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  • 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
    (182)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    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+"
    "I want More"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bertie Plays the Blues the most enjoyable?

    Charm. Character. Love. Truth. Humor. I laughed to myself all the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every single thing. I can't believe an author can be so sensitive, and warm and funny at the same time.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Glad I read the previous one where Bertie wanted to be seven. A great prequel to this.


    If you could rename Bertie Plays the Blues, what would you call it?

    I honestly don't know. Knowing Bertie, and the fact that he can play the blues, is so heartwarming.


    Any additional comments?

    Love it. Wish there were lots more already done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10179)
    Performance
    (9315)
    Story
    (9334)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "The best book I ever Heard or Read"
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    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    I was able to picture everything. and feel everything. I am not done with it. I can't stop listening, and yet I can't bear for it to end. I am so drawn to it and I don't want him to get caught. I want to hide the painting for him. I want to comfort him so he doesn't have to do drugs. I want him to know that he isn't alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theo, Theo, Theo. His sadness. His brilliance. His pain. He needs to talk to someone so much. (I am not done yet, so maybe this works out!)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hobe accepting him immediately at the door when he showed up the very first time. I can't imagine reading the book. I think everyone should listen to the audio book.


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

    Cry. Very emotional to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Recently had two close friends die and I felt so emotional right from the beginning of the story. I wish everyone would listen to it with an open mind and picture themselves in such lonely, sad circumstances, and yet have people who come along and save you along the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

    Benedict says: "Beyond touching"
    "Glad to have found it!"
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    If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

    sincere, funny, real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Seven?

    When Bertie made a friend.


    What about Robert Ian Mackenzie’s performance did you like?

    the whole book was real because of him. it always takes awhile to get into a voice and then you are hooked!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had started with the first in the series. not sure if going backwards would help or matter. hmm.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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