Unusual Uses for Olive Oil : Portuguese Irregular Verbs

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Paul Hecht
  • Series: Portuguese Irregular Verbs
  • 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, author of the highly regarded Portuguese Irregular Verbs (200 LTD copies sold!) and a pillar of the Institute of Romance Philology in the proud Bavarian city of Regensburg, finds that life is very difficult these days. His academic rival (and owner of a one-legged dachsund) Detlev-Amadeus Unterholzer has been winning undeserved recognition. With help from the matchmaking Ophelia Prinzel, he stumbles toward a romance with Frau Benz, a charming widow who owns her very own Schloss and a fleet of handsome cars.
While on the annual student study retreat in the Alps, von Igelfeld fearlessly plunges 3,000 feet into mountaineering history, only to suffer the ignominy of giving inspirational lectures about the experience. And at a dinner party, he is the only kind soul who can aid the aforementioned unfortunate dachshund, whose sticky wheels are in need of lubrication.

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The Professor!

This is the first time I have read this series about Professor Dr. Monitz-Maria Von Igelfeld and his dachshund. The title got my attention and of course it is written by Alexander McCall Smith, but I think I prefer the other two series I routinely listen to by Smith.
In this story Professor Van Igelfeld discovers Detlev-Amadeus Untenholzer is on a short list to win an award. Of course Igelfeld think the committee mistook Untenholzer for himself and sets off to see if he can get that corrected. He lives in a Bavarian city of Regensburg and some of the story talks place at a resort in the Alps on a student retreat with lectures by Igelfeld. I will not give away what applies to the olive oil as it is unexpected. The story has some humor and per usual for a Smith book an ethical question or delemma. It is short and worth the read for a break from the usual stories. Paul Hecht did a good job narrating the story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Oh von iglefeld you've done it again

What did you like about this audiobook?

wel I am sure the print version was very nice, and it is a book about a very important author so you must go to the library and check out the hard copy. I am positive though that my review would be much better if read by paul hecht.


How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Of course the sausage dog played a key roll. But poor Von Iglefeld he still does not know what he did to offend Frau Benz


Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Well von iglefeld has a distinct personality and of course we like him better than Underholtzen and who wouldn't. However I could hang with the librarians Aunt who sounds like a hoot.


What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

the narrator brings these characters to life in a very funny way. These are really very ordinary people who act extraordinary. doctoral candidates are like high school without the angst.


Do you have any additional comments?

I left the review and came back and different questions were there so my answers may seem odd but if you were an expert in romance philology you would understand.

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- carmen "Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-26-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books