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8 Nov 2007 BBC Audio
This is the first of three 6 x 30 minute full-cast dramatisations from the author and production team that brought us the most recent three series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". This first production is based on Douglas Adams' novel of the same name, adapted by Mike Stott and directed by the hugely acclaimed Dirk Maggs. This series of six half-hours features a stellar cast with Harry Enfield as the eponymous Holistic Detective, Billy Boyd as his client Richard Macduff, Olivia Coleman as his secretary Janice Pearce, Jim Carter as his nemesis DS Gilks, Andrew Sachs (as Professor Reg Chronotis, Felicity Montagu as Susan Way, Robert Duncan as her brother Gordon, Toby Longworth as the Electric Monk and Michael Fenton Stevens as Michael Wenton Weakes.Although this adaption will maintain the element of comic absurdity and wit that appeals to HH fans, it will work in its own right as a comedy for listeners new to Adams. Essentially a science fiction mystery comedy, the series explores everything from quantum physics, Norse Gods and an electric monk, to Coleridge, Schrodinger, Fractal theory, computer software & Bach.

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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405677430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405677431
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the "Hitchhiker's Guides, " all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
After having read Adams's 'Hitchhiker' series, I then wished to read the recently published posthumous compilation of his works, 'The Salmon of Doubt'. Yet after viewing the back of that particular book, I realised that I would benefit from reading his two preceding Dirk Gently novels beforehand. The first, 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', is hilariously written, with characters that compliment each other perfectly. Dirk Gently himself outranks Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy, in every manner but conventionality of methods, and it is his theory of the 'interconnectedness' of all things that gives the entire novel its sharp and refreshing originality. If read over a prolonged period, the ending may prove a little confusing; but if closely followed, the intelligent climax will be appreciated. Read this book, then read the others!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glaring errors in Kindle version 30 Sep 2011
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An amazing novel by probably the best science-fiction comedy writer of all time. This review is alas, however, for the Kindle edition, which is riddled with errors brought about by its direct OCR translation to digital format, which evidently never underwent anything as elaborate as a once-over proofread before it was released.

Some of these errors diminished understanding of the text altogether. For example, at a pivotal point during the novel, "a book fell out of the pocket" reads "a hook fell out of the pocket," in this edition. The non sequitur caused a cognitive paradox which tore the fabric of the universe around it, and kept me awake for an hour researching wherefore a hook should fall out of any bloody pocket in this novel in the first place.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious 13 Aug 2001
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is yet another example of the genius that brought us the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. A plot line with as many twists as...something twisty, and as much chaos as the average family household. It's filled with Adams-esque humour, which is subtle enough not to look silly and obvious enough that even *I* get most of the jokes ;o).
Most people see the Dirk Gently novels as secondary to the Hitchhikers series, but in my opinion they approach, and in some places exceed, Hitchhikers. There is something endearing about Dirk Gently, perhaps it's his oddness that most of us can relate to in some way.
If you like slightly insane humour, or any of Adam's other works (which include several Dr. Who scripts as well as the hugely popular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), you should definitely read this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Adams' finest work 4 Jan 2004
Obviously the name Douglas Adams is always going to mean 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', but for those who have only got that far, there are even greater delights to be found between the covers of 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'.
Few books can survive multiple readings, but 'Dirk Gently's...' is one of them. The more you read it, the more there is and the more you realise what a genius Adams was.
It's not worth outlining the story or picking illustrations of the writing, suffice to say that this book is quite simply Adams at his brilliant best.
Buy it and read it until it falls apart. Then buy it again. You will NOT be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Douglas Adams! That's self recommending 22 Mar 2013
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If you saw the TV series, you need to know that the book is so much better. A wonderful entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A very, very, stripped down dramatisation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - it would have been unrecognisable had not Stephen Mangan made such an excellent Dirk - recently showed on the BBC. It prompted me to go out and re-buy a book - the same edition, no less - that I last owned twenty or more years ago.

Now, on this site, I've already found that writing equivocal reviews of cherished books by a celebrated, prematurely dead cult writer - in particular, this one - is a fairly thankless business.

So I don't expect to be popular. Indeed, it calls to mind one of Arthur Dent's wry observations: It feels rather like sitting in a Vogon airlock, waiting to be thrown into deep space, and wishing I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young.

Well, I didn't, and it's too late now. So, here we go.

In 1987, revolutionarily, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was desktop-published by Douglas Adams himself, he boasted, on his Apple Macintosh, using MacAuthor publishing software (an unfortunate branding, given the market which has subsequently grown up around the capability the internet has delivered us for self-publishing mediocre books). But reading this one again - which was definitively not vanity published - it not only looks but feels a little that way: not a bad effort by any means, but it lacks a professional, detached judgement, the bearer of which could have put a hand on Adams' shoulder to say "steady on, old boy".

I have very mixed feelings about Douglas Adams. Without a doubt, he owned one of the most agile minds on the planet. He was possessed of a rare wit - one not possessed, for example, by latter day pretenders like Ben Elton or even Stephen Fry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Gently read by the author. 11 Nov 2010
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I loved this book at first reading knowing it to be Adams' best yet. Fate made it his best ever. I've read it at least a further six times since, its being one of my three favourite books of all time. Hearing it read by Adams himself just adds the nuances and brings every sentence to life.


On my wish list but unfortunately unavailable for many years, I got my copy recently from a torrent download site and would be perfectly happy to pay the royalties to whomever owns the copyright.

Phil Last
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing. Either Adams went off after the Hitch-hiker's ...
Very disappointing. Either Adams went off after the Hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy series, or my sense of humour has changed since I read those. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tony Sudbery
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly absurd
a real masterpiece of the absurd tickling your imagination and leaving you surprisingly gullible....brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, typical Duglas Adams
Very good book, some spelling mistakes (kindle edition) but on the whole, thoroughly enjoyed- would definitely recommend reading the book.
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Douglas Adam's book is bright in its use of language, bristles with myriad ideas, is completely, splendidly whacky, out of this world. Read more
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