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Chance Developments Audiobook

Chance Developments: Stories

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Publisher's Summary

It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them.

Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings - an estate in the Highlands of Scotland; a travelling circus in Canada; an Australian gold-mining town; a village in Ireland; and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Some will find joy and fulfilment - others would prefer happier endings. Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters.

©2016 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Lucy C. Drake 12-02-16
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    "Enjoyable Read!"

    Each story had well-developed characters and an interesting plot. Smith carried the theme of love throughout each unique story.

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    Merrill Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-15-16
    Merrill Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming stories!"

    I love stories by Alexander McCall Smith. Happy endings! Perfect for my thirty minute commute.

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    Amazon Customer North Carolina 08-02-16
    Amazon Customer North Carolina 08-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Short stories from old photos...with no photos"
    What made the experience of listening to Chance Developments the most enjoyable?

    Each reader seemed specifically chosen for the story and characters - so glad AMS went with a collaborative approach! The familiar narrators from all the AMS series were a pleasure to hear from again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The approach of starting with an old photo is incredible. As I listened, I imagined the photos and what details let AMS down the paths he chose.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Sister Flora.


    If you could take any character from Chance Developments out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harry. Such a fascinating life.


    Any additional comments?

    Given this book's tight tie to the inspirational images, it would have been fantastic for Audible to find a way to share those images. I have managed to find a couple of them online, but I'd still really like to see the rest!

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