I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (fiction) - This story takes place in Scotland, sometime near the present day. When I bought this book, I was expecting a heartwarming family-oriented story about a six-year-old child. There is that component to the story and it's very sweet (Bertie and his overbearing mother), but there's two other story lines of equal importance -- a story about some newlyweds and another about two women vying for the attention of one man. The stories are all basically about navigating through life's various ups and downs, and there's lots of character development. I almost returned this book after about an hour or so of listening to it because there wasn't enough going on to hold my interest, but I persevered. Soon I became involved with the characters and their various personal journeys.
PERFORMANCE - Good job.
OVERALL - Recommended for adults only. Even though there's no sex or profanity, children would find it boring. It's part of a series, but the story stands alone. This book is basically rambling around in the daily lives of richly developed characters. I prefer a little more "going on" in books so I won't be continuing with the series, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless.
sincere, funny, real
When Bertie made a friend.
the whole book was real because of him. it always takes awhile to get into a voice and then you are hooked!
The love that each character had for each other. Loyalty. When Matthew does everything he can to show love for Elspeth from timing her eggs, fluffing her bed, and buying her a home it really gives a person a wonderful feeling inside.
I wish I had started with the first in the series. not sure if going backwards would help or matter. hmm.
Bertie gets free!
Irish country doctor series. Mitford series
The narration brings the whole neighborhood to life...you know each of the character voices and the tone that he sets.
Love the series!I have loved the 44 Scotland street series...it is a fun slice of life series with hilarious characters that is a perfect listen for running around as the format is serial like.
Yes. I love this series...it is my favorite of McCall Smith's. I always choose to listen to these as audiobooks rather than read them because the narrator does such a terrific job.
I love the characters that have been developed over the course of this series. The book is very witty.
I love his Scottish accents. He does a great job of distinguishing the characters without being distracting.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
I've already bought a copy of this for my daughter. Each of the characters in McCall Smith's books are complex and imperfect, as are we all. I look meeting them. Anyone who has wanted to adopt Bertie in past books, as I have, will be gratified by little "Ullyses," who innocently brings the revenge of Bertie upon their mother.
There is a minute-to-minute on-the-edge-of-your-seat-"ism" with each of the books in this sequence, as there are always several plots interwoven.
His performances are great, as was this one!
Absolutely, I would probably have glued on my headphones, if that were a feasible option.
More Bertie! More Bertie!
Here is another charming tale about Berdie, one of my favorite characters in McCall-Smith's books. These are light, engrossing tales with enter weaving plot lines and engaging character flaws and traits that we all share to one extent or another. I love these books and look forward to Berdie growing older.
Another of my recent listens - Beautiful Ruins - which also has interlocking plot lines. Beautiful Ruins was a very good read!
He brings the texture of the language, the accents and the engrossing forcefullness of his character.
Bertie is back in great form, and romance is blooming among the elderly. Just when you think 44 Scotland Streeet couldn't get any better, any funnier or any sweeter, it has. You'll be cheering for Bertie's dad, feeling anxious about Matthew's impending parenthood and getting weepy when Angus finally makes his move. Enjoy!
I'm a big fan of the 44 Scotland Street series, and have read or listened to all of the previous books. As usual, the performance of Robert Ian Mackenzie was spot on, and I really enjoyed listening. However, I found the plot of this book to be much darker than the previous books, which I did not enjoy. And the feminist in me took umbrage more than once, for example (hopefully this is not a spoiler): a conflict between women ending in hair pulling. Really?
But overall I really enjoyed listening to this book, and will certainly listen to future books in this series.
no, too many other wonderful books to read, including the upcoming Isabel Dalhousie books.
Just waiting for the next bon mot.
A smile for the soul
a book of kindness and smiles
witty, engrossing, educational
Satisfying characters going through life in a similar but different culture
The accent of Edinburgh
No - wanted to make it last
Love all his books, but this is my favorite series