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Douglas Adams
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7 Sep 1998
When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn’t actually anything to do with them at all. No rational cause could be found for the explosion – it was simply designated an act of God. But, think Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15:37 to Oslo? Funnier than Psycho... more chilling than Jeeves Takes Charge ... shorter than War and Peace... the new Dirk Gently novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged Ed edition (7 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753104733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753104736
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,922,096 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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About the Author

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a holistically funny book! 19 May 2005
Format:Paperback
Dirk Gently owns a 'holistic detective agency', believing that as all things are connected, seemingly random coincidences can solve a mystery. The mystery needing to be solved now involves a coke machine, disappearing- and re-appearing- norse gods, an american woman in england, a strange eagle that may have more to it than meets the eye, a private hospital for 'strange' cases, a demon with a contract, and, god forbid, LAWYERS.
The same, random, bizarre and genuinely funny humour from the writer of 'The HitchHikers Guide To the Galaxy' and while not as hysterical, incisive or purely brilliant as that series, is still a fantastic, and not wholly light-hearted piece of fiction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
If you've read any Douglas Adams books, e.g. any of the Hitch-Hikers Guide books then you'll know not to expect a run-of-the-mill story.
The book follows Dirk Gently who runs his very own holistic detective agency. Without wanting to spoil any of the surprises and twists that await you I'll just mention that the book really begins when a check-in desk at Heathrow Airport is engulfed in a ball of flames. This, remember, is where it begins - if you tried to guess where it ends I can assure you that you'd be wrong. Throughout the book Adams writes in very readable style, managing to sew the plot together well.
It occurs to me that if you're a Monty Python fan then you'll love this book. Alas, I only wish we'd studied books like this in school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese + Isaac Asimov = Douglas Adams 30 Jan 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A reader of this book could easily get lost in Douglas Adams' unrelenting British dry humor and overlook the touching tragedy in his brilliant tale about immortal gods who have been cast aside, ignored and all but forgotten by their vapid subjects. His characters spend their time stumbling down a bouncing high-wire, teetering between silliness and profundity. Just when they seem in danger of plummeting off one side or the other, the author pulls them back and sends them down another plot twist that at first seems absurd and then seems absurd that it's all beginning to make sense. Adams has an ability to at once convey both the complexity and the insanity of the post-quantum physics world. This is a book which will help us understand why Einstein always had that bizarre, far-away look in his eyes. Einstein had caught a glimpse of the true nature of the universe -- and so will the reader of this extraordinary story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky and Fun But Missing Something at the End 20 Feb 2004
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Kate Schechter should have taken the signs the universe was trying to give her. That's what she tells herself as she shows up at the airport for a trip to Norway in spite of all the warnings. Still, she is unprepared for the check in desk to be blown through the roof just after she misses her flight.
Meanwhile, Dirk Gently has hit a low. He has almost no money and no clients. Except the one he's forgotten about who promptly gets himself killed. Now Dirk feels responsible for not taking this guy's claims serious and wants to track down the green eyed monster. As if that weren't enough, he and his cleaning lady are having a war over who will open his fridge first, an out of order soda machine keeps appearing and disappearing, and he's being stalked by an eagle. What these seemingly unrelated events have to do with each other provides plenty of wacky entertainment.
I am still only mildly familiar with the books of Douglas Adams, and I simply must correct that. This fantasy novel was wonderfully strange and entertaining. The opening bits about the airport and Kate's trip had me laughing out loud. The laughs slowed down over the course of the book, but they were still plentiful. Maybe it's my normal reading of mysteries, but my only real complaint was an ending that was really more confusing then enlightening of what had gone on before.
This is a wonderful title sure to entertain. I must move more of his books higher up my to be read pile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people just don't get it! 27 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I see so many reviews here about how this can't compare to HHGTTG or how the DGHDA books are just too confusing. They just don't seem to understand the sublime humor, complexity, and beauty wrought in these books. Its not the anything-for-laughs absurdity of the HHGTTG series; It tries to acheive a higher plane in humor. This book, spared the somewhat sluggish intro of its previous, works so well. The journey will bewilder you, but hang in and it'll start making sense. A masterpiece! Please, DNA, don't listen to all the whiners wishing for another quick-and-easy book in the HHGTTG series; That horse is long dead, so quit beating it. Continue on producing better books; Don't be dissuaded by the naysayers who can't let go of the past...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Immortals 30 Jan 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
'The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul' is Douglas Adams 2nd Dirk Gently novel, following on from 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', and this time sees Dirk investigating the explosive disappearance of his ex-secretary and the decapitation of his latest client. In many ways 'The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul' is a more straightforward novel than it's predecessor, with the main storyline concerning the immortal remnants of the Asgardian gods always being to the fore, though it's still fun watching Adams tie-up the disparate plot-threads using Dirk's holistic detective approach. Sadly one thing common it has with the first Dirk Gently novel is that after a hugely enjoyable build-up the novel ends with a disappointing 'blink and you'll miss it' climax, but the crucial fact that this appears to be an original novel rather than a conglomeration of Adams old Doctor Who scripts makes this ultimately the more enjoyable of the two novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Douglas Adams' books
Got the book but am separated from it and just had to reread it. Love Douglas Adams' books. Like the concept of what happens to gods when no-one believes in them any more
Published 12 days ago by J PHILLIPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant!
Published 19 days ago by PG
5.0 out of 5 stars I prefer it to Hitchhikers
Having first read This book and also Dirk Gently many, many years ago, ( & re-reading them time after time because they are sublime) I thought I would look to see how they fared in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Royle
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story
Only down side: The end, I wanted more and more!!
Amazing book and I look forward to reading it again just so I can see the jigsaw fits together!
Published 2 months ago by Jag Sandhu
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good....
as Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. It just seemed a little 'forced' for want of a better word. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trevor
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other Dirk Gently books
This book was very rambling and not very funny. Just not up to the usual standard of Douglas Adams novels, in my opinion.
Published 5 months ago by FP2
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story...
Such a good story and the characters are excellent, I have read this so many times over the years...love it
Published 6 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect boook
Great book by awesome author, recommend by all means
Go to hell amazon with the stupid minimum word limit system
Published 9 months ago by Martin Holeysovskı
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange but very enjoyable read
read other Douglas Adams so thought i would give this one a try, strange but enjoyable read, and it all becomes apparent in the end, wont say anymore, but worth checking out
Published 10 months ago by joburty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dougie
My favorite Dirk Gently book. An excellent read for anyone. If you've never read any of his books this is not a bad one to start with. Read more
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