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  • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.

    Benedict says: "Great story, simply gorgeous narration..."
    "Another Isabel winner!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plots of the Isabel Dalhousie novels are subtle: more about human nature and interactions than action or events. That said, this one held together very well and kept me moving forward as interesting things were revealed and just when I (or Isabel) thought I knew something, it was likely to be revealed that maybe we were off base. Nicely done!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Oh, Isabel is always my favorite. I always listen to Porter's performances because her accent gives just the right flavor. To me, she IS Isabel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't listen to this series to get an extreme reaction. I listen because getting inside Isabel's head, where most of the story takes place, reveals things to me about my own interior monologues, both generous and sometimes a tad too quick to intellectualize and draw conclusions.


    Any additional comments?

    Eagerly awaiting the next Isabel Dalhousie novel! Each gets better than the last.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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