Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith.
With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....
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"I'd give 10* if I could!"
As an Edinburghensian, though one who has lived away from her native city for too long, I found this book to be an undiluted pleasure. The author obviously loves the city with all its foibles. Bertie, despite a constant barrage from his dreadful mother and the equally awful Olive, manages to retain his essential sweetness and optimism, helped by his pleasant, if weak, father and his delightful grandmother and most of the regular inhabitants of Scotland Street and its environs appear to contribute to the gentle humour which had me smiling through nearly all the book. The narration by David Rintoul is an added plus and is worth several stars on its own!
"Castration of Stuart - and Bertie"
As usual this is a wonderful narration by David Rintoul - chust sublime! I only get these books in audible form - I think much of the story would be lost - perhaps it would seem repetitive and mundane without David Rintoul's input.
I look forward to the day when Stuart will find lasting happiness - and have the gumption to take Wee Bertie away to FREEDOM with him. I love the whole weaving together of these wonderful characters who have become so real over the years and feel like friends.
Hailing originally from the Firth of Clyde myself, it has warmed me to Edinburgh, so much so that I have even sought out places such as The Canny Mans, The Cumberland Bar, Henderson's, and Valvona & Crolla in Elm Row. I thought the Steiner School was a figment of Sandy's imagination, but I am assured by Edinburgh friends that it does exist. Whether it has ever had pupils named Knotweed, Tofu or Hiawatha remains to be seen.
Irene's character is well written, and it shows how well written as I would love to see her go off to live in Aberdeen - although I am sure Aberdeen has done nothing so bad to deserve her.
Can't wait until the next one Sandy.
"What's not to love about Alexander McCall Smith?"
The characters in 44 Scotland Street are always engaging and delightful, with the obvious exceptions of the monstrous Irene Pollock and the narcissistic Bruce Anderson. To say more would be a spoiler !!!
Sit back and enjoy David Rintoul's excellent reading. It's hard to put down and yet disappointing when it ends knowing I will have to wait for the next installment to find out what happens in Bertie's life next.
"I can't get enough of these books."
David Rintoul is brilliant at narrating these audiobooks.
Great story that can be hilarious at times and also have you crying your eyes out too.You just grow to love the characters like they were real people.
"McCall Smith does it again!"
The warmth and love for the characters just gets stronger. Routing for wee Bertie and dear Stewart is heart rending. I hope it'll no be long afore the next instalment!
"A delight as always"
A welcome return to 44 Scotland Street and the host of interesting and annoying characters. Quite simply superb!
Just as excellent as the previous books in this series. All the characters are so beautifully portrayed and the narrator is perfect. Hope it's not too long before the next book.
"Continuity errors everywhere but still enjoyable "
I have been a bit addicted to the books in this series since moving away from Edinburgh, it fills the gap in my heart for this city.
As I have read them all now I obviously enjoy them but it is quite frustrating when as a long standing reader you are constantly going over old plot points and also there are hundreds of continuity errors in the series combined. I think he forgets what he has written in the earlier books!
"Pleasent story but lacks a conclusion"
Several interlocking stories with interesting characters but it ended without resolution. The narrator is relaxing to listen to.
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