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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Audiobook

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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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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    Bruce United States 07-02-12
    Bruce United States 07-02-12
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    "Makes you miss him even more..."
    If you could sum up The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    Absurdity Making Sense


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dirk Gently's unique stance on life.


    What about Douglas Adams’s performance did you like?

    He inhabits this character, and makes me believe it's him to some extent... Arthur was him too, but less obviously so.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lot's of laughs all the way through... too many to single out one.


    Any additional comments?

    I was led to the Dirk Gently saga via my love of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Finding out Mr. Adams himself narrated this one made it an obvious choice. It does not disappoint, and hearing him narrate Dirk tends to make me believe he is significantly closer to his true voice than Arthur Dent. The main difference being that Arthur has no idea why the world is out to get him, but Dirk has a pretty good idea... <br/><br/>I haven't finished the book yet (about 60% through) but it's already repaid me in absurd fun!

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic Basingstoke, N/A, United Kingdom 07-29-03
    Dominic Basingstoke, N/A, United Kingdom 07-29-03
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    "A Funny Journey"

    Out of the two 'Dirk Gently' titles written by Douglas Adams this is probably the weaker. Don't get me wrong, it is incredibly funny in his usual style, the detective logic is spot on and some of his observations are genius. The problem is that Adams sometimes can't find good ways to finish his books and I feel this is especially true with this title (I won't give away the ending). Also a plus is Adam's reading as his dry wit fits perfectly with the tone of the book and he obviously understands how his material should be read. Overall I would say this is definitely worth a look as although the ending is weak, the story is one hell of a funny journey.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Antje Dirksen upstate New York 12-24-12
    Antje Dirksen upstate New York 12-24-12

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    "It all Started With DNA"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Douglas Adams (DNA) is rightfully famous for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy and all its configurations. There are two novels introducing the incomparable holistic detective, Dirk Gently. One is The long, Dark Teatime of the Soul, a gem of a story that weaves together Adams' English dry wit, a murder mystery and the Norse gods mythology.<br/>Who else would think of the fact that gods are immortal, but maybe in need of a rest home and linen sheets while hoping for a career in soft drink commercials?


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

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, of course and maybe a few of the Terry Pratchett Disk World novels.


    What does Douglas Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Besides laughing out loud, you mean? The scene with the murdered man's son in the attic room is priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this novel, there is a good chance you will also love Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jackson Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-03
    Jackson Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-03
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    "An Amazingly Perfect Story"

    I had so much fun with this book I nearly crashed the car. When I first read the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" I thought it couldn't get any better, but I actually enjoyed "Dirk Gently" even more. This story has absolutely everything you could ask for and more: mystery, comedy, science fiction, science fact, murder, suspence, ghosts, robots, aliens, demonic posession, theology, evolution, time travel, and an electric monk. You'll have to listen to it to know what that last one is. I strongly recommend it.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 03-07-13
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not his finest work but ..."

    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".

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 06-01-15
    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2011

    Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.

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    "Douglas Adams Rules on Two Fronts!"

    Ok, everyone has read and/or listened to and watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (right?), but honestly, that was where my knowledge of Douglas Adams began and ended. So when LDTTOTS was listed as a Daily Deal offering, I grabbed it.
    If you enjoy British humor and a little absurdist surrealism in your fiction occasionally, give this a listen. Ok, so the book was very good.

    What I did NOT realize was that Mr Adams also narrated this book, & unlike many who have failed at the task before him, Adams soars. Just hearing him calling out Odin in a challenge (as Thor) towards the end of the book in this searing howling voice was enough to give him 6 stars on a scale of five.

    It looks as though I have a lot of new listening in front of me, as it appears he has narrated several other books as well. Just wish he was still around to thank. Thank you Douglas Adams, & rest in piece. Unless you're immortal. In which case, carry on:)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas G. Roehl 02-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite fiction audiobook"

    This is a story of wonderful descriptions and perfect tangents. I've listened hundreds of times and it feels like home. Douglas Adams has a triumphant plot that takes its time developing. If you're confused, don't panic; the plots come together. The theme is the fundamental connectedness of all things.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 07-23-15
    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 07-23-15 Member Since 2005
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    "The Incomparable Douglas Adams!"

    I have read all of Douglas Adams' books many times but loved this audible version by the author himself. Intelligent, humorous, and creative. You can't go wrong with this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Mableton, GA, USA 05-07-12
    Maryann Mableton, GA, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites."
    Would you listen to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul again? Why?

    Douglas Adams has such a unique point of view, I wish there were more Dirk Gently tales.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose my favorite character, I love them all. Kate is a great protagonist and Toe Rag is the perfect little troll.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing deep about this book, but very entertaining, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than once.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 05-25-17
    Joe 05-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "meh"

    Second book is better than the first, but the story seems to still be lacking and leads to nothing interesting.

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    7/2/17
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    "So good I listened twice"

    It's a crazy story ... but the story's only half the story.

    The language is so rich and funny ... and that's why I needed to read it twice : once for the story and again to capture all the irony.

    I've recommended it my book group and sent a real book copy to a friend.

    The Audible copy is read by the author so you know exactly what he wanted to convey.

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  • treefell
    6/23/17
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    "Enjoyable but definitely flawed"
    If you could sum up The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    Gods, contracts and fridges


    If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Adams before, how does this one compare?

    Has Adams' usual effortlessly funny style which pulls you through happily enough. Actually thinking about the ending spoils it to a certain extent.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Douglas Adams?

    Probably not. His diction is fine but his pacing is weird at times and he *cannot* do accents.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Even the Gods make bad decisions


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rod A
    6/19/17
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    "Fantastic lark of the impossible"

    Douglas Adams has a wonderful grasp of the english language. Listened to whole book in two sittings as was laughing out loud. The visual effects he created in my mind are. Writer than any movie. Loved it.

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  • n d tonks
    6/12/17
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    "excellent read"

    a great book with lots of tangents and humouress diversions. the ending was however, very abrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Ingham
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    5/18/17
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    "fabulous"

    an amazingly goofy imaginative story. Typical Douglas Adams. very well worth listening to. had me laughing out loud!

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  • sarah
    9/24/15
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    "hmm"

    really bad quality recording but you get used to it. There were too many characters to remember who they all were which slightly marred the ending for me. Not as good or anywhere near as funny as the first book but not a bad listen overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacob berlyn
    1/8/17
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    "verry funnu and odly satsifyinh"

    lisson to the book its fantasic. if you are not accustom to Mr adams wrighing style then this is a fantasic way of dicvovering it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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