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.
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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.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Another adventure from our friends on Scotland St. Matt and Elsbeth struggle with parenthood in triplicate. Bertie still wonders what it is like to be seven. It is all very touching and funny and just great to hear about the people on Scotland st. I feel like everyone can relate to some aspect of every character. I even caught myself empathizing with Irene. I am always very sad when Angus reads his poem to his friends because that means this installment has come to an end. I can't wait for the next one. Will Mathew and Elsbeth find "harmony" in their family? Can Pat wash Bruce ( or at least give him a good gel) out of her hair? Will big Lou find love? Will Cyril be able to love Dominica as much as Angus? And most importantly will Bertie ever be seven? All things I will ponder as I patiently await the next installment. In the meantime Mma Ramotswe is on the case so thank you Alexander McCall Smith for the hours of enjoyment you have given me.
Narration is fantastic, and I always enjoy AMS's characters. So colorful. Listening to his books puts me in a great mood and gives me a few good laughs.
Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot
I always feel a little sad when I reach the end of one of hese delightful books.
Charm. Character. Love. Truth. Humor. I laughed to myself all the time.
Every single thing. I can't believe an author can be so sensitive, and warm and funny at the same time.
Yes. Glad I read the previous one where Bertie wanted to be seven. A great prequel to this.
I honestly don't know. Knowing Bertie, and the fact that he can play the blues, is so heartwarming.
Love it. Wish there were lots more already done.
It must be because the narration is at least as good as the writing - maybe better than it deserves. I can't say for sure as I have not tried reading the print version. Anyway, it's a great combination.
The Ladies Detective Agency series is comparable in that the stories are intriguing without being disturbing (except mildly). I can listen to these books at night when I can't sleep and I usually fall back to sleep listening. It's easy to get back to where I fell asleep because there is a chapter point at each chapter of the book.
He has a unique voice for each of the wonderful characters and makes most of them charming.
When Big Lou dumps the Elvis Impersonator at the convention and has dinner with the farmer from her home town instead. I loved their conversation.
I'm sad there are only two books left in the series. I plan to try the Corduroy series next.
At last we find Bertie - at the end - with the hope of being allowed to just be a little boy. What did I like? Everything - the dear people as well as the not-so-dear, the bits of history, odd facts and events, introduction to Auden, whom I will now pursue with interest, and much, much more.
The narrator made it especially enjoyable.
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