The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • by Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by Douglas Adams
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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...

I haven't finished the book yet (about 60% through) but it's already repaid me in absurd fun!

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- Bruce

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.
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- Dominic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books