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The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit.
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With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit.

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

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    MaryAnne Williamsburg, VA, United States 01-16-15
    MaryAnne Williamsburg, VA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not really what I expected."

    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.

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    Diane Woodland, CA, United States 09-29-12
    Diane Woodland, CA, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "disturbing premise and in bad taste"
    What would have made The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs better?

    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.


    Has The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Hecht?

    not the problem


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder what happened to Mr. Mc Call Smith that he stooped to such writing in bad taste

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    Lyndon United States 09-20-12
    Lyndon United States 09-20-12

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    "Very funny"
    What made the experience of listening to The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs the most enjoyable?

    Everything!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

    Just the story and anything by this author.


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    Perfect


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very sophisticated humor!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best writers today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 06-25-12
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011

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

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    "Alexander mcall smith has a great imagination"
    Where does The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5. I listen to #1 ladies detective and thought I would try it. It's hilarious


    What other book might you compare The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs to and why?

    It is a farce. Very funny. For someone with so many doctorates Her is not very smart


    Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't heard any others but this was great.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and why?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to try all the Alexander McCall smith's series do far they are thoroughly enjoyable

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    kathaleen 06-07-12
    kathaleen 06-07-12 Member Since 2011

    book lover

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    "wierd non-dog story"
    What disappointed you about The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

    I loved his other books, this was sorry


    Has The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    the whole story line was just wrong


    How could the performance have been better?

    not to have been written in the first place


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    a waste of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Rodman Adams Middle Island, NY United States 06-04-12
    Nancy Rodman Adams Middle Island, NY United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There wasn't enough of a story line to keep my interest. And it wasn't very believable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexander McCall Smith again?

    I've listened to other books by this author and enjoyed them, so I would try one of his books again.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Hecht?

    There was nothing wrong with the narrator just the story line.


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    Andrew Kinburn, ON, Canada 05-15-12
    Andrew Kinburn, ON, Canada 05-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Most peculiar"

    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.

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    Angela Spring Valley, CA, United States 05-14-12
    Angela Spring Valley, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Unusually decent"
    If you could sum up The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs in three words, what would they be?

    Proper, straight, amusing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

    When the main character was mistaken for a vet


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end was nifty


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. I was unexpectantly amused


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    Heidi Washington, DC, United States 01-16-12
    Heidi Washington, DC, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story and great reader"
    What did you love best about The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

    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.


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    De Fluker Macon, GA 09-25-10
    De Fluker Macon, GA 09-25-10 Member Since 2014

    Mama De

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    "Struck my funny bone!"

    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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