I don't know if there is category called best re-listenable, if there is then this is No.1. This is a lovely book and Hugh Laurie does a superb job; f..Show More »ills each character with a unique personality and reads with such dry wit. I truely love this audiobook.
"Portuguese Irregular Verbs" was refreshing and delightfully funny. The main characters--as some have noted--are not very "loveable&qu..Show More »ot; at the outset, but then, they're not supposed to be! They are stuffy German intellectuals, and Smith does a remarkable job of charicaturizing these friends without resorting to flat or ugly stereotypes. Long before I finished the book I'd discovered that they each had a good number of redeemable qualities. Additional nationalities' charicatures are provided, from the dramatically friendly and chaotic Irishman and the tragically serious Indian to the single-minded Italian. I laughed outloud every few paragraphs . . . the stodgy and absent-minded, socially inept academics filled me with a desire for a long visit with some of my European friends. The narration is fantastic--probably half the reason the delightfulness of the book came through so well for me. Though so different from the "Ladies Detective Agency" series, "Irregular Verbs" only serves to highlight the author's incredible insight to the admirable and entertaining in the ordinary human character. A wonderful treat.
I enjoyed this book as much as any of McCall Smith's others, though it was a bit over the top, even for Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld. Hi..Show More »s stuffy self satisfaction and obliviously ethnocentric views somehow blend with an ultimately moral character and occassional display of feeling that leave him in mind as an infernal teddy bear. All of the previous books in this series have been fairly believable as to plot; this one not so much--perhaps it is McCall Smith's token work of Magical Realism? Regardless, I enjoyed the read/listen very much.
This is the first time I have read this series about Professor Dr. Monitz-Maria Von Igelfeld and his dachshund. The title got my attention and of cou..Show More »rse it is written by Alexander McCall Smith, but I think I prefer the other two series I routinely listen to by Smith. In this story Professor Van Igelfeld discovers Detlev-Amadeus Untenholzer is on a short list to win an award. Of course Igelfeld think the committee mistook Untenholzer for himself and sets off to see if he can get that corrected. He lives in a Bavarian city of Regensburg and some of the story talks place at a resort in the Alps on a student retreat with lectures by Igelfeld. I will not give away what applies to the olive oil as it is unexpected. The story has some humor and per usual for a Smith book an ethical question or delemma. It is short and worth the read for a break from the usual stories. Paul Hecht did a good job narrating the story.