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