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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

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Sadly, it's abridged

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.

97 of 98 people found this review helpful

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  • Manon
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 06-22-12

Great book, not great abridged

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.

52 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Unfortunately, unabridged

Would you try another book from Douglas Adams and/or Douglas Adams?

Yes, most definitely.

Would you recommend Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to your friends? Why or why not?

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.

What about Douglas Adams’s performance did you like?

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.

What character would you cut from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Ah, Douglas, how we miss you ...

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.

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This is one of My Fav's of all times

Would you consider the audio edition of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to be better than the print version?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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

Yes, I also have (of course) H2G2 (Hitchhikers Guide). It is the same quality, good.

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

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".

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Pay attention

Fun book. Had to listen twice. Solid story. Funny and entertaining. Fantastic narration. You’ll like it if you’re a Adams fan.

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Dirk Gently proves the relationship of all things.

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.

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Douglas Adams strikes again!

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • Los Gatos, California, United States
  • 02-14-12

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

What made the experience of listening to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency the most enjoyable?

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.

What other book might you compare Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to and why?

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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Douglas Adams wit prevails

If you could sum up Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in three words, what would they be?

Adam's Funny Satire

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?

Searching for the cat

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

good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

When on long drives, I like to listen to Douglas adams

1 of 1 people found this review helpful