Someone said it was funny. It's not funny. Somehow I got the impression it would be cute and light hearted. It's not. It's boring. Boring. Boring.
After getting introduced at length to characters, book opens up and is a nice interesting read . Completely different from "Ladies Detective Agency" series, still very enjoyable.
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.
Having a point to the intersecting lives would have helped. There needed to be a plot or a reason to care about these mundane people
For me, this book needed a beginning middle and ending or at least some obvious progression.
I am not familiar with Simon Prebble but I think the narration was fine.
The characters were fleshed out and the descriptions were good.
If I didn't have a compulsion to finish every book I start, I wouldn't have finished this one
I was leery of this because, as much as I love Precious Ramotswe, I hated the characters in 44 Scotland St. So I put this off for a long time. But this was fun, with characters I really liked. I plan to read more in the series just to see what happens to them next. I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, but I decided that Precious and Grace were 5s and these were right below.
Corduroy Mansions was just a fun book. It was upbeat and quick-moving. I quickly came to be interested in each character and found them to be varied and mostly likeable - except for the ones that weren't supposed to be. When the book was over I was tempted to use my next credit immediately on the next book, but I resisted because I don't want them all to be done too quickly. Simon Prebble did a wonderful job with the narration, with good pacing, enunciation, and emphasis. All in all, an excellent choice!