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Portuguese Irregular Verbs

Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
Series: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
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Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie.

Von Igelfeld inhabits the rarefied world of the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, a world he shares with his equally tall and equally ridiculous colleagues, Professors Florianus Prinzel and Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Their unlikely adventures are described in three deliciously funny instalments: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances.

©2003 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

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  • Cidem
  • Marrickville, Australia
  • 02-23-11

Listen again and again

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; fills each character with a unique personality and reads with such dry wit. I truely love this audiobook.

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Hugh Laurie rocks!

I love Alexander McCall Smith and read with pleasure just about everything he writes. Although the characters in his 44 Scotland Street and (sadly arrested after just three novels) Corduroy Mansions series are closer to my heart than those in Portuguese Irregular Verbs, this is possibly his funniest collection. The humour is delightfully absurd. But it is Hugh Laurie's outstanding narration that has motivated me to write a review. It is absolute perfection.

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  • Maybelle
  • 01-01-11

Hugh Laurie is a joy to listen to

An eccentric comic novel which gently parodies the academic life. Hugh Laurie's reading is a joy, he manages 6 or 7 different German character's voices, a number of Italians, and Irish, among others, both male and female, and gives each character their distinctive voice, accent and mannerisms, preserving this during dialogue. He knows exactly the right tone of voice to adopt to bring out the humour in the book. I'm looking forward to listening to him read the other books in this trilogy.

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  • Sylvia
  • 06-24-09

I loved it!

I thought it was a delightful story, engagingly read by Hugh Laurie. The humour was gentle but pointed at the rarefied world of the academy. Very reminiscent of PG Wodehouse.

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  • C. Veiel
  • 11-12-13

wonderful laugh

What made the experience of listening to Portuguese Irregular Verbs the most enjoyable?

Apart from the charming book it was Hugh Laurie's excellent performance that made this audible book so enjoyable. He is absolutely wonderful at mimicking the accents and in giving the personae their character.I ordered all three and enjoyed them greatly. Wish there were more of them.

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I am mostly german myself and thoroughly enjoyed the clever, but somehow tender parody of the german professors.

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  • David J James
  • 01-25-19

Exceptionally funny and thoughtful comedy

A brilliant piece of erudite comedy. The first in what was a trilogy and became in the end a four part series of novels about Von Igelfeld. The performance was first-class, as you'd expect from the famous name - and clearly Hugh Laurie must have really enjoyed reading this out as well.

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  • Chris
  • 09-26-07

disappointing.

Having enjoyed the authors' 'Lady Detective'I was looking forward to this enormously.Unfortunately I was so bored that I couldn't listen beyond chapter four.There is nothing here to recommend - the story is just not funny, the music between chapters irritating at best - a total waste of Hugh Lauries' talents as a narrator.

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