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The Careful Use of Compliments Audiobook

The Careful Use of Compliments

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Publisher's Summary

For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

©2007 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2007 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Isabel Dalhousie's charm is undeniable" (Sunday Times)

"McCall Smith has the gift of evoking an entire social atmosphere in very few and simple words" (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • Renka
    Kirriemuir, Scotland
    9/18/15
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    "The narrator needs to do a bit of research"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly


    What other book might you compare The Careful Use of Compliments to, and why?

    There are many books set in various parts of Scotland and narrated by people who are actually Scots and therefore familiar with the variety of Scots accents. This book is spoilt by the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    Davina Porter is usually a reasonable narrator and I have enjoyed other books she has narrated but in this case her pronunciation of Scottish place names are so far off beam as to be almost laughable and no-one on the Isle of Jura, particularly the family (who actually exist) she is imitating, have ever spoken with the awful accent she uses. She has also grafted a Glasgow accent onto the characters from Edinburgh.


    Could you see The Careful Use of Compliments being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Unlikely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    9/15/15
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    "A good listen"

    This worked really well as an audiobook. It is a well written story nicely put together and a good length. The characters are likeable and the narration is excellent. I immediately want to hear another in the series if there is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • christine
    wirral, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Davina Porter"
    If you could sum up The Careful Use of Compliments in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, calming and intriguing


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Davina Porter could read all the Isabel Dalhousie series. I would listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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