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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Wasn't what I expected

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Just wasn't interesting to me

What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?

The story line

What didn’t you like about Paul Hecht’s performance?

It was OK

What character would you cut from The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

don't know

Any additional comments?

I really couldn't finish the book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JACKSON HTS, NY, United States
  • 04-07-12

not about dogs, except triple amputation

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

maybe someone who hates dogs. but likes boring stuffy people

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

no

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

no. paul's a good reader

What character would you cut from The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

Everyone but the sausage dog!!

Any additional comments?

the title is misleading! false advertising! I was robbed! And what they did to that poor little dachshund was horrible. anyone who thinks that was humorous is sick and perverted!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful