excels in, and they were deemed unimportant.
Douglas Adams has always had a fascinating voice to listen to since his early radio days. I much prefer listening to him than reading myself.
I would ask the character of Dirk's secretary NOT be cut. Every other character is somewhat fundamental to the story, while her existence helped develop Dirk's character. Shame.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I was initially quite distraught to find that this audiobook is abridged, and while honing my vexation to unleash upon some poor Audible representative, I decided to listen to a bit first. I went from "How dare they lessen something written by Douglas Adams!" to "Hey, Douglas Adams himself is narrating this!" in about thirty seconds, and then enjoyed myself immensely for next three hours. If you want a way to defuse your anger, have a lot of yard work to do in heat and humidity, or just want a great book full of really funny British humor read by DNA himself, then this is the book for you. I have personally tested it and it works amazingly well in each of these situations. I can't wait to mow the lawn tomorrow while listening to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
“Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
Dirk Gently deduces how a horse, an Electric Monk, a professor of chronology, a computer programmer, his employer, his employers' sister, her sometime boyfriend, a couch, an answering machine, the boyfriend's newspaper, the employer's ghost, a salt cellar, an ancient Greek pot, Rubik's Cube, time travel, a little girl's dress, pinkish soil, an abacus, a dodo, calvaria nuts, a spaceship, laudanum, an albatross, the beginning of life and a dinner reservation are all related. The pizza place was closed. Douglas Adams is at his wittiest best. He skewers the budding computer age, TV programs, stuffy academia and the British Telecom. This is a fun, fun mystery. You will love it.
Dirk Gently is another great Adams character, and the situations (though set on Earth) are as absurd as anything in The Hitchhiker's Guide. I give it only four stars overall simply because it's abridged - I want more!
Normally, I wouldn't even think of buying an abridged audiobook, but this is Douglas Adams - read by the author. So for me that makes all the difference.
The book is already on my list of all time favorites, I have had the printed version for nearly 20 years. The Audio version is better in that I can now hear Mr Adams (may he Rest in Interconnectedness of Everything) characters as he heard them. Plus it is very convenient when I need to get my dose of Dirk and Douglas, and I can't actually sit and read (at work I work with my hands, so the brain and ears are free to wonder as they would like, not unlike Dirk.
Just the whole silly look at the foibles of the human race and how we can sometimes actually get a better picture by looking askance at ourselves.
Yes, I also have (of course) H2G2 (Hitchhikers Guide). It is the same quality, good.
When Dirk tells Richard about how he started the "agency", looking for "Bernice" the Cat who got fed up being gassed. And the "Charge for Saving the world".
I read therefore I am a noun.
I've listened to the BBC dramatized versions of 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe' and loved the deep audio ambiance with the familiar characters of the original cast. But I couldn't pass up the experience of listening to Douglas Adams reading one of his own stories. I wasn't let down, it was just as much fun as I hoped it would be.
The 'Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel' by Jasper Fford is as close to this book as I've experienced in my readings. Fun, creative quirks with brilliant insights into everyday areas of our lives and then turning it inside out like a Klien bottle.
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