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PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS

PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS

Alexander McCall Smith
Read by Paul Hecht

The author of the highly successful NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY offers another treasure in this gentle satire of academics. This first book of a trilogy chronicles the activities of Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, professor of philology and author of PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS, a scholarly tome of 1200 pages, only 200 copies of which have been sold and even fewer of which (if any) have been read. (Von Igelfeld’s female dentist uses her copy as the perfect step stool for reaching patients.) Paul Hecht’s deep baritone gives the necessary pseudo-scholarly tone to academicians measuring out their lives in Dravidian verb shifts, Urdu subjunctives, and Early Irish obscenities. Hecht takes the seemingly pointless minutiae of archaic grammars and transforms them into moments of quiet mirth, always investing the bumbling von Igelfeld with endearing goodness. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE/JULY 05]

Fiction • 4 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2003

Trade Ed. • Recorded Books • 2005

CD ISBN $22.99 • Four CDs

DD ISBN $16.09

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