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Espresso Tales | [Alexander McCall Smith]

Espresso Tales

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.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, crafts the second irresistible installment in his Scotland Street series. Espresso Tales follows the charming and immensely popular 44 Scotland Street as all the favorite residents of that Edinburgh address return.

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.

Check out the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and 44 Scotland Street (Unabridged).

©2005 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2006 Record Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dorothea Chicago, Israel 01-15-07
    Dorothea Chicago, Israel 01-15-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Brilliant, as usual."

    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.


    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-17-14
    Julie Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Love this series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the humor, the characters and the pace -- because it was originally serialized in a newspaper, it has that fun, chunky structure.


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

    The narration is a perfect match for the tone of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Start at the beginning of this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dora Centreville, MD, United States 02-19-13
    dora Centreville, MD, United States 02-19-13
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    "love this book"
    If you could sum up Espresso Tales in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely charming characters!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bertie visits the psychologist and identifies Mummy as person who keeps him from enjoying his little boy life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Could have done


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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