Between glances in the mirror, vain Bruce contemplates a new career as a wine merchant. His troubled flatmate, Pat, finds himself looking for true love at a nudist picnic. Precocious Bertie, now six years old, prepares for kindergarten despite the horror of being forced to wear pink overalls. Meanwhile, his domineering mother, Irene, and his psychologist, Dr. Fairbarn, struggle with dark secrets as Bertie plots his rebellion against them.
It's business as usual in the Georgian townhouse at 44 Scotland Street, and McCall Smith's innumerable fans wouldn't have it any other way.
©2005 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2006 Record Books LLC
"McCall Smith's pacing is impeccable." (Publishers Weekly)
"Robert Ian Mackenzie's impeccable take on the characters reveals their trials, tribulations, blind spots, and charms." (AudioFile)
This sequel to 44 Scotland Street (please read/listen to them in order) is a pleasure. The narration, the observations and gentle social satire are superb. As one would expect, the book is completely character-driven--and one truly cares about these people (well, most of them, anyway---some are delightfully contemptible.)
This is everything an audio book should be. I received the paperback as a gift, and held off
reading it (with difficulty) until the audio was released.
I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun send-up of modern times. It's set in Edinburgh but could just as well be San Francisco, Portland or Brooklyn.
I love the humor, the characters and the pace -- because it was originally serialized in a newspaper, it has that fun, chunky structure.
The narration is a perfect match for the tone of the story.
No -- I enjoyed listening over a week or so in the car. Because it was written as a serial, it is better in smaller doses.
Start at the beginning of this series!
Absolutely charming characters!
Bertie visits the psychologist and identifies Mummy as person who keeps him from enjoying his little boy life
Could have done
I had read previously, but enjoy the narrator's voice and style. I let him read me to sleep every night. I love this book.
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