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Summary

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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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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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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  • 28-12-19

...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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Sorry and production excellent. Distorted sound makes me want to shoot off!

As with all things Douglas Adams, an excellent tale. Dirk Maggs doesn’t disappoint as the production of this adaptation is first class. But the distortion of the recording ruined it for me. Tried returning the title for this reason, but it’s not permitted due to licensing restrictions, or something like that.

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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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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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Conned

I bought this because it said that it was two stories, it isn’t so scroll past this and buy the one titled “The long dark teatime of the soul” instead if you want to hear that story.

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Great cast

amazingly amazing.. 5 stars , very well put together of the BBC radio version of the book..

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hugely entertaining

excellently dramatised with awesome sound effects. love it and will be looking for another

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bad audio quality, quality show.

not great audio quality, don't listen with ear phones. Good preformed and great cast, so it's a real shame.

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  • AliceInWonderland
  • 11-02-21

this is NOT the actual books.

Very disappointing. although the title seemed odd, the description led me to believe this was both books however it's some radio show adaptation.

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  • 20-12-19

Brilliantly Executed!

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

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  • Tony Arduini
  • 29-06-20

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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  • 10-06-20

Several Liberties Taken

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

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  • Juliet DeMarco
  • 12-09-20

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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  • One Bug
  • 27-08-20

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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  • Nathaniel Taylor
  • 12-09-21

very entertaining production

Really catches the spirit of Douglas Adams. Voice talent are a lot of fun all the way around.

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  • Sandra
  • 11-09-20

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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  • David Blake
  • 05-12-21

Something went seriously wrong making this book

Don't get me wrong, this is a great story, and a good adaption of the original paperback. Douglas Adams himself wrote that different media (TV, Movies, paperbacks and radio) all had different strengths and weaknesses and stories needed to change to adapt to them. The cast was excellent and gave great performances.

Unfortunately this was all let down and became difficult to listen to with the audio mixing - long periods of sound effects, background noises making the characters hard to hear, and full credits and intro music repeating at the start and end of every chapter disrupted the story telling rather than adding to it.

Compressing two books into this short period of time also meant a lot of the world-building had to be left out. I don't know if I would have understood the story at all if not for having read them previously.

For me at least the end was a very disjointed listen which left me feeling disappointed with the end product.

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  • Sal9k
  • 09-10-21

Ruined a much loved story!

Gently and MacDuff were at university together, but the actor playing Dirk sounds old enough to be Richard's dad, at least! Several unnecessary changes to the story that didn't add to it in any way, the actress playing Miss Pearce should have sounded younger and her expanded role in the story was just annoying.