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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33,791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Adams Narrator: Harry Enfield Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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Harry Enfield stars once again in a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Douglas Adams's second Dirk Gently novel, directed by the award-winning Dirk Maggs

Harry Enfield exuberantly returns as Dirk Gently, who, fallen on hard times and dressed as a gypsy woman, is using his irritatingly accurate clairvoyant powers to read palms. He is saved when a frantic client turns up with a ludicrous story about being stalked by a goblin waving a contract accompanied by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster. When Detective Superintendent Gilks decides a headless body found in a sealed room is the result of a particularly irritating suicide, Dirk is plunged into a mystery where the interconnectedness of all things is tested to the limit...

This is the second of three series adapted from the Dirk Gently books, directed by Dirk Maggs (chosen by Douglas Adams to conclude the award-winning Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy). Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Jan Ravens (Dead Ringers), Philip Jackson (Poirot), John Fortune (Bremner, Bird & Fortune), Morwenna Banks (Absolutely), Stephen Moore (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy) and returning cast members Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Jim Carter (The Golden Compass) and Billy Boyd (The Lord Of The Rings). This release contains over 30 minutes of additional unbroadcast material. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/4/2014

    " Re-read this, er...relistened to this for the first time in a while. I think this is my favorite Douglas Adams, actually. I know its heresy to say that you like something more than Hitchhikers, but this is really such a perfect little dark warped jewel of a book. Plus the audio version is read by Adams himself, which makes it extra great to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yoon | 2/2/2014

    " I am one of a handful of people who have read all or most of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series without finding it particularly funny, interesting, or good, so it took me quite by surprise when I pulled this from the shelf, started reading, and started to crack up. I have not read the prequel, but this mostly stands alone pretty well: a "holistic" detective, Dirk Gently, collides with a woman named Kate Schacter who is suffering travel difficulties, not to mention Norse gods thundering around. And a large, homicidal gold eagle. And let's not forget the malevolent fridge in Gently's apartment, which has not been opened in three months. I promise there's a plot under all this, but the plot is almost besides the point. Rather, it's a fast-moving, fun, and wildly improbable ride through a lot of bizarre imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Dummer | 1/27/2014

    " Adams is highly amusing. I am now finished with all of his books. It is a little sad. They were amusing and distracting in my transitional time. I highly recommend Adams for anyone who needs a reprieve from life. There are infinite probabilities... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davita Egeland | 1/8/2014

    " Great, if you liked the Hitchhiker's series, you will like this. This time not only do we get to enjoy the humor that brought to us the hitchhikers guide to the universe, but also a quirky, weird but intriguing mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 1/8/2014

    " While enjoyable in the end, this book should have been titled 'Kind of Slow on the Uptake and Very Very Likely to Confuse the Hell out of You Until the Final 80 Pages.' My number one complaint, aside from the slowness and it's confusion inducing properties, is that the main characters don't have much in the way of interaction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 12/29/2013

    " Thor, rock music, Odin in a nursing home, a lorry driver who's also a minor rain god. It's all kind of weirdly funny and well, I like that and Adams combined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 12/24/2013

    " How does one "dirk gently"? I recall amusing myself with that thought when I read the jacket blurb. Needless to say, previous to this novel, Dirk and I were not acquainted. Although I enjoyed this book, I wasn't intrigued enough to pursue Detective Gently through another tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Desonier | 11/27/2013

    " It was okay. Funny in the way Adams is, but not his best storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Snyder | 10/19/2013

    " Lesser known book by the humorous sci-fi great, but to me, one of his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Meathook | 9/21/2013

    " I don't know where mr. Adams got the idea to end the Dirk Gently in such an abrupt, and quite frankly unsatisfying manner, but he did. And somehow it still works. These books are irreverent, charming, and hilarious. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that there will be no more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/8/2013

    " too weird...a string of non sequiturious events somehow all interconnect and lead to a resolution "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabine Neubauer | 9/4/2013

    " I enjoyed it more than #1. Life can be tough, even for gods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl | 7/5/2013

    " Reasonably entertaining, but nothing to write home about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/13/2013

    " After reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, continue on to this delightful, short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan Vinyard | 5/11/2013

    " i ordered this along with the first book and they were both good if you are a douglas adams fan. great reads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harm | 11/19/2012

    " As the second book in the series of Dirk Gently detective stories it is the worst entry point to Douglas Adams. The legendary and fun galaxy trilogy in five books behind me, I can say it is not worth to pick up. Try all the others first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/18/2012

    " Okay. Not as good as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Mishap | 1/11/2012

    " I recently re-read this and I have to say it hasn't held up well. I think the explosion of adult fantasy/urban fantasy and detective mash-ups has pushed the quality forward, leaving this progenitor behind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mkb | 9/24/2011

    " I'd forgotten that the denouement is a bit sudden. I think this book speaks to me more now I'm an adult than it did when I was a teenager. At the time I was probably just disappointed about a Douglas Adams book without all my favourite HHG2G characters in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nika | 9/14/2011

    " Typical Adams. It has the same style as the previous book about Dirk Gently. The wording itself can get really complicated, which makes it funny. I like how Nordic gods have been included. Lots of mystery and impossible events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karan | 8/26/2011

    " Funny, good escape...had to figure out Norse mythology "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 8/11/2011

    " A charming story of what happens when the gods of Wallhala end up on earth because nobody believes in them any more. Very amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 5/7/2011

    " Although it was 20+ years ago, and I liked it enough to keep a copy, I remember being mostly non-plussed by this sequel. Even reading the back cover summary now, I really can't remember that much about it. Maybe worth a re-read if I give the first one another go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timo&Kaisa | 4/25/2011

    " Kun muistaa, mihin Adams parhaimmillaan kykeni, oli tämä pieni pettymys, varsinkin kun odotti täydellisyyttä. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 4/14/2011

    " Though nothing quite matches the brilliance and enjoyment of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I recommend highly this book. As always Douglas Adams delivers a unique, quirky tale that had me laughing out loud at some moments and smiling to myself at its cleverness at others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 4/11/2011

    " Just great. If you enjoyed the Hitchhiker's series you'll enjoy these too. Great British humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 3/30/2011

    " I really liked it, but I didn't understand the end. It may be that I was skimming parts that I shouldn't have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 3/27/2011

    " The humor is just so random and from out of nowhere, it's great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/12/2011

    " Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective and Norse Gods "

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Author Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (1952–2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker’s trilogy, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was later adapted as a feature film. Best known for his imaginative and comedy-rich science fiction series which sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, Adams also wrote extensively for television, stage, print media, and computer games, as well as working in acting and radio comedy.