Monday, May 21, 2007

I Listen for Your Protection, Ladies and Gentlemen

Well, another Alexander McCall Smith bites the dust.

Hope springs eternal, because the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues to appeal--I just listened to the first one and read the latest one.

So of course I couldn't resist trying the second one in his Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld series, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs. This one, it turns out, leans more toward slapstick, which McCall Smith doesn't do as well as he does subtle tongue-in-cheek, or maybe I just wasn't in the mood. I confess I didn't finish it, didn't even get past the second disk, as a dachshund's third leg was mistakenly amputated. Quite possibly they were all reattached later, as things tend to work out in McCall Smith's worlds, but I didn't have the stomach to listen to the process.

Instead I switched to a book I read in high school: All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren. The narrator of this version (Michael Emerson, Recorded Books) is passable (though I think I'd prefer someone who sounds older and more Southern) and the prose is as rich as I'd remembered it. You can have it after I'm done with it, but only after.


Carmen said...

I have been listening to All the Kings Men too. I love his writing. We should read it with the reading group. I love his metaphores. This book is also one of my husband's favorites.

Joan A. said...

I agree, Carmen! Let's remember to suggest it. (Who's the narrator on the one you're listening to?)