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Harry Enfield and Billy Boyd star in a brand new, full-cast dramatisation of Douglas Adams' first Dirk Gently book, directed by the award-winning Dirk Maggs.

Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

Harry Enfield stars as Douglas Adams' much-loved psychic sleuth, with Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings), Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers), Jim Carter (The Golden Compass), and Olivia Colman (Peepshow).

©1987 Douglas Adams (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Hilary
  • 2011-05-13

Excellent dramatisation but wish for unabridged

I have now learned that I do not like dramatisations as, like another reviewer, I found all the background music and sound effects very distracting. But, having said that, I thought that as a dramatisation this production was excellent, the casting first class and the story great fun. It deserves its five stars.
Please audible could we have the whole "Hitch Hikers" and "Dirk Gently" read unabridged one day? This is a classic now from Douglas Adams, who set a whole new standard and style. and sadly we have so little of his work.

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  • Bradley
  • 2007-11-29

Amazingly Absurd

Top notch audio presentation, takes about 5 minutes to get rolling but once it goes it really moves. A three and a half hour presentation that sadly feels like a half hour due to the brisk pacing. Filled with great characters and they are voiced terrifically. The music fades in and out at all the right times and the sound effects overall are of the highest quality.

The story seems to duck and dodge common sense like a feather weight champion, never letting anything slow it down. If you have read or listened to any of the hitchhiker series you owe yourself this last treat of Douglas Adams delight. The only downside to this is you really start to wonder what other great unique works Douglas Adams could have written and produced if he hadn't left this world all to early.

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  • Thomas
  • 2009-05-29

First rate

This is a wonderful rendering of Douglas Adams' novel. I'm listening to it in Enhanced Format, so the sound quality is quite good. The acting is first rate, as I've come to expect from BBC productions. I'm the proud owner of many Douglas Adams audio plays, including all the Hitchhiker's Guide radio plays, including Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential. I never get tired of them, thanks to the quality of the productions (and Douglas Adams' great work). This was evidently done with loving care, directed by the talented Dirk Maggs, the same guy who did the most recent incarnations of Hitchhiker. The comedic timing, the music, the voice characterizations are all spot on. Billy Boyd (Pippin from Lord of the Rings) and Andrew Sachs (Manuel from Fawlty Towers) are perfect. Olivia Coleman as Janice Pearce is brilliant. And Harry Enfield in the title role really nails it. If you're a Douglas Adams fan, you will love this. I also purchased the other Dirk Gently audio play, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. Another must-have. Thanks, Audible, for the Enhanced Format, by the way. I've re-downloaded many purchases I've made over the years in this format, free of charge. For the sake of balance, I wish I could come up with one negative comment to make. I just can't think of one. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-23

Disappointed, sadly

I got this book highly recommended for its quirky humor, and I love hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. But this short radio play form does not do this one justice i feel. I found myself distracted, and straining to listen through the very dominant ambient sound.

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  • matt
  • 2017-03-17

lack of narration hurts it

it can be hard to understand at times due to no narration and must rely on sound effects.
the beginning especially is difficult to follow without context.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 2009-02-11

Excellent!

I received the unabridged Douglas Adams narrated adaptation of this novel some years back and, while I thoroughly enjoyed the book I took issue with Adams' narration. Much of the humor was lost due to his general lack of expression. This BBC version, released folloing his death, is excellently done. Billy Boyd's portrayal of Richard MacDuff was just about what I would have imagined. Harry Enfield is excellent as Dirk, but I particularly liked the urgent yet sinister portrayal of Michael Wenton-Weakes and the ghost. And of course we mustn't forget Toby Longworth as the earnest and utterly whacky electric monk. In short I've rarely laughed as much or as hard as I did while listening to this.

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  • Chris
  • 2015-01-28

Interesting interpretation

I am a Douglas Adams fan, and enjoy it when his work is brought back to life. Listening to Billy Boyd play Richard is a wonderful bonus.

My hope is that someday there will also be an unabridged version of the original book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2010-08-27

Learned I Don't Like Dramatized Versions

I read this book many years ago and thought my son and I would listen to it on one of our long drives over the summer. I sadly discovered that the dramatized version was not entirely true to the storyline I recall from the book. I have to say I enjoyed reading this book much more than listening to this version.

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  • Roan
  • 2013-05-16

Great Book, don't get the dramatized version

This dramatized version wasn't bad, just not that good. There was an excessive use of sound effects and this book needs more than just dialogue to follow the story.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2015-01-10

person one: I WAS ONLY AMUSING MYSELF.

person two: IT'S GOOD YOU HAVE SUCH AN UNDEMANDING AUDIENCE.
When I was young I thought I had to read Douglas Adams, since he was so popular. I read every single book in the Hitch Hiker's series. To be honest, I never became a fan. I have found that when books are written with the sole purpose of being funny, that they are usually not funny. I love a book with funny parts in it, when you don't know they are coming and they are part of the story, but when every line is expected to get a laugh, I get bored.

I like dramatized books and thought I would give this a try, but even in this form I did not become a fan.

YOU MUST TELL ME THIS AGAIN, WHEN I'M INTERESTED

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