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Publisher's Summary

With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit. Invited to lecture in America, von Igelfeld envisions a visit to California or New York. Instead, he finds himself at the University of Arkansas. Still, in von Igelfeld's view, one American state is very like another. An expert philologist, von Igelfeld prepares to deliver a talk on verbs, until he makes a grim discovery: he has been mistaken for a German master of veterinary science who has recently passed away. One man at the reception is quick to point this out. But von Igelfeld explains that since Germans are so efficient, they sometimes publish obituaries before a person's demise. Before long, he takes the podium and faces an attentive crowd expecting to hear some fine points on the nature of sausage dogs.
©2003 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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2 out of 5 stars
By Deanna on 08-12-12

So disappointing.

Any additional comments? unbelievable turn of events in the storyline had me quickly stopping the CD. And I did not continue to listen. If you've heard or read this, you know the part to which I refer. Perhaps the author redeemed himself by later making this event part of a dream sequence, but I don't really care. If you care for dogs, you will not want to read this book. Rather surprising from a somewhat gentle soul of an author.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 06-26-12

I couldn't finish the book...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I loved all the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and I love animals. I concluded that Alexander McCall Smith would brighten my day with this book. I could not bring myself to finish it. The cruel treatment of the dog, removing it's legs, was beyond my sensibilities. He lost me during surgery and I will warn anyone else who wants to read it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Merl's Door by Ted Kerasote. I was not disappointed. I learned a lot, and enjoyed the story.

What three words best describe Paul Hecht’s voice?

Accent was appropriate.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

Maybe Paul Hecht deserves better than a 3, but I was thoroughly disgusted with the book, and everything about it.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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