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The complete BBC Radio collection bringing together two full-cast dramatisations of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently novels.

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Dirk Gently has an unshakable 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.

In The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul 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.

Starring Harry Enfield as Dirk Gently along with Billy Boyd, Olivia Coleman, Andrew Sachs and Jim Carter. Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Jan Ravens (Dead Ringers), Philip Jackson (Poirot), John Fortune (Bremner, Bird & Fortune), Morwenna Banks (Absolutely) and Stephen Moore (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

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©2019 Douglas Adams (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

What listeners say about Dirk Gently: Two BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramas

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  • Zachary
  • 17-09-2020

Instant regret over this purchase

I dunno wtf is wrong with people, why they can't just pay someone to read this book from start to finish instead of abridging it or turning it into a radio show or a g*dd*mn musical. I'm salty because I finally let my yearning for that wonderful book override my reservations over this terrible idea of a product and buy it. It's just as bad as I feared; it's the difference between watching your favorite TV show and hearing someone describe it over a bad phone connection. The main problem is narration - there isn't any, because that might have made this bearable; instead, you're either left guessing what the hell is going on, or characters will awkwardly describe things in dialog. I dunno why anyone thought this was a good idea, and I dunno why I let myself buy it when I KNEW it was a crap idea from the sample. Don't just avoid this one; contact Audible and demand the ORIGINAL text with no bloody "adaptations" or "abridging" or any other yogurt-brained attempts to improve on what was already a masterwork of fiction. *expletive*! The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul gets a regular audiobook, so why not this one, guys? Why not this one? Eat it, whoever's responsible *violently rude gesture*

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  • Lani
  • 20-12-2019

Brilliantly Executed!

Pleasantly surprised by narrative, folded into the dialogue. Most entertaining arrangement. Adams would have approved!

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  • Juliet DeMarco
  • 12-09-2020

Delightful.

Absolutely fun from start to finish, everyone is great, as are both stories, but The Long Dark Teatime really shines.

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  • Tony Arduini
  • 29-06-2020

Loved it

Good for listening in the car. Got hooked and finished on the couch. Ran out of drive time. Couldn’t wait to finish. Well played👏

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  • Sandra
  • 11-09-2020

Dr Who in Theater of the Mind

This was a little too chaotic for my taste. I am usually looking to relax.

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  • Spacey
  • 10-06-2020

Several Liberties Taken

Mostly enjoyable. Fans will recognize the unnecessary changes and added relationships/plot elements in LDTotS, though.

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  • One Bug
  • 27-08-2020

Too many liberties?

Didn’t enjoy as much as expected (knowing the stories well). A bit disappointed... almost like the tone was a bit off from the original, a bit forced rather than as witty?

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  • mrs andrea downer
  • 24-02-2020

A delightful story marred by bad digital audio

The story is great, the cast do a superb job of bringing all sorts of life to the strange characters and situations you expect from Douglas Adams. However, the whole thing is made difficult to listen to because of bad digital artifacts in the audio compression. This title really needs to be remastered.

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  • Che
  • 07-05-2020

Very poor audio quality. (potato)

What a shame. Audible have ruined this great dramatisation with some of the worst sound quality I've ever heard. So disappointed. Will try to refund and buy the orginal CD. Burn a copy and send it to Audible. 😉

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  • Dr
  • 28-12-2019

...it's the Bogs Dollocks!

Adams himself would have loved this dramatisation. Great cameo references to H2G2, as a special appearance of Marvin. If in doubt, buy this, buy it now, love it like a child...

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  • Benobeone
  • 02-06-2020

Excellent Radio play.

Great radio play lovingly produced and a true homage to the original Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy Radio show. If you are a purist and find any deviation from the text to be an affront then its probably not for you but I loved it and found the updates harmonic. Great performances, fun wacky story, good, clean fun. my only bugbear is I wish you had the option to play it through as one program rather then with credits every hour or so but then this is easily skipped through and where else can you hear an Oscar winning actress playing a vending machine.

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  • Calogero S Farruggio
  • 02-11-2020

Typically Douglas Adams

Another great book that had me chuckling to myself insanely during my early morning walks

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  • Sarah Fitz
  • 19-10-2020

Very poor audio quality

I can’t recommend this. The audio compression makes it sound like listening underwater. Detracts from the story.

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  • Marc
  • 08-09-2020

harry Enfield is a disaster as quirky Dirk, bad

Dirk is quirky and mystical, Harry only knows one output, dopey! shame shame the leading role needed someone mystical. the guy that did the tv versioning dark curly hair, he was quirky and whimsical. poor casting

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  • P. Bowler
  • 03-09-2020

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! how do you download the book? thwjty ywryj wryjwe ym ym rymrt ymsrr um

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  • Kathleen Moody
  • 19-08-2020

Great but....

the audio book itself was really good, the only thing that ruined it slightly for me was the 'credits' being read out after every chapter as it disrupted the flow. Other than that everything was great

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  • S. cassidy
  • 30-07-2020

Great cast and brought back fond memories

Good to listen to plays not quite same feel as the books. always strange to hear voices for characters from books.

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