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Douglas Adams
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Oct. 30 1987

There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently`s bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

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Now, New Millennium Audio presents all the works of Douglas Adams on audiobook. The science-fiction trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and its four companions, all available, as well as The Salmon of Doubt. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhikers 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs TV with radio this good! Oct. 25 2013
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From the same producers as the final 3 Hitchhiker's audio adaptations, this is a full spectrum audio production. Close your eyes and you are there. I've listened to this a few times. I like to take it camping and listen on earphones as I wind down in the evening. It's TV without the bright lights - it's a movie in your head where the FX's will always be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Quirky Sept. 22 2013
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You just have to laugh at the oddity that is Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Truly lovable characters and a quirky plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Gently -- excellent May 16 2013
By Lynn
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I bought this book to replace one I loaned out several years ago -- it was never returned. Love Douglas Adams and this series; so happy to reread it and realize it's as good or better than I remember.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Classic Douglas Adams Feb. 11 2013
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If you are a fan of Hitch Hikers Guide of the Galaxy because of its bizarre twist on Sci-fi this may not be for you. If you love H2G2 because of Adams’s writing style then this book will not disappoint as it is written in the same brilliantly rollicking hilarious manner and is a true joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All books by Douglas Adams, actually Oct. 28 2012
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He is a brilliant writer, great thinker and a good person. This book is neither better nor worse than his famous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it's different, and splendid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Douglas Adams Oct. 4 2009
Terrific writing, as only Douglas Adams can produce. This book seems to make quite a bit more sense than its sequel (The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul) at first reading, and I would consider it to be slightly more "polished" in style. A fairly quick read, but also enriched with trademark DA wit, and social/theological commentary.

Well worth reading, if only for the bit about the horse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty titles were never my strong point July 15 2004
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First of all I would like to say that I'm not the sort of person who needs everything to make sense to enjoy something (I'm a Doctor Who fan for Christs sake!) so that is something that helps me love this book.
Mr Adams was (and boy do I hate saying was) a master craftsman. He could be intelligent, witty and plain wierd at the same time and still have room for a bit of sentimentality.
I'm pretty confident that if you're reading this then you have enjoyed another of Mr Adams works. In which case I'm sure that you will delight in reading this as it is in the same style as many of his other books. It is fair to compare it to the Hitchhiker series as it is done in much the same vain. In my opinion it is as good as the aforementioned. Yes so the ending doesn't totally fit everyones perspective of great, but it suits me. It's full of lots of ideas that didn't neccessarily works out, but for me that is just as great; trying to work out what Mr Adams had as alternate plots. Even though the title charactor doesn't turn up till a good half way in, his soon to be friend, Richard Macduff does a good enough job of entertaining us. One to one, I strongly reccomend this to any other Adams fan, and for that matter any other fan of literature. It is truely great, as is its sequal.
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If you got P.G. Wodehouse to write a Dr. Who script you might come up with something like this. Why not? Apparently as well as script editing for series 17 (featuring, for example, 'City of Death' where John Cleese is an art dealer), Adams wrote a couple of episodes ('The Pirate Planet', and the unfinished 'Shada' which featured none other than Prof. 'Reg' Chronitis and his TARDIS style study). Sorry, enough trainspotting (thanks G & J).
The Dr. Who thing only hit me late in the book, but that's partly because 'Dirk Gently' only pops up about half way through, and he's most enjoyably reminiscent of Tom Baker in his distracted purposefulness. I suppose there's something of Ford Prefect there too, and other elements of Hitch Hikers - yet another confused alien species looking to earth as an Eden and changing the deep past and whole evolution of humanity. And I suppose Richard could be played by whoever was DentArthurDent in the TV show.
But, hey, this isn't having a go at the book, which is sheer pleasure to read. It's not at all a cheap carbon of earlier Adams, there's just some lovely echoes. The guy just writes so wonderfully - like Wodehouse - and the dialogue is full of good (frightfully British) humour and character. Moreover the comic observations on the everyday are clever and flawlessly executed. The setting is surprisingly coherent when you get down to it (I *love* the way he casually resolves the sofa paradox that's been running through the whole book) - there's really nothing I can think of to complain about with it. I'm used to books lifting me up and then disappointing, but this manages to ebulliently float you along from start to finish.
I'm so glad I decided to start rereading books.
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