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Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainments Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781470338121
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The best-selling author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith continues to delight audiences with the hilarious adventure Unusual Uses for Olive Oil. When colleagues take issue with von Igelfeld's bachelor status, his friend Ophelia Prinzel endeavors to find him a good woman. Soon, the professor is on the path to romance with the charming widow Frau Benz - and it seems his true worth may finally be recognized. Download and start listening now!


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.”


  • “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.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, and more. He has also written stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. In 2004 he was named the British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. 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.