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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

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Douglas Adams does not disappoint

If you've read (or listened to) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, you might have some idea what you're getting into, but dont start this audiobook unless you have time to finish it. Adams has a way of looking straight through the absurdity of the human condition and cracking a joke that reduces our greatest shortcomings to laughable proportions.

"Rather than open the fridge door, she had thrown his food away. He looked round slowly at the grimy, squat, white monolith, and that was the exact moment at which he realised without a shadow of a doubt that his fridge had begun seriously to lurk."

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Douglas Adams Was a God

Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to be better than the print version?

Not better but excellent.

What other book might you compare The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul to and why?

Nothing completely compares, but the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is very good too. Another Douglas Adams book.

Have you listened to any of Douglas Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Everything he touched was wonderful

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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.

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so far I totally hate this audiobook!

The narrator speaks in a very fast manner and his accent and tone of voice make this the most boring dribble I've listened to since I can remember. If I could return it I would.
This book is a reminder you need to listen to books immediately if you are not sure if you will like them or not so you can return them ASAP. I waited too long to listen and now I can't return it.

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its cheeky

One note to the editing- the chapters and therefore the scenarios roll into one another without the slightest hint of a new chapter- it really needs a pause between.

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This was a fun quirky adventure.

I didn’t joyed as much as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but was still good.

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one of my favorites!

loved it! Douglas Adams is one of my favorite authors. if you like Terry Pratchett's writing style than you should give this book a chance.

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delightful

I loved this book, what a delightfully twisting comedic mystery. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Disappointing sequel

I consider the first Dirk Gently novel to be a minor masterpiece. It is a novel of an apocalypse avoided thanks largely to our titular hero (or whatever he is) and, perhaps unsurprisingly, leads us on a merry chase through English academia, English history, English poetry, and the lore of English poets while also tickling our funnybone. This time around Dirk is more observer than prime mover and the story is seeped more in Nordic than Eng!ish myth and that fairly shallowly. (I'm currently obsessed by Wagner's Ring Cycle and therefore obsessed with Nordic myth and this pales in comparison.) Luckily, the humor (or humour) remains. I simply did not find this plot as clever or as enthralling as the first book.

Another complaint concerns the narrator, the author Douglas Adams. He neither reads the chapter numbers, pauses, nor in any other way indicates that this setting with these characters is ovef and we're now at that setting with those characters. That can create confusion and make it difficult to follow.

I would probably have liked this better if I hadn't li!ed the firsg book so much.

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Entertaining!

Loved every second of it. Wonderful narration! Great story! I enjoyed it so much I am sad it's over.

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What a lovely, fun read!

I enjoyed the reader's presentation of the material. The narrative was energetic and carried me through to the very end.