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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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 2011 ISBN: 9781470338121
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Life is so unfair, and it sends many things to try Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, author of Portuguese Irregular Verbs and pillar of the Institute of Romance Philology in the proud Bavarian city of Regensburg.

There is the undeserved rise of his rival (and owner of a one-legged dachshund), Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer; the interminable ramblings of the librarian, Herr Huber; and the condescension of his colleagues with regard to his unmarried state. But when his friend Ophelia Prinzel takes it upon herself to match-make, and duly produces a cheerful heiress with her own Schloss, it appears that the professor’s true worth is about to be recognized.

Maddening, idiotic and hugely entertaining, von Igelfeld is an inspired comic creation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The von Igelfeld stories don’t so much delve into philosophy as fling their main character into mayhem. He’s a literary Mr. Magoo, emerging unscathed from Colombian coups, insulting pontiffs, and tennis duels…As delightfully silly as the main character is pompous.”

    Washington Post

  • “Smith gently pokes fun at academia and its professoriate with this slapstick-y, deadpan-lite fourth installment…Von Igelfeld’s foibles are many and his misfortunes ridiculous—trying to help at a dinner party leads to a messy encounter with olive oil and a lame dachshund—yet Smith makes him dignified and subtle, a cleverly scripted sympathetic hero.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McCall Smith has created a clever, believable, and very funny world…Narrator Paul Hecht depicts each character to perfection—with the haughty, sometimes unreasonable, but also kind von Igelfeld being the standout…As the daily sniping of the academics comes to an end, listeners will realize they’ve been privy to an insular but highly entertaining world.”

    AudioFile

  • “McCall Smith has the same gift that John Mortimer has in making boring conversations hilarious—the atmosphere in the Institute of Romance Philology’s coffee room is very like the one-upmanship and backbiting in Horace Rumpole’s chambers. Academia can be a hoot, and this series proves it.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
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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.