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
While this was at times entertaining, and somewhat funny, it was not really to my liking. It was more a series of short stories than a cohesive novel. I find the narration a bit slow, and a bit of a drone. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
Having a better grasp of how vet and teaching hospitals work. Mr. McCall Smith has always seemed to have a good understanding about his subject even if he does use artistic license. This book lost me totally in his treatment of both the veterinarian world and the dogs.
Not at all.
not the problem
I was trying to stay with the author until he surgically removed 2 legs of a dog. I could not listen any further. The whole ludicrous idea that a person could lecture to convention of vets and not know a thing and get away with pushed my credulity. But to be allowed to do surgery with disastrous and a cruel outcome was the end of my listening. I am not a squeamish person but Mr. Mc Call Smith's treatment was insulting to me as a reader and to animal vets in general. I know that some vets can get carried away by their own importance and lose sight of the animals and the humans that own them but this is not the way to address the issue.
I will admit that I did not listen to hear the end of the book but felt I had wasted enough of my time on it already.
I wonder what happened to Mr. Mc Call Smith that he stooped to such writing in bad taste
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Just the story and anything by this author.
Very sophisticated humor!
One of the best writers today!
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Top 5. I listen to #1 ladies detective and thought I would try it. It's hilarious
It is a farce. Very funny. For someone with so many doctorates Her is not very smart
No I haven't heard any others but this was great.
The most memorable character of course was the sausage dog. Hilarious that Von Igelveld was mistaken for a specialist in sausage dogs considering his feelings for them. Did I mention it was hilarious
I am going to try all the Alexander McCall smith's series do far they are thoroughly enjoyable
I loved his other books, this was sorry
the whole story line was just wrong
not to have been written in the first place
a waste of time and money.
There wasn't enough of a story line to keep my interest. And it wasn't very believable.
I've listened to other books by this author and enjoyed them, so I would try one of his books again.
There was nothing wrong with the narrator just the story line.
This book is a farce-novel: Normal situations that quickly evolve in a farce. If you enjoy this type of humor, then it's a great listen. Narrator was good, not great but nothing disturbing.
Proper, straight, amusing
When the main character was mistaken for a vet
The end was nifty
Not really. I was unexpectantly amused
I loved this story by Alexander McCall Smith. The main character is hilarious -- so pompous and full of himself, but he gets taken down a peg every now and then. All the other characters are great, too. The story is inventive, has a degree of complexity, holds your attention, and is amusing.
Paul Hecht was PERFECT as a reader! He did all the voices cleverly, he read clearly and caught the mood of the book completely. I enjoyed his reading of all three books in this series. I'm just sorry the series is complete. I think it's McCall Smith at his very best.
Oh my! First, Paul Hecht is marvelous and fully understands the foibles of these delightful characters. Alexander McCall Smith has obviously drawn on his life-experience and has created fully illustrated individuals so outrageous and hilarious... one is drawn to listen to their finer points over and over. I have listened to this book many times. I have recommended it to many people and have been amazed at the few who just didn't "get it." If you "get it" you'll love it! Highly recommend it and hope for many more sequels!
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