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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,771 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainments Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781440795534
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From the New York Times bestselling creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and winner of the inaugural Saga Award for Wit, comes the first novel starring distinguished philologist Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld. Von Igelfeld is the world’s leading scholar on Portuguese irregular verbs. But in other matters—such as tennis against equally dreadful opponents and the arranging of fencing duels—he is not nearly so skilled. Yet that does not stop him from having a go at life, and the results are always humorous. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the halls of academe, a setting fraught with ego-driven battles for power and prestige [Alexander McCall Smith] has rendered yet another one-of-a-kind character: the bumbling but brilliant Dr. Mortiz-Maria von Igelfeld…[a] deftly rendered trilogy [with] endearingly eccentric characters.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Paul Hecht's deep baritone gives the necessary pseudo-scholarly tone to academicians measuring out their lives in Dravidian verb shifts, Urdu subjunctives, and Early Irish obscenities.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Riccio | 2/19/2014

    " Hard to decide how I feel about this one. The quirky character makes me feel good inside but I didn't laugh much and the plot is nonexistent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelli | 2/17/2014

    " An unusual book...a little disconnected but funny in an offbeat sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/14/2014

    " This book was fantastic. If you can listen to it on audio I recommend that. It is a very funny story and the tone condescending way in which the narrator reads the book makes it all the better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen-Marie Freeman | 2/8/2014

    " As much as I love his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I could not get into this one. I started to listen to it on CD, but didn't end up finishing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 1/31/2014

    " I decided to find out what this series titled book was like after enjoying Isabel Dalhousie and Mma Ramotswe and friends in those two series and another one as well. He is prolific and inventive, one of the best writers I've read. Portuguese Irregular Verbs is about a character type I have no experience with. I was challenged in following the action, especially where cultural elements determined responses, leaving me mystified. I thought it was funny but in a making fun of stubborn stupidity and meaninglessness kind of way. So I stopped reading it, in favor of a more positive celebration of intelligence. I think it was Alan Lightman's book about God creating the Universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 1/28/2014

    " Listened to, and much enjoyed, the audiobook in March 2009; got the print version from the library January 2013. It is rather hard to convince people that a slow-paced book about German academics could be so funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abbi | 1/22/2014

    " couldn't finish this book. Probably just wasn't in the right mood, but it was touted as humorous, but it just came off ponderous and odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorri | 1/15/2014

    " This is a different story, but there are a few side-splitting scenes that make it a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emese | 1/13/2014

    " Just terrific. Those in academia will especially enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/20/2013

    " Fun to read a new character (for me) by McCall Smith. A short, quick read that was just easy and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shedim | 12/18/2013

    " The dry wit occasioned a laugh, but this drawn out Monty Python sketch ceases to be amusing more often than it resuscitates. Also featuring one of the worst endings to a book, a star killing one at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/5/2013

    " Quirky and farcical tale of a rather ridiculous German professor, who is so very proud of his obscure literary masterwork. I expect this to grow on me as McCall's other series have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/22/2013

    " This book is about a German Philologist who is very full of himself. It is amusing but not laugh-out-loud hilarious. I enjoyed as a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/17/2013

    " Very light, very silly, and very funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 11/14/2013

    " Was a book my father really enjoyed. He probably had more in common with the characters but I still found them hilarious. Was the first book I ever "read" as an audio book. Recommend it in that capacity as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 10/28/2013

    " Could the adventures of an extremely self centered linguistics professor make an interesting story? Apparently not. I found some funny moments but I don't know how many other people would laugh. If you don't willing rent obscure British made movies don't read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/4/2012

    " This was a quick read and terribly funny, though if I knew a little more about Germany I think I'd like even better. The professors' mishaps are all too familiar. My favorite part of the book is getting to tell people that I read "Portuguese Irregular Verbs." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 10/31/2012

    " This was a fun, offbeat book. Very different. I didn't listen to it like Sally did, and it sounds like that would have made it much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/16/2012

    " I'm sorry but maybe this was supposed to be sympathetic but it seemed insulting to both Germans and Columbians- stereotyping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/12/2012

    " I read this for a book club. It's hilarious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/8/2012

    " A short funny little read! I like McCall Smith, but this book wasn't anything particularly special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kristen | 7/15/2012

    " Quick, funny read. Reminds me of British humor. I definitely will look to read more by Alexander McCall Smith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/17/2012

    " This book is quite humorous. The author is quite adept at subtle commentary through the portrayal of his characters. I wasn't very excited to begin this book but was enjoying it by the end of the first chapter. I've since read the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 4/13/2012

    " Fun, light read (or listen). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mylynka | 11/6/2011

    " a hilarious look inside the Ivory Tower. A must-read for graduate students, especially those in the liberal arts... and especially if you have professors of Germanic extraction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 10/28/2011

    " Funny, funny, funny. This book makes me want to meet the author. It's about some linguistics professors and the ridiculous situations they get themselves into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 9/23/2011

    " First in the series about an eccentric professor of Romance Philology. Silly and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 7/2/2011

    " Really funny characters. Barnes & Noble has it in the mystery section though so I was disappointed it wasn't a mystery. Funny and quirky book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/24/2011

    " I give this book such a high rating because it was hilarious. We listened to it in the car. The reader did a wonderful job. His German accent made it even more funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 6/23/2011

    " Hilarious! We listened to this on the road to Utah this Easter. The narrator was very good too. So funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 6/15/2011

    " A funny little story about an eccentric professor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleman | 6/6/2011

    " Enjoyable book about a really nerdy guy that thinks he's great. Reminds me of "The Big Bang Theory" about linguists instead of physisists.

    Very clever writing - which is important to me. Although the plot was pretty slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/19/2011

    " This was another light, easy book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the author's other books. There were funny moments, but I don't think I'll read the subsequent ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 5/11/2011

    " Sort of a modern Pickwick Papers. It had a few good moments. Not up to the standard of McCall Smith's other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 4/21/2011

    " A weird and an uncomfortably funny book. Nothing like No. 1 Ladies detective agency books. I started to read the second in the series but the main character drove me nuts I couldn't get past the 30 page mark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Froggy | 3/27/2011

    " A very funny and silly story. A nice quick read. Don't know if I'm hooked enough to read the two sequels, though my curiosity might win me over. We'll see. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kay | 3/17/2011

    " Tried to read this book and just couldn't finish it. Maybe others have the same problem as the series hasn't continued like the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2011

    " #1 in the series. Loved it! Short, can be read in a few hours and will having you smiling by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2011

    " Very cute. He does great characterizations and this stiff and proper German professor is spot on. "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.