Copyright ©1988 by Douglas Adams
I'd forgotten how good Douglas Adams was until I listened to this, the second book featuring Dirk Gently and his Holistic Detective Agency. It's narrated by Douglas Adams, which means that all the subtlety and nuances are exactly how the author intended. The story itself is darkly funny and utterly surreal, and has some of the best comic lines I have heard in a long time. I don't want to give plot details away, but Dirk is a somewhat unusual private detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things, and who practices an unusual form of navigation whereby he follows someone who looks like they know where they are going. Gods are involved, and so is crisp, freshly laundered linen. And an eagle.
I have long been a great fan of Douglas Adams. His style and sense of comedy being fantastically different to any other authors works that I have read.
The stories or Dirk Gently take a little detour from the better known stories from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
I have read the books and heard the radio plays etc... So when I had the chance to download and listen to the unabridged book read by the Author I leapt at it...
My first impression was that I had downloaded the story using the wrong quality... Then I realised that the mistake was not mine, but that the recording itself sounded like it had been recorded from a cassette playing over some earphones into a microphone and extra emphasis placed on the sssssssss's and the recording made to sound as thin and ethereal as possible.
I have other Audiobooks read by Adams and have been very pleased by the sound of the Authors voice bringing the story to life. Giving meaning to passages that other narators would miss, or fail to understand to the same extent.
Adams was a genius and his stories are testament to that. The quality of this recording does not do justice to the Author though. I think that the original recording would have sounded far better since Adams himself was an Audiophile and would not have allowed a poor recording to go out with his name on it.
In short, it sounds thin, reedy and excessively sibilant.
Great story, Well read, Poorly recorded.
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