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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 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,869 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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What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sutherland on 4 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ben Jammin' on 30 Sept. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2011
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Douglas Adams stands apart from other authors in having most of his books professionally dramatised. This book is no exception, although I found it was the one that eluded my attention the longest.

Starting off with a lot of confusion & seemingly jumbled information, I initially put it aside for 1 year or so thinking that it was a bad note in an otherwise flawless collection of work.
However, I gave it another go &, once you get beyond the first CD, the plot begins to make sense & you understand why the book was written in such a way.

The basic plot is that Richard McDuff is falsely accused of murder after his boss (Gordon Way) is slain outside his car. McDuff then teams up with Dirk Gently (an enigmatic friend from college who has mysterious abilities) in order to find evidence to clear his name.

So far, so predictable.

What really makes stands this audio book out from the average detective yarn is the science included throughout the plot & the interesting complexities created by the Holistic nature of the universe (e.g. the fundamental inter-connectedness of all things, combined with time travel, means that a completed version of Kublai Khan (by Samuel Taylor Coleridge) spells the end of the human race).

And I suppose this is why it is such a great book - the plot & the sheer strangeness of the material demand repeat listening/ reading & rewards such people with added insights into what is an astonishingly intricate & well written plot.

Add to this that the story has been fully dramatised, with a well picked cast (including Harry Enfield at his best in the role of Dirk Gently) & you will find a true treat waiting to be discovered.
Get beyond the complexities of Adams' most difficult work & the scientific insights are there for the taking...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2011
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Douglas Adams' take on detective fiction is playful, imaginative, full of whimsy and quantum theory. I sometimes think my sense of humour must be a bit odd or lacking (maybe that's true of most people!) in that half of what I'm told I will find funny leaves me sighing noisily, thinking `but that is so UNFUNNY'. This, however, tickled my funny bone and then some. But then I've always appreciated the fly in humour. Dada and the Theatre Of The Absurd amused me, and the frankly unexpected delights. How often do you expect that a thinking horse, ridden by a malfunctioning robot monk would enter a mysterious time door in a cave in an unpink desert, and that this would result in the horse appearing in a 2nd floor bathroom in Cambridge. Frankly, it's never happened to me, yet, but now I'm living in eager anticipation....

Basic premise (as with a lot of detective stories) is that there has been a murder. All evidence points to our charming hero, Richard. WE know he's not guilty. Enter the rather shady Dirk Gently, ex Cambridge undergraduate, last seen in police custody some years previously, now running an holistic detective agency. Holistic because it is based on the interconnectedness of all things. Which brings us to Quantum Theory. And Schrodinger's cat. Any event in the space-time continuum can connect to any other. Adams can therefore assemble a joyously random collection of people, things and events, and weave them together. The unfolding of randomness, particularly as it is so VERY weird, doesn't leave the reader (well, this reader) sighing noisily yet again going, `oh, come on, TOO MANY coincidences' . In an interconnected world there ARE no coincidences, everything connects . And because his connections are so cleverly daft, its fun to see what gets linked together.
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