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Publisher's Summary

Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie. Von Igelfeld inhabits the rarefied world of the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, a world he shares with his equally tall and equally ridiculous colleagues, Professors Florianus Prinzel and Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Their unlikely adventures are described in three deliciously funny instalments: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances.
©2003 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cidem on 02-23-11

Listen again and again

I don't know if there is category called best re-listenable, if there is then this is No.1. This is a lovely book and Hugh Laurie does a superb job; fills each character with a unique personality and reads with such dry wit. I truely love this audiobook.

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By Maybelle on 01-01-11

Hugh Laurie is a joy to listen to

An eccentric comic novel which gently parodies the academic life. Hugh Laurie's reading is a joy, he manages 6 or 7 different German character's voices, a number of Italians, and Irish, among others, both male and female, and gives each character their distinctive voice, accent and mannerisms, preserving this during dialogue. He knows exactly the right tone of voice to adopt to bring out the humour in the book. I'm looking forward to listening to him read the other books in this trilogy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sylvia on 06-24-09

I loved it!

I thought it was a delightful story, engagingly read by Hugh Laurie. The humour was gentle but pointed at the rarefied world of the academy. Very reminiscent of PG Wodehouse.

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By Platykat on 10-20-17

Laughed aloud!

Hugh Laurie is the perfect narrator for this book, therefore, I am pleased that I listened rather than read as he is much funnier than my inner voice!

From the start of Von Eagleveldt's adventures I was immediately captivated. His two friends (plus one wife of same) only add to the madness.

I am now going to buy the next three books in this series. Mr Smith has a ready buyer for his next Von adventure/s.

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