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Pauline

Redlands, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (410)

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Carl says: "Fun Like Always"
    "Still charming, but .. ."
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    I have become very fond of the principal characters in this series, but this book has too much of the same musings about Botswana, etc. and not enough plot. The storyline about the tiny white van is just silly and tiresome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    Domestic bliss seems in short supply at 44 Scotland Street. Over at the Pollocks', dad, Stuart, is harbouring a secret about a secret society and Bertie is feeling kind of blue. Having had enough of his neurotic hot-housing mother, he puts himself up for adoption on eBay. Will he go to the highest bidder or will he have to take matters into his own hands? Will the lovelorn Big Lou find true love on the Internet? And will Angus Lordie and Domenica make it up the aisle? Catch up with all your favorite faces down in 44 Scotland Street as we follow their daily pursuit of a little happiness.

    Pauline says: "Eternally 6+"
    "Eternally 6+"
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    While Bertie is charming as always, McCall Smith should end the series here rather keeping Bertie at 6-7 forever. There seemed to have been a breakthrough with his mother, but we have been there before. And therein lies the problem: Bertie is treading water with no progress. Unless he gets older and changes, we will keep getting the same problems over and over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bertie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

    glamazon says: "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"
    "Talky"
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    Talk tends to outweigh plot, as is typical of the later books in whatever series this author writes. This volume is no exception. While I usually enjoy his observations about life, only Scots would be interested in most of the discussions that are in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Comfort Safari Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (360)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

    bebe says: "I love this series"
    "Serendipity"
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    This latest entry in the series is following what has become an all too familiar pattern: long on musings by the characters and short on actual detection. Mma Ramotswe has to find the beneficiary of a legacy, and, I am afraid to say, she actually messes that up. There must be a rule in the Principles of Private Detection that would tell her to show the photograph of the benefactor to the prospective heir before promising him the legacy. Everything is satisfactorily resolved more by serendipity than by Mma Ramotswe's skills. Still enjoyable, but the standards are falling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (503)

    This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

    Johnnie Walker says: "The End?"
    "Enough with the tiny white van."
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    One can only hope that we have heard the last of this sappy storyline. I know it is symbolic, but it is also a way for the author to fill up space without the bother of thinking of up an original plot. I was hoping that Mma Ramotswe, as wise as she is, would eventually realize that things are just things and one needs to let go at some point.

    Another minor gripe is that the artifice of Mma Makotswe talking shoes is being overused.

    However, the author did come up with a new case that Mma Ramotswe actually helps resolve in a fashion. Overall, this book is another enjoyable entry in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2727)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1239)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Mysteries of life"
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    No heavy crime here. The heroine and her assistants puzzle out the mysteries of human relationships while drinking bush tea. Add their philosophizing about Africa and morality and you get thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. Charming!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Susan Orlean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    "He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

    Sandra L. Hackett says: "Hire a narrator!"
    "Don't expect a Laura Hillenbrand quality story"
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    I agree with the other reviews about the artless and flat narration. But the writing is not that much better. It should have been titled "My Life Researching and Obsessing over Rin Tin Tin." Far too much of the book is about the author's experiences in researching the story and her philosophical musings about the actual dog and his movie and TV persona. And her numerous digressions are pointless and tedious. Why did the author find it necessary to devote space to the man who impersonated the actor who had portrayed Rusty on the TV series.
    The first part of the book dealing with the discovery of the "real" Rin Tin Tin on a WWI battlefield and his rise to stardom was interesting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (603)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Tedious rant"
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    When the story deals with the author's relationship with the dog, it is entertaining as well as affecting. The narrative is too often disjointed and becomes a political rant.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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