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44 Scotland Street: 44 Scotland Street, Book 1 | [Alexander McCall Smith]

44 Scotland Street: 44 Scotland Street, Book 1

The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian.
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The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world. In McCall Smith's hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.

©2005 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Ruth Brisbane, Australia 08-04-13
    Ruth Brisbane, Australia 08-04-13
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    "Blah"
    What would have made 44 Scotland Street better?

    getting to the point quicker - it rambled on and on about nothing of importance


    What could Alexander McCall Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    cut out at least 50 chapters. Created characters that had at least some redeeming qualities - they were all vapid, boring , self obsessed and insipid.


    Which character – as performed by Hilary Neville – was your favorite?

    she did a great job considering how little she had to work with


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    completely mis represented in the reviews. Did these people actually listen to this drivel??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Louise
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    3/2/12
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    "A gentle read full of delicious humour"

    A great book if you are looking for a gentle read. The book is full of interesting characters, subtly and amusingly portrayed - with hints of the completely absurd, which just add to the fun. I can't wait to read/listen to the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia
    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
    9/13/13
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    "Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    For me it lacked the liveliness of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. And I also found it incomplete.


    What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?

    I felt it lacked a point.


    What three words best describe Hilary Neville’s performance?

    Good, clear, easy


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's well written


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it's just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "a good story well read a pleasure to listen to"

    I thoroughly enjoyed all the description of their lives it was so interesting and amusing - I fell asleep with a smile on my face and slept well :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    11/18/12
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    "Gentle and entertaining"

    Fine characterisation by Hilary Neville helps make this a very pleasing and entertaining audio book, with a varied and interesting cast of individuals.

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