I started this series after I finished the Scotland Street series (an all-time favorite) - I had high hopes but this book didn't quite live up to my expectations. I think the characters are just not as likable, although they are interesting.
IMO the Scotland Street series and the Ladies' Detective series are two of the best audiobook series ever, due in large part to the beyond excellent narrators, but nothing else by McCall Smith is quite as good.
Simon Prebble does an excellent job, as always.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I got this book and plan to buy the next one. I'll listen to this one again before I do.
This series is just not as funny or enjoyable as the Love Over Scotland series.
It was not funny. In all of the relationships one of the persons was so unable to voice their wants and desires. Everyone was either too passive or too bossy!
I liked William and his family situation and dog.
William and the dog.
Just finished listening and find myself wondering what to make of this. I didn't read much about it before downloading and thought it just sounded kind of fun and I suppose it was. Was is the equivalent of a Seinfeld - a book about nothing? If so, I guess we're just supposed to enjoy the characters, which were just ok . . .there is one incident with the dog that, for me, made at least one character absolutely unredeemable, but the characters in the book react fairly lightly to do it. So, even the "good guy" does some pretty questioning things. I don't think I will be continuing on in this series. It makes no sense to me. I love Simon Prebble though so just hearing his voice for a while may have made it worth it.
I loved 44 Scotland Street, but haven't been able to connect with the other books or series by this author. So, I'm delighted to find another series that I do like. I'm in the middle of something else now and neglected to write a review promptly, so it's brief. I find there are similarities to 44 Scotland Street, lovable, but flawed characters, that, if you enjoy the social commentary and suspend reality just a little, can be very enjoyable. I'm going to get the next in the series and will enjoy meeting up with the characters again.
I can't write a review of what I'm currently reading because it's from the library, but The Presidents Club, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy is SO much more than I realized. I highly recommend it if you have any interest in the subject. It's an enormous window into history and a great behind-the-scenes view of all the presidents going back to Truman (I haven't finished and I'm not sure who the final one is, however). It seems very balanced and reminds me a bit of the approach and style of Bob Woodward. You trust them very early on and sense their portrayal of each man is both honest and respectful. There was a lot going on that we didn't hear about as the events occurred and this is your chance to find out!
Yes, but I regret the Corduroy Mansions purchase as it shares many of the story lines of 44 Scotland Street.
From the Alexander McCall line, I'll stick to the "Number One Ladies Detective Agency."
The story was fine, I had simply read most of it when I read the "44 Scotland Street" books. I don't know which series came first, but there's no need to pay twice for a recyled story.
A quiet and thoroughly delightful excursion into the lives of a group of people living in Corduroy Mansions, which has been broken up into flats. The odd occurrences and everyday ups and downs of the inhabitants and their acquaintances are almost like a British "Rear Window" with glimpses into everyone's life. No murders, of course, unless you count a most beautiful pair of shoes.....! A regular treat, this book is!
Closer to so many different story lines.
Too many of the story lines were left hanging. The whole story lacked closure.
I always enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's work, and this was not exception. He charactors are interested and weel developed. I just wish they did something! Charactor development is fine, but some action would be appreciated.
Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc
It took me awhile to get into this book. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different resident of an apartment building in London. Each story is gently told and the movement and change is subtle and gentle. The characters are human, at once frustrating and endearing or flawed. By the time I finished, I enjoyed this book very much. I look forward to listening to the next one.